Bassam Hajhamad named as PwC's Country Senior Partner in Qatar

12 October 2018

PwC has appointed strategy and management consultant Bassam Hajhamad as its new Country Senior Partner in Qatar.

With over 20 years of experience in management consulting in the US and Middle East, Hajhamad has been with PwC’s strategy consulting arm Strategy& and its predecessor Booz & Co. since 2011 based out of Dubai, originally joining after six years as the business practice lead for the Greater Boston office of inCode – the strategy consulting division of Swedish telco Ericson.

Prior to serving with inCode, which has a specialty strategy consulting focus on the telecommunications and technology sectors, Hajhamad co-founded the automotive and electronics technology company RBK Automation in Detroit, acting as the firm’s Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for seven years. Earlier, Hajhamad was employed as a software engineer and project manager with Ford.

Currently acting as PwC Middle East’s consulting market leader, Hajhamad, a long-time advocate of digitisation with expertise in corporate strategy and transformations and public sector policy and development, will now lead the Big Four accounting and consulting firm’s Qatar office – in an evolving market challenged by ongoing regional sanctions and the need for strategic business readjustments.Bassam Hajhamad named as PwC's Country Senior Partner in QatarAs one of 23 regional offices across 12 countries, PwC Middle East’s Qatari branch in Doha together with the firm’s African practice contributed to regional growth of 12 percent over the past year, bringing in revenues of approximately $1.6 billion to help the firm smash the global $40 billion revenue barrier for the first time. Altogether, PwC has a headcount of more than 4,200 in the region, with upwards of 215 partners.

With global growth across each of its service lines last year led by a 10 percent rise in Advisory revenues, and in particular its Strategy, Management and Technology consulting practices, the appointment of the strategy and digital innovation expert Hajhamad will be seen as a means to further drive growth in Qatar. “The market presents great opportunities and we are committed to investing and expanding, to reinforce our confidence in the market,” the new Country Senior partner said of his appointment.

In addition to his professional work with PwC, Hajhamad, who holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management along with a Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Detroit, serves on the World Economic Forum’s Digital Policy and Governance Council, and has previously written for Forbes Middle East on digitisation in the MENA telecom sectors.


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Carlos Ghosn's daughters get their career starts in strategy consulting

16 April 2019

With the Ghosn affair taking yet another twist, this time concerning allegations in Oman, the world’s media remains gripped.

A highly celebrated figure in Lebanon, the case of ex-Nissan and now ex-Renault head Carlos Ghosn has captivated the media round the world, with his re-arrest and detainment in Japan on further embezzlement charges last week – this time concerning allegations in Oman – delivering the latest twist in the saga. For his part, Ghosn continues to deny the charges, labeling the latest allegations of financial impropriety as “outrageous and arbitrary”.

Much of the media fascination stems from Ghosn’s remarkable story. Born to Lebanese immigrants in Brazil, Ghosn spent much of his youth in Lebanon before moving to Paris to pursue an engineering degree – and in almost no time arriving at the very top of the global automotive industry as a feted turn-around specialist, having rescued both Renault and Nissan from probable ruin. The other factor; a cultivated lifestyle of celebrity glamour.

Front and centre in that image was Ghosn’s young family, including a son Anthony and three daughters – Caroline, Maya and Nadine – who have all grown into their own spotlight in the international business and entrepreneurial worlds. And in line with that A-list background, all three of his daughters got their career starts at the crème de la crème of the strategy and management consulting world; prestigious MBB firms McKinsey & Company and BCG.The Ghosn family affair with the international consulting sector  The eldest Ghosn daughter, Caroline, joined McKinsey in 2007 following a BA in International Relations at Stamford University – before founding professional career network Levo in 2011 with three of her McKinsey associates. Her husband, Nicholas Flanders, CEO and co-founder of carbon reduction tech-company Opus 12, (and former COO of Levo), is likewise an alumnus of McKinsey – serving for three and a half years alongside Ghosn in the firm’s New York office.

Carlos Ghosn’s second daughter got her start at Boston Consulting Group.  A regonised name in luxury fashion as the founder and creative director of Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry, her brand counts and Beyoncé and the recently deceased fashion icon Karl Largerfeld among its celebrity clientele. At BCG, Nadine, who also graduated Stamford, served as an associate in the firm’s luxury and consumer goods practice before joining a management programme at Hermès.

Like her eldest sister, Ghosn’s youngest daughter Maya joined McKinsey’s New York office – spending over three years there as an engagement manager before departing in 2016. Maya is now Manager, Housing Affordability for the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan to promote social equality. Incidentally, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, a former McKinsey consultant, has been a mentor to Caroline and also founded, where Maya first started out as an intern.

Carlos Ghosn’s son Anthony – who has now been embroiled in his father’s affair with accusations of money being funneled via Oman toward his financial services start-up, Shogun (where he is CEO but has not been accused of any direct involvement) – didn’t get his break at an MBB, but his step-brother, Anthony Marshi, the son of Carlos Ghosn’s second wife Carole Nahas, is a partner with BCG in New York according to French newspaper Le Figaro.