Our Regional Team

John Robinson
Chairman, InterSearch Middle East
John’s association with the Middle East is extensive and goes back over 38 years. After leaving McKinsey in London, he lived in Kuwait from 1977 to ... Read More
John RobinsonChairman, InterSearch Middle East
John’s association with the Middle East is extensive and goes back over 38 years. After leaving McKinsey in London, he lived in Kuwait from 1977 to 1986 as Head of Organisation & Manpower Planning with Kuwait Oil Company, where he gained a good understanding of the culture and business environment of the region.John joined InterSearch in 1991, when he established InterSearch Australia and focused on recruiting international specialist candidates from around the world, to work in the Middle East region. John has always taken positions of responsibility and has acted as Board Director in InterSearch Worldwide for three years and was also Chairman of the Standards & Quality Committee. He is currently the InterSearch Worldwide Practice Group Leader for the Oil & Gas Sector.Prior to his executive search career, John was both in HR Management and senior leadership roles with organisations in UK, Middle East and Australia. John then established  InterSearch Middle East by opening the first office in Dubai in 1998 and since that time has supported clients in the MEA region with his extensive knowledge and experience of recruiting in the region.John has a BSc in Mathematics & Statistics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Contact John: j.robinson@intersearchme.com
Samantha Robinson
Managing Director, InterSearch Middle East
Sam has almost 20 years combined executive search and in-house recruitment experience.  She has developed her career with InterSearch in both Australia & Middle East. ... Read More
Samantha RobinsonManaging Director, InterSearch Middle East
Sam has almost 20 years combined executive search and in-house recruitment experience.  She has developed her career with InterSearch in both Australia & Middle East. Sam was born in Kuwait, educated in Australia and lived in London for a number of years working within the HR teams of Merrill Lynch and BP International.In the Middle East, she worked with Standard Chartered Bank as the Regional Talent Acquisition Specialist, Middle East, Pakistan & Africa (MEPA); focusing on senior-level hires as well as committing to the global diversity agenda to attract Arab, African & female talent into the organisation.Samantha has been back in the Middle East region over 11 years.  She re-joined InterSearch initially as the General Manager of Oman, based in Muscat for 4.5 years, before becoming the General Manager of the UAE business and was promoted to MD Middle East in 2016.She is responsible for building and leading a multi-cultural team of high-performing Consultants and Research Associates across multiple offices around the GCC, and serving a variety of clients across the Middle East & Africa (MEA) region.Sam personally focuses on executing executive search assignments in the Banking & Finance, Aviation and Family Groups. She is currently the InterSearch Worldwide Industry Group Leader for the Financial Services sector.Sam holds a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Psychology, from the University of Melbourne in Australia.Contact Samantha: s.robinson@intersearchme.com
Nicholas Harvey
Regional Director, Middle East & Africa
Nicholas began his career in 1996 and henceforth has accumulated over 15 years within Executive Search and Recruitment.  He has covered the full gamut of ... Read More
Nicholas HarveyRegional Director, Middle East & Africa
Nicholas began his career in 1996 and henceforth has accumulated over 15 years within Executive Search and Recruitment.  He has covered the full gamut of Recruitment services; working on the client side as a Director of Talent, in a UK contingent firm, ran his own RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) company from India and spent 7 years as a Director in a tier one Executive Search firm in the Middle East.His career has spanned four continents and includes employment in Sydney, Tokyo, San Francisco, London, Pune (India) and most recently, in Dubai.   For the past 9 years Nicholas has lived and worked in the UAE with his wife and three children.  During his time in the Middle East his primary area of business focus has been in the GCC. He has, however, successfully conducted business in the Levant, North Africa, Pakistan and Iraq.Nicholas prides himself on his ability to understand and collate his clients’ needs, their culture and business strategy coupled with an aptitude to attract and deliver the right Executives that will have the desired long-lasting impact.  He has been able to build long-lasting relationships through his open and honest informed approach, never over-promising on what can be delivered.Covering the Middle East & Africa region for InterSearch, Nicholas has covered a broad number of senior positions from Media & Telecoms to Construction & Government.  His focus however, is primarily on Transport Infrastructure  and he has a track record of helping to build leadership teams with a number of the region’s major Maritime Organisations, Airports and Airline Carriers. Nicholas holds a Bachelors in Economics from Newcastle University, UKContact Nicholas: n.harvey@intersearchme.com
James Bridgman
