McKinsey partner enforces Middle East Quartet

30 April 2014

The so-called 'Middle East Quartet' has appointed the Dutch Kito de Boer to lead its efforts in boosting Palestine’s economic private-sector investments. De Boer works for McKinsey & Company since 1985 and is currently leading the Public Sector Practice for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Tomorrow, the nomination is officially announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Quartet on the Middle East

In the year 2002, four economic superpowers –the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia– decided to combine their forces and introduce the 'Middle-East Quartet'. Foremost goal: mediating the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and guiding a common outcome. Tony Blair is currently the special envoy of the Quartet. Formerly this role was fulfilled by James Wolfensohn (former Chairman of the World Bank) and José Maria Aznar (Spain’s former Prime Minister).


Next to facilitating peace discussions, the Middle East Quartet also works hard for developing the Palestinian economy. The Palestinian economy has a total GDP of an approximate $10 billion, what comes down to an average GDP per capital of $876 (Gaza) and $1924 (West Bank). Palestine’s economy is one of the poorest in the region.  Apart from this, it still suffers from international sanctions and legislations. As a result, both foreign investment and private-sector  investment is relatively low. With this in mind, four initiators decided to attract Kito de Boer. He is given the demanding task to excite major investors in establishing their local presence in Palestine.

His nomination does not come as a surprise. Over the past months he was leading a team of McKinsey consultants providing the Middle East Quartet with strategic and economic plans. By the beginning of March, the end document was presented. According this document, the Palestinian economy could receive a massive impulse if private sector investment will be targeting eight key sectors.

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Kito de Boer

The Dutchman Kito de Boer is currently situated in the Dubai office of McKinsey & Company. He is leading the practice which advises EMEA governments on how to improve economic growth, education and health care. De Boer joined McKinsey in the year 1985 in London after graduating from Loughborough University (Leicestershire; UK). In the year 1993, he moved to New Delhi helping to launch the Indian Practice. In the year 2000, he moved to Dubai configuring the practice in the Middle East. Between 2000 and 2008, he was McKinsey’s managing director.


Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.