BCG relocates to new office in DWTC's One Central development in Dubai

28 September 2018

The Dubai branch of The Boston Consulting Group has shifted its operations to the Dubai World Trade Centre’s mixed-use One Central development.

As announced by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the local branch of prestigious global strategy and management firm The Boston Consulting Group has taken up residence in a freshly designed 66,000 square foot office spread across the sixth and seventh floor DWTC’s One Central Offices 3 building, part of the $2.1 billion One Central mixed-use development in Dubai’s central business district.

Located next to the existing DWTC complex and still under development, with three commercial buildings already completed, the Once Central master-plan includes a mix of residential, hospitality and commercial space, with significant incentives for businesses due to sitting within a ‘free zone’ governed by the Dubai World Trade Centre Authority (DWTCA), such as with relaxed tax, licensing and ownership regulations.

“With this new home, we are at the epicenter of business districts. The move is of strategic importance and will provide our dynamic organisation with a more centralised position for future growth and development within world-class facilities,” BCG Middle East Senior Partner and Managing Director Hildebrandt said of the move from its former location in Office Park at Dubai Internet City Block D.BCG relocates to new office in DWTC's One Central development in DubaiOne of the firm’s three outlets in the GCC region, along with Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, the latter which was launched in 2015 and has since advised the Saudi government on a number of transformational projects including the landmark roll-out of public cinemas earlier this year, BCG first established its permanent regional presence with its Dubai launch in 2007 – at the time housing less than 30 consultants.

Since then, the firm’s regional operations have grown to a headcount in excess of 400 professionals, led by a team of 20-plus partners, including recent Managing Director additions Yves Morieux and Andreas Kyrilis to its People & Organization and Energy practices – with both based out of Dubai; Morieux transferring from the firm’s Washington branch, and Kyrilis having been in Dubai since 2009.

According to the DWTC, the BCG’s Dubai team of experts will now get to enjoy “exclusive access to a large terrace with views of Burj Khalifa, DIFC and The Museum of the Future”, along with an open environment office space said to have been specifically designed to reflect the firm’s ‘workplace philosophy of integration and collaboration’, with staff feedback having been taken into account during the design process.

“By attracting one of the world's leading advisors on business strategy to establish their Dubai office in One Central, we are reiterating both the development and Dubai's attractiveness to international corporates and businesses as an unrivalled platform from which they can expand their operations," said DWTCA director general Helal Saeed Almarri. Incidentally, DWTC Vice President for Corporate Strategy Diego Cortese is an alumnus of BCG in Dubai.

Global strategy consultancy CVA launches first Middle East office in Dubai

10 April 2019

The boutique global strategy consultancy Corporate Value Associates has launched an office in Dubai – to be led by 20-year consulting veteran Olivier Staub.

Global strategy consulting firm Corporate Value Associates (CVA) has launched its first Middle East office in Dubai, adding to its existing network of 17 offices across Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. The new office will be led by Olivier Staub, a strategy consulting veteran with over 20 years of international consulting and business development experience – the last 14 of those based out of Dubai.

Established in 1987, CVA has grown to a team of more than 250 advisors worldwide, serving  clients with strategy needs across multiple sectors, including energy & utilities, financial services, mining & materials, TMT, transportation and defence. Recently, the consultancy was named by Decideurs Magazine as among the top strategy consulting firms to the industrials segment in France.

The launch of its first Middle East office is a significant step for CVA, which places a particular emphasis on its global network. “We ensure that learnings from work in one country are quickly disseminated to others – best practices are transferred not just between industry practices, but also across geographies. Global staffing and training guarantee there is one global standard: the CVA standard,” the firm states.Global strategy consultancy CVA launches first Middle East office in DubaiJoined by CVA founder Paul-Andre Rabate and Paris-based partner Carole Ott for its inauguration, Staub will head up the Dubai office after a brief stint at fellow boutique consultancy Emerton, before which he served for four years as a partner with local strategy firm Novo Management Partners. Earlier in his career, Staub spent seven years with Oliver Wyman, and initially started out as a consultant with Deloitte in Paris.

Over the course of his career, Staub has amassed experience in over 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with functional expertise in corporate and growth strategy, M&A and due diligence, turnaround programmes and programme management, organisational design, and corporate governance among other areas. He also co-founded e-commerce company Neodirect in Paris, serving as its business development director for three years.

Staub joins Sami Grouz in the broader MENA region, who has led the firm’s Casablanca office since the middle of last year, and will be supported in the new UAE venture by Thomas Fabbes, an Oxford graduate in Materials Science who has been with CVA’s London office since September. According to the firm, its junior consultants are ‘hand-picked’ from the only the top universities and schools around the world – with the firm currently in the middle of a recruitment drive.

CVA founder and Managing Partner Paul-Andre Rabate himself received a doctoral degree in Business Economics from Harvard University, joining BCG in 1978 before co-founding strategy consultancy Mars & Company in France the following year prior to establishing CVA. “CVA has always been a global boutique and this new office opens the door to exciting challenges in the Middle-East,” the firm stated on LinkedIn. “Olivier, we wish you the best of luck in this central region.”