&samhoud opens office in Zurich after Joint Venture

18 October 2013 Consultancy.uk

&samhoud has opened an office Switzerland. Based in Zürich, the new office is after Kuala Lumpur the second international establishment of the organisational advisory firm*. The official opening will be held on October the 30th, 2013.

The Zürich office is not a brand new opening yet the result of a joint venture with Conavis, a boutique Swiss consulting firm. Similar to &samhoud, Conavis offers services in the areas of organizational development, training and coaching. The firm has seven consultants in service and is run by managing partners John Kuenzler and Jorge Cendales. As a result of the joint venture, Conavis has been rebranded to &samhoud Switzerland 

Switzerland zurich - Samhoud

Jorge Cendales worked for over 10 years for the business consulting branch of IBM (‘IBM BCS’), before he joined Hewlett Packard in 2001. After eight year with HP, he decided to return to the advisory branch and become part of Conavis.

John Kuenzler has more than 15 years of consulting experience in organizational development, innovation management and coaching. He worked for years at EY, a CRM specialist and CLS Communication, a global service provider that provides translation services.

Salem Samhoud - Jorge Cendales - John Kuenzle

Familiar market

The Swiss market is not a greenfield for &samhoud. Over the years the consultancy has worked for a number of Swiss customers, including the guidance of a large transformation at the Swiss Railways. This strong basis and network led to the logical consequence of opening an office in Switzerland, according to &samhoud.

* Early 2011 &samhoud opened an office in Kuala Lumpur. Untill the end of 2011 &samhoud also had an office in Madrid, Spain, atlhough the Spanish arm was closed seven years after the start. According to founder Salem Samhoud this was mainly caused by slow decision making in the country, combined with a poor business outlook.


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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”