Rob Ansari and Hussein Magdy join Mercer in leadership roles

26 November 2021 2 min. read
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Global human resources consulting firm Mercer has welcomed two seniors to its leadership team in the Middle East. Rob Ansari and Hussein Magdy are both based in the firm’s UAE office.

Rob Ansari has been named Wealth Leader for the Middle East, as well as India, Turkey and Africa (the region is known as IMETA within Mercer). In the role, he is responsible for the firm’s Wealth business, which supports clients with among others the delivery of retirement services, investment consulting and investment solutions.

Prior to joining Mercer, Ansari spent over fifteen years at MSCI, a provider of services to the global investment community, latterly as Managing Director and Head of Middle East.

Rob Ansari, Hussein Magdy, Mercer

“With changing market needs throughout the region, I look forward to further developing Mercer’s Wealth business to support our institutional clients. With Mercer’s global scale and in-depth local knowledge, I look forward to being part of the growth story of the IMETA region,” said Ansari.

Hussein Magdy has been appointed Investment Solutions Leader for IMETA. Mercer’s Investment Solutions business provides a range of services and solutions to asset manages such as sovereign funds, family offices and pension funds, and private & retail banks, wealth managers, insurance companies and fund distribution platforms.

“Over recent years, the need for investment solutions and outsourcing has been growing across the Middle East and I look forward to supporting our clients in identifying solutions that meet their needs. We provide advisory services to help clients navigate the evolving landscape through the provision of global investment research with deep local insights, and portfolio implementation that meets the needs of institutional investors.”

Magdy joins the human capital consultancy from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, where he most recently held the position of Associate Director – MENA Client Relationships. Before that, he held various roles at The National Investor, Morgan Stanley and Beltone Financial.

Commenting on the additions, Tarek Lotfy, the CEO of Mercer for the IMETA region, said: “I am confident that with the additions of Rob and Hussein to our IMETA senior leadership team, our clients will benefit from enhanced capabilities and access to services.”

With revenues of over $5 billion, Mercer is one of the globe’s largest human resources consultancies. In the Middle East, the group – part of Marsh McLennan (also the parent of strategic consultancy Oliver Wyman) – has offices two offices in the UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), as well as hubs in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.