Lean specialist Four Principles takes up residence in renovated Dubai office

16 January 2019 Consultancy-me.com

Middle East lean management specialist Four Principles has upgraded its Dubai office following the doubling of the firm’s local headcount over the past twelve months.

After gaining traction as one of the leading specialists in the Middle East, and the doubling of its team over the past year, lean management proponent Four Principles has expanded and upgraded its office space with a sleek new design – tailor-made for a lean working environment and complete with symbolic touches reflecting the firm’s championed management philosophy of increased efficiency and the elimination of waste.

Crafted by Dubai-headquartered Italian design-house DPM Interior Design, and led by Associate Design Director Mattia Michelon, the new, industrial-style office features flexible, open spaces which encourage collaboration and easy communication to enhance efficiency and reduce time wastage while still affording employees a sense of privacy and comfort – with the modern, ‘clean desk’ work-stations placed alongside the windows.

In addition to the work-stations, and to eliminate waiting times, the office has been further designed with a range of small, medium and large conference or meeting rooms – fully soundproofed to minimise internal and external disturbances – while also featuring the option of ‘high-chair quick discussion’ desks for speedy exchanges and expedited decision-making in line with the Kaizen principles of lean management first developed in Japan.

Lean specialist Four Principles takes up residence in renovated Dubai office

“Four Principles Dubai offices’ new design applies space flexibility and a collaborative working environment that is tailor-made to fit the employees’ Lean mindset. The high-end paint on the walls is writable, the desks are portable, the greenery is self-sufficient and the open space encourages an efficient team work environment which eliminates time waste and increases productivity,” said Michelon.

As a defining touch of the stylish new renovation, Michelon and Four Principles have included a hanging moss motif around the various walls of the office to symbolise the firm’s lean management consulting ideals, in that, much like a client following the implementation of a lean transformation project, the moss once it’s in place requires no further care and can continue on with its own self-sufficiency.

So far, the upgrade has been a hit. “Both consultants and clients have given positive feedback about the new offices. The consultants like the bigger space, efficient meeting rooms, and Apple TVs,” said Four Principles Communications Director Ali Keilani, referring to the added screen mirroring technology. “The clients who have visited us are impressed with the level of details of the design and how every single piece of furniture is carefully placed.”

One motivation given for the renovation was the growing headcount at Four Principles over the past year, and fittingly, as the firm settles into its new space it has also welcomed a new member of staff, Ammar Asali. As part of an inter-company professional development programme to support the teaching of the Kaizen philosophy to Saudi nationals, Asali joins the consulting firm via parent company Abdul Latif Jameel Co.Lean specialist Four Principles takes up residence in rennovated Dubai office

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Global strategy consultancy CVA launches first Middle East office in Dubai

10 April 2019 Consultancy-me.com

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.”