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Flying through digital turbulence

Flying through digital turbulence

– by Nicholas Harvey, Regional Director – InterSearch Middle East

Digital and technological innovations have disrupted most industries, modernising their functioning, expanding markets and sometimes even displacing established entities. The pressure is on legacy airlines to own the revolution or be left motionless on the runway.

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Shifting Paradigms

Shifting Paradigms

Preparing skilled and trained human cadres in line with the future requirements of various economic sectors as well as the general directions of Vision 2040, is a collective responsibility of the government, education institutions, the private sector companies and other key stakeholders.

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Technology & Career trends in the Life Science Industry

Technology & Career trends in the Life Science Industry

It is a known fact that in both professional and personal areas of our lives, we are constantly experiencing changes influenced and triggered by technology. This is inevitable. Everyday we see new apps on mobile devices, new software and upgrades applicable to the performance of different functions in academia, research, healthcare, data management, financial services, cybersecurity, electoral records, data protection and the list goes on.

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Transfer of Business to Next Generation Leadership and Successors

Transfer of Business to Next Generation Leadership and Successors

  • Who should take over the business when you retire?
  • Are you preparing a successor for your position?
  • How long does it’ll take to fulfill a succession plan and what tools will you use if you are to choose only one of several successors?

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Electric mobility may transform the Automotive industry like never before

Electric mobility may transform the Automotive industry like never before

It is a common and unanimous opinion among the operators that electric mobility is a growing sector becoming a trend not only sustained by an elite of technology passionate but something that represents an essential component for the future of the private transport and the public one as well.

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Global Board Survey 2019 – Creating Impact In And From The Boardroom

Global Board Survey 2019 – Creating Impact In And From The Boardroom

InterSearch – Worldwide Organization of Executive Search Firms in partnership with Board Network – The Danish Professional Directors Association are conducting a global survey among corporate board chairs and board members to gain their view on the most significant trends, changes and challenges.

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InterSearch Norway

InterSearch Worldwide partner in Norway re-branding – New name, New opportunities, Same passion

Since 2013, Sekse & Hogstad has been a highly valued member of InterSearch Worldwide; a leading global Executive Search firm with over 90 offices in 50 countries. Today we are excited to launch the new global brand name of InterSearch Norway to align with the firms ambitious growth strategy and depth of international focus for the future.
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AD Connect: Bringing the HR Leadership Community Together In Abu Dhabi

-by Asel Shilikbayeva

InterSearch Middle East Limited in Abu Dhabi recently conducted an AD Connect HR  Leaders Session in collaboration with Al Tamimi Law Firm and TechnipFMC. The seminar welcomed 24 HR Senior Leaders contributing to the discussion on the topic of The Role of Human Resources during Mergers and Acquisitions.

First Row, From L to R: Christopher Jakob, HR Director – Emirates Food Industries, Jane Cauilan, HR Manager – Serco Middle East, Suzanne Gingles, Associate – Al Tamimi Law & Co., Kolya Wyatt, HR Manager, Middle East and North Africa – OMV, Najem Al Teneiji, HR Manager – Masdar Institute of Technology, Duaa Al Zaabi, Senior Human Capital Manager – NPCC, Mina Ansari, Sr. HR Business Partner – TechnipFMC, Dina Helal, HR Manager – First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC, Vicky Noelanders, HR and Communications Manager – TechnipFMC, Gary Bentinck, HR Manager – Gulf Marine Services, Asel Shilikbayeva, Principal Consultant – InterSearch Middle East

Second Row, From L to R: Anoop Gandhi, VP Human Resources – TOTAL E&P, Fizza Sabir, HR Manager, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa – DNV & GL, Andrew Bailey, General Manager – InterSearch Middle East, Ivor McGettigan, Partner – Al Tamimi Law & Co., Danie De Kock, HR Director – SNC Lavalin, Samah Shaalan, HR Manager – Khalifa University, Anton Du Plooy, HR & Administrative Manager – Chiyoda CCC, Khaled Twebi, HR Team Leader Libya & Expert Abu Dhabi – OMV

The session takes the form of an interactive roundtable bringing together HR professionals from leading organisations across various industries, to discuss current trends and challenges faced. InterSearch’s role is to facilitate and encourage an insightful debate on the chosen topic exploring its subject with all participants.

“AD Connect sessions are aimed to create a platform for the senior HR Leadership community in Abu Dhabi to discuss relevant topics, trends and challenges through informal collaborative discussions. It has become a unique opportunity for HR Leaders in the capital to network, learn and share knowledge with other professionals from diverse industries” explains Andrew Bailey, General Manager of InterSearch Middle East.

This session took place at the TechnipFMC office, a global leader in technologies, systems and services for energy projects, which operates as a unified company following the merger of FMC Technologies and Technip in 2017. The seminar brought an interesting discussion of case studies including one from TechnipFMC, and different perspectives on advantages of combined expertise and extended market exposure as a result of the merger; and various challenges that arose throughout the process. Attendees highlighted the importance of communication, change management skills, employee engagement and expectations handling along with data and the technological integration process in this ongoing transformational journey for both entities.

“I believe it (AD Connect) to be an excellent initiative for knowledge sharing and networking amongst other like-minded HR professionals, and I look forward to more to come this year” – Vicky Noelanders, HR and Communications Manager at Technip FMC, and host of the event.

The theme of Emiratisation, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Human Resources are topics for discussion at forthcoming sessions in Abu Dhabi.

Previous seminars were focused on topics such as the Emotional Intelligence and Intercultural Competence and the Role of Human Resources During the Downturn sponsored by the New York University Abu Dhabi Campus and BP, respectively.

