Roland Berger promotes new partners in Lebanon and Bahrain

03 January 2019 3 min. read

Global strategy & management firm Roland Berger has promoted two new partners in the Middle East; Vatche Kourkejian in Lebanon and Andreas Buelow in Bahrain.

Following its end of year Partner’s meeting, the global, German-origin strategy and management consultancy Roland Berger has appointed twelve new partners worldwide, and elevated six more to senior partner status, including eight new partners in Germany and Europe, two in Asia, and two in the Middle East: Vatche Kourkejian in the firm’s Beirut office and Andreas Buelow in Bahrain.

Vatche Kourkejian

A partner in Roland Berger's Industrial Products and Services (IPS) Competence Center in the Middle East, Kourkejian joined the firm in 2007 and serves local and African clients in the energy and manufacturing sectors, such as oil & gas downstream players and power and water utilities operators, on corporate strategy, reorganisation and operational performance improvement –  including digital and Industry 4.0 transformations.

Andreas Buelow

Buelow meanwhile, based at Roland Berger’s Manama office in Bahrain since joining the firm in 2012, focuses on the regional insurance space, having previously served as a Deputy CFO for the MENA and South Asia region during an altogether five and a half year period with Allianz – following which he was a managing partner with the locally-based A9C Capital. Buelow holds an MBA from the International University of Monaco.Vatche Kourkejian and Andreas Buelow - Roland Berger“2018 will be an exceptional year for Roland Berger,” said CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée, referring to the firm’s 2018 expected record revenues in the range of $685 million. “Our aim at this bi-annual meeting of our 230 Partners was to reflect on the world of 2028 and the consulting market in particular… It was time to work on the forthcoming challenges for our industry, thus securing the future of our newly elected Partners.”

At around 13 percent up, the expected 2018 revenues will represent consecutive years of double-digit growth for the firm, with Buelow’s admittance to the firm’s upper ranks also the marking the second-year running a partner has been elevated from within the Bahrain office following the end-of-year partner’s meeting – with Michael Caracache’s ascension last year. Earlier in the year, Richard Paton also joined the firm as a Partner in Bahrain.

Kourkejian and Buelow will serve as partners under the leadership of Rene Seyger, who was last year promoted from the firm’s Dutch branch to take on the role of Middle East managing partner. In a recent interview with reflecting on his time in the role to date, Seyger reiterated the firm’s plans for regional expansion, including the establishment of new offices in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.