Roland Berger strengthens its local presence in Saudi Arabia

24 March 2022 2 min. read

Global strategy consulting firm Roland Berger has unveiled a significant growth ambition in Saudi Arabia, as the firm seeks to expand its support of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Hot on the heels of its best year in history, both at a global level as well as in the Middle East (+30% annually over the last four years), Roland Berger’s Middle East Managing Partner Rene Seyger has provided details on the firm’s plans in the region’s largest economy.

“Saudi is one of the most important markets of our Middle East business – we have successfully developed and delivered multiple projects of national importance in support of the Kingdom's ambitious 2030 vision, and our future outlook shows strong potential for continued success.”

Rene Seyger and Jawad Shaikh - Roland Berger

To support its ambitions in the Kingdom, Roland Berger has kicked off “an aggressive recruitment campaign to grow consulting talent at all levels within the firm” said Seyger. The firm has in line with this committed to a new, larger office in King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh and made several investments in its support infrastructure to accommodate the expansion.

To oversee the growth ambition, the consultancy has relocated one of its more experienced Middle East partners, Jawad Shaikh, from Dubai to Riyadh. According to Seyger, Shaikh’s relocation (who is Head of the Technology and Media & Telecom practices) demonstrates the firm’s “commitment to fostering close client relationships and the importance we attach to a physical on-the-ground presence.”

Commenting on the move, Shaikh said: “This is an exciting time for Roland Berger in the Middle East and in Saudi Arabia. It’s a source of great professional and personal satisfaction to help drive our rapid growth in this dynamic and forward-looking market.”

“It is important for me, to be in Riyadh close to our key clients, and to be able to become a part of and contribute to the Kingdom’s professional and social fabric.”

Asked how the consulting firm sets itself apart, Shaikh said: “Our Middle East practice combines the strategic capability, think-tank capacity and track record of successful project delivery of a global consulting firm, with the agility of a start-up in terms of innovative thinking and execution.”