“It is quite refreshing to meet with other HR professionals, benchmark and discuss operational and strategic matters relevant to our respective businesses” – Christopher Jakob, HR Director at Emirates Food Industries.

“These kind of sessions are one of the best ways to share information and details on best practices and approaches from various companies and industries.” – Khaled Twebi, HR Team Leader Libya at OMV Middle East & Africa.

The AD Connect HR Leaders Sessions are aimed to be conducted on a quarterly basis in Abu Dhabi. They provide a framework for relevant and healthy debate, which promotes learning and sharing of knowledge on theory and practical examples facing the modern HR Leader. This intelligence and exchange of ideas is crucial in today’s fast-moving and ever-changing market conditions.

InterSearch Oman Chairman, Mohammed Al Kharusi moderated the 2017 OPAL Oil & Gas Conference panel discussion

InterSearch Oman Chairman, Mohammed Al Kharusi moderated the 2017 OPAL Oil & Gas Conference panel discussion held in Muscat, Oman from October 30th – 31st

Among the panelists were:

His Excellency Salim bin Said Al  Aufi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Oil & Gas

Raoul Restucci, Managing Director, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

Steve Kelly, President and General Manager, Occidental of Oman Inc. (OXY Oman)

John Malcolm, Executive Managing Director, Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production (OOCEP)

Yousuf Ali Ojaili, BP Oman

Dr.Amer Al Rawas, Chairman, Oman Society for Petroleum Services  (OPAL)

Mohammed Al Jahwari, Chief Executive Officer, HydroCarbon Finder Oman (HCF)

When The Dust Settles; Staying Competitive In The Abu Dhabi Job market

-by Andrew Bailey, General Manager – InterSearch Abu Dhabi

There’s honestly no other place on this planet where the world’s population comes to work, other than the UAE. Almost every nationality is represented in some shape or form, along with the standard diplomatic officials and trade councils. As we know, the region has experienced tremendous growth in such a short period. The world’s dependence on natural resources still remains high, however with the oil price flickering around the US$50-$60 mark, this has given the government’s more incentive to not only diversify their interests, but has also allowed them to take a step back, consider the current landscape, make the necessary changes so we are all prepared for the markets to turn again. Abu Dhabi is no exception…

‘Consolidation’ is the buzz word in the UAE’s capital at present. Its literal definition is:

The action or process of combining a number of things into a single more effective or coherent whole.

NBAD and FGB have now officially merged, becoming the largest financial institution in the UAE, with a combined US$186bn in assets, and a market cap of US$30bn. These numbers haven’t been seen in this sector, in this market…ever.

The recent mega-merger of Mubadala and IPIC is another notable effort of consolidation. The new entity, now known as Mubadala Investment Company, who officially employs in excess of 68,000 people has become one of the largest strategic investment organisations in the world.

Masdar Institute, Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute have also made the strategic decision to consolidate, to become one of the strongest educational facilities worldwide.

Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure and Eshraq Properties have just announced their own merger, ensuring they both experience what appears to be a trend in the region.

On a global scale, with local impact, SNC Lavalin and Atkins have announced a merger, Aberdeen based Wood Group and Amec Foster Wheeler have also joined forces, as well as Johnson Controls and Tyco, and Emerson Electric and Pentair Valves and Controls.

The rumour mill has been working in overdrive the past 6 months; more financial institutions to merge, government and semi-government owned entities to form strategic partnerships, the healthcare sector to go through a complete overhaul, plus more.

Regardless of what actually happens next, the vision of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Council is clearly aimed for the betterment of all citizens and residents of Abu Dhabi, across all sectors and industries. The impacts of change will be felt initially, however when normalcy returns, the markets will turn, and we will be back on track for more growth, and exciting times.

As Executive Search consultants, the changing landscapes offer unique opportunities for those with ‘out of the box’ skillsets. The few examples above are only a tiny glimpse into the shift that is taking place at present. These organisations now have teams of people to support the integration process, assist to develop new cultures, and support the new structures that have been put in place. We have lived through a number of economic cycles, and during these days of uncertainty, we often find the candidates who do not ‘check’ all the boxes on a job descriptions checklist, but offer something new, something different, something unique, they are the ones most highly considered.

During this transitional period, employers can afford to be more selective with their hiring. Their interview process is more thorough, and their selection criteria has become stricter…and understandably, too.

We are encouraging our candidates to stand out from the pack, differentiate themselves and demonstrate where they can add value to potential employers moving forward. The competition for senior management positions has risen, whereas the vacancies in the market have somewhat waned. Traditional skillsets seem to be a thing of the past. Employers want more from their leaders these days, whether it be a unique certification, ability to oversee more departments, comfortably adapt to new structures, or simply capability to drive strategic transformation.

We are receiving literally hundreds / thousands of new resumes every day from those feeling the effects of this bumpy market…and we have seen every shape / form / layout possible. Conventional skills are still great to have, however potential employers need to know where you’ve added value in the past, and how you plan to add value to their organisation moving forward. Keep in mind your resume / bio is going to assist you get a foot in the door. Make sure it’s worth reading. Only then, you’ll be given a chance to listen to the opportunity directly from the employer, and sell yourself accordingly during an interview. Spend time ensuring you haven’t just copy / pasted your job description on your resume. Demonstrate your strengths and where you go above and beyond. You’re paid to complete your responsibilities on your job description. This is not necessarily something compelling enough to read. Illustrate your true value add, and provide examples. The competition is tough, so ensure you’re ahead of the pack.

Now is the time to upskill, obtain that qualification / certification that you’ve always thought about, and stay agile in the current market. Make sure you are well positioned during the shifting tides, so you’re placed to make the most of turning markets…the good times aren’t far off, so ensure you know where you want to be, when the dust settles.