Umar Saleem joins Roland Berger's network of senior advisors

07 February 2021 2 min. read
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Strategy consulting firm Roland Berger welcomes a new Senior Advisor to its ranks in the Middle East: Umar Saleem.

Umar Saleem is the co-founder and a leader of Maven Investment Partners, a boutique advisory firm focused on corporate finance, transformation and restructuring advisory. Saleem will continue to serve the consulting firm, and in addition become part of the Senior Advisor pool of Roland Berger in the Middle East.

The affiliation with Saleem sees Roland Berger add deep expertise to its financial restructuring and business transformation offerings, at a time when businesses in the region are facing “unprecedented change” in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the pandemic-induced downturn.

Umar Saleem, Senior Advisor, Roland Berger

Prior to setting up Maven, Saleem worked as Chief Transformation Officer and Group CFO at Al Jaber Group in the UAE. Previously, he was the Group CFO of Depa for seven years and held leadership roles at large professional services firms including Alvarez & Marsal, IBM, Oracle and PwC

Saleem has over three decades of experience in corporate finance, operational and financial restructuring, business transformation and advisory services across a broad spectrum of industries such as construction, real estate, manufacturing, retail, distribution, technology and diversified conglomerates under his belt.

“We are very excited that Umar is joining our team. We are looking forward to combining Roland Berger's and Umar's knowledge and experience, to further create sustainable value and provide innovative strategies and reliable solutions for our clients,” said the Dutchman Rene Seyger, Managing Partner of Roland Berger Middle East.

Commenting on his appointment, Saleem said: “I am delighted to be joining Roland Berger’s Middle East office as a Senior Advisor. In light of the extraordinary changes caused by the pandemic, regional entities embarking upon large scale transformation projects are looking for firms with hands-on implementation experience. We intend to offer clients fast, effective and practical solutions to resolve their most complex challenges.”

In the coming months, Saleem will team up with Roland Berger’s experts to showcase their combined subject matter expertise in areas such as M&A and restructuring, business transformation, digital, as well as in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

In the Middle East, Roland Berger has a team of 150 consultants, led by 10 partners, operating from offices in Riyadh, Dubai, Bahrain, Doha and Beirut.

The appointment comes shortly after Roland Berger bolstered its regional Energy practice with three experts.