As business shifts to a more global mindset, the search for talent becomes increasingly important. We believe that a focus on diversity & inclusion is a unique way to give business a critical competitive advantage.
Our global network of Executive Search Partners involved with the Diversity & Inclusion Practice have extensive experience recruiting in an increasingly complex and diverse business community. We are sensitive when working with clients on matters related to:
We not only assist clients with diversity & inclusion people strategies but our global InterSearch Partners are also committed to practicing this within our own organizations.
The IWW Board Practice is also focusing on diversity on a board level. There is a great synergy between the two groups, that is why the Head of Board Practice is always involved in the activities of Diversity and Inclusion Practice.
When talking about diversity in a board or executive leadership context, we usually mean “the accessibility to and application of several different knowledge domains – simultaneously”, and hereby we mean the unique combination of experience, knowledge, and perspective that together form the diversity and the difference from all other unique combinations of the same factors. Every unique combination adds up to a specific identity.
In the recent years, institutional investors have been pushing public-listed boards harder and harder on diversity. Why? It is certainly not about political correctness. It is business. Both investors and CEOs alike are now convinced that appropriate diversity on boards will substantially improve group decision-making and improve performance.
Sam is the Managing Director – Middle East & youngest female Board Member of InterSearch Worldwide. She also leads the Global Practice for Banking & Financial Services & is very passionate member of Diversity & Inclusion Practice Group worldwide, especially with regards to a strong commitment to Women and GCC Nationalisation into executive leadership across the Middle East region.
Born in Kuwait, educated in Australia, she is a seasoned expat that has lived and worked in Australia, London, Canada and last 15 years in the Middle East. She has over 20 years of diversified global executive search and large multi-national corporate recruitment experience across both developed and emerging markets of Middle East, Europe, Africa, APAC & Americas.
Previously in London UK, she worked within the Global HR teams of Merrill Lynch Investment Bank and BP International. In the Middle East, she also worked with Standard Chartered Bank as the Regional Talent Acquisition Specialist, Middle East, Pakistan & Africa (MEPA); focused on the global diversity & inclusion agenda to attract Arab, African & female talent across the region.
InterSearch Middle East growth strategy over the last 5 years has been to expand across the GCC with four dedicated offices and teams in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman & Riyadh. It is very important to stay connected to clients and candidates across the region but also become part of the community in each geography.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Psychology, from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Ahmed is the Regional Director and Head of KSA with InterSearch Middle East, based in Riyadh
Ahmed currently serves clients in the Middle East with the focus on the Saudi market in a variety of sectors such as Energy, Manufacturing and Family Conglomerates.
Ahmed has over 12 years of experience and has held different HR roles with reputable companies in Brazil and the UAE. He possesses an in-depth knowledge in Talent Acquisition, C-suite level recruitment and Leadership and psychometric assessments.
Ahmed brings other expertise in Succession planning, Change Management and Organization Development along with his knowledge of the GCC markets. Before joining InterSearch Middle East he led the resourcing and development of several projects with Shell and Odebrecht International.
Ahmed holds a bachelor’s degree from the ESC Business School, and he is an associate member of the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a certified Organization Development consultant by the Institute of Organization Development.
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