Navigant adds Paul Taplin and Chris Hewkin to Dubai office

21 December 2017

Navigant has appointed two construction industry experts in its Middle East construction consulting practice. Paul Taplin joins as a Managing Director, while Chris Hewkin joins as a Director. Both senior advisors will work out of the firm’s Dubai office.

Prior to joining Navigant, Paul Taplin worked at Diales as Head of Middle East for four and a half years. He previously worked as an Operational Director for the Driver Group for two years. Earlier in his career he worked at Arcadis as Head of Contractual Services; at FTI Consulting as a Managing Director; as an Equity Partner at EC Harris; at James R Knowles as a Managing Consultant; and at Berkeley Consulting, which he served for around ten years.

Taplin, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying from the University of the West of England and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration from the College of Estate Management, brings nearly three decades of industry experience in the domain of construction and complex construction claims, across domestic and international projects, to the firm. He joins as a Managing Director, based in Dubai.

Paul Taplin & Chris Hewkin

Chris Hewkin previously worked at Augment International as a Partner for almost two years. Prior to that, he worked at the Sweett Group for almost seven years, most recently as a Director of Contract Services in Dubai, and previously as a Director and as an Associate Director. Earlier in his career he worked as a Consultant for Armstrong Davis Associates; a Senior Consultant for Blake Newport Associates; a Managing Surveyor and Senior Surveyor at B&K in the UK; and as a Commercial Manager at Naylor Concrete, among others.

Hewkin joins Navigant as a Director, also based in Dubai. He brings 24 years of construction industry experience to the consulting firm, covering, among others, the residential, leisure, petrochemical, energy, education, health, and commercial sectors. Hewkin, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying from the University of Portsmouth and a Master of Science in Construction Law and Arbitration from Leeds Metropolitan University, will provide considerable quantum expertise to the consultancy’s Middle East arm.

Commenting on the appointment, Darin L. Buchalter, Managing Director and leader of Navigant’s global Construction practice, said, “Paul and Chris come with a wealth of regional experience and industry knowledge. By further developing our highly effective team in the Middle East, Navigant is well positioned to support our clientele on highly complex disputes and advisory projects throughout the region.”

With over 5,500 employees globally, generating revenues of over $1 billion, Navigant is one of the globe’s larger consulting firms. In the Middle East, Navigant has offices in the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) and in Qatar (Doha).

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.