Private Equity & Investment Practice Lead - Middle East
James is the InterSearch sector specialist focusing on Alternatives, Private Equity, Late Stage Venture Capital, Infrastructure and Real Estate Investment strategies across the full MEA ... Read More
James BridgmanPrivate Equity & Investment Practice Lead - Middle East
James is the InterSearch sector specialist focusing on Alternatives, Private Equity, Late Stage Venture Capital, Infrastructure and Real Estate Investment strategies across the full MEA region, working with both existing InterSearch clients and new market entrants. His specific area of expertise is in advising Private Equity Platforms, Country Specific Funds, Alternative Investment Funds, Family Offices and Government Entities; who are looking to diversify and evolve into new geographies emerging and developed markets, as well as regional expansion.He was previously based in Singapore and Hong Kong with one of Asia's leading boutique search firms where he partnered with market-leading regional and global alternative managers in establishing and expanding their investment and portfolio teams.James started his career in the City of London in the early nineties working for one of the most respected search boutiques at the time. There he initially focused on the Equity and Equity Derivatives asset classes, progressing into advising clients on building their Alternatives platforms. He quickly became one of the industry’s most respected consultants covering global mandates in the Equity Finance / Prime Brokerage and Arbitrage space having been responsible for a large number of senior hires in London, New York and Asia.In 1998 he was approached by a leading search firm to assist them in establishing their European and US teams. He then went on to successfully build two more global businesses predominately focusing on Equity related mandates. In 2009 he moved to Qatar, where he was Managing Director, Head of Middle East and established a multi sector platform working across the region.With over 20 years of global financial markets executive search exposure he has successfully completed searches in Europe, Middle East, US and Asia and is a highly proficient and experienced search advisor who has been retained by many of the world’s leading Investment Platforms.Contact James: j.bridgman@intersearchme.com
Summer Hamad
Head Of Research, Middle East
Summer Hamad launched her executive search career as a Senior Research Associate at InterSearch Middle East in July 2013. Based in Dubai, she has over ... Read More
Summer HamadHead Of Research, Middle East
Summer Hamad launched her executive search career as a Senior Research Associate at InterSearch Middle East in July 2013. Based in Dubai, she has over 8 years of research experience in the region.Prior to joining InterSearch, Summer was a Research Analyst at Forrester Research leading projects primarily focused on emerging markets and the latest IT initiatives and trends within the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and delivered analytical reports that helped clients better understand the region’s market. Previously, she was a Business Development & Research Analyst at Saraya Development Group where she conducted extensive research on the travel and tourism industries in MEA.Summer holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Technology Management from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, specializing in Telecommunications.
Sean Kavanagh
Consultant - Saudi Arabia
Seán joined InterSearch to focus on establishing the newest office of the international search firm in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He started his recruitment ... Read More
Sean KavanaghConsultant - Saudi Arabia

Seán joined InterSearch to focus on establishing the newest office of the international search firm in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He started his recruitment career in the city of London and has spent the last 7 years in the Middle East, predominantly focused on the KSA market, covering Banking and Finance, SWF’S, Family Groups and Ministerial bodies.

Sean was previously a key member of the Banking & Financial Services team based in Dubai, with one of the leading international recruitment companies from the UK, In 2014 Seán establish the Middle East office for an international boutique search firm. His remit was to focus on Private Equity, Venture Capital, Investment Banking and Family Groups in the GCC, predominantly in Saudi Arabia. Seán’s interested in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia started off in his formative years, having attend high school in the U.K. with a number of Saudi Nationals, he learn about the culture of the modern day Saudi family. What started off as an interest in the close family ties, nationalistic culture and fast moving economy, built into successful career focusing on the Kingdom.

Throughout this experience, Seán had developed a high caliber service delivery; not only industry leading search services, but also additional value added expertise services. In many cases Seán has utilised his network not only to provide access to the markets top talent but also to assist his clients with fund raising, deal flow and pre/post acquisition advisory. Seán has also brokered a number of joint ventures between his Banking clients in the KSA and Europe.