UAE 'Emiritisation' consultancy TBH gets global backing from Aon

01 March 2018

The global professional services firm Aon has entered into a partnership with TBH Consultancy of Dubai, a local firm specialising in ‘Emritisation’ human capital services.

Founded in 2015 by Managing Director Abdulmuttalib (Talib) Hashim, TBH Consultancy was established as an endeavour to help UAE organisations employ and empower local talent in line with the country’s objective toward workforce nationalisation – a programme dubbed locally as ‘Emritisation’. As part of its Vision 2021 agenda, the UAE Government initiative seeks to increase the number of its citizens in the private sector by a factor of ten – with up to 800,000 current positions considered conveyable to Emrati candidates.

However, with over 90% of young Emrati employees continuing to work in the public sector, the figures suggest that private firms in the nation are still struggling to attract suitable local talent. As such, TBH Consultancy has joined forces with Aon, a global professional services firm which provides a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, in a bid to leverage Aon’s expertise and strengthen its local proposition – which hopes to address what Hashim describes as “one of the most burning issues not only in the UAE, but in the GCC region as well."

"We realised that the conversation around the topic of Emiratisation needed to evolve to become a more sophisticated one, addressing complex issues affecting the public and private sectors, as well as the community as a whole,” Hashim said on the announcement, “In view of this, we believe, that the partnership with Aon will allow us to tap in to their global expertise and best practices, while bringing in the knowledge and in-depth insights we have developed over the years, of the needs of local talent and businesses." 

UAE 'Emiritisation' consultancy TBH gets global backing from Aon

Chris Page, the CEO for Talent, Rewards & Performance for Aon in the Middle East, which in addition to the UAE counts Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia among its local bases, said of the new partnership; “We are delighted to be working in collaboration with TBH, on an area of significant importance to the UAE… Increasing Emiratisation provides the private sector with a relatively untapped, well-educated, ambitious and entrepreneurial resource, capable of adding significant organisational value, whilst at the same time providing for the growth and development of Emirati business leaders of the future."

He added; “TBH brings deep subject matter expertise, cultural awareness and sensitivity to the challenges of increasing private sector Emiratisation. Together with Aon's regional and global expertise in Human Capital related advisory, programs and products, our partnership will provide us with a unique capability to support organisations in delivering innovative, value adding and sustainable solutions, against this critical mandate."

Forming part of its Vision 2021 agenda, the UAE's 'Emritisation' efforts are just one of the numerous measures announced across the region in line with a series of national transformation programmes - the scale of which has recently prompted global consulting firm A.T. Kearney to establish a dedicated National Transformations Institute in Dubai

PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapter

21 March 2019

Professional services firm PwC has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Saudi Arabian branch of the Project Management Institute.

Following up from its recent deal with the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, the Middle Eastern arm of global professional services giant PwC has signed another agreement – this time with the Saudi chapter of the Project Management Institute: PMI-KSA. The three year collaboration will seek to promote and advance the project management profession in the Kingdom.

Counting some 500,000-plus members worldwide, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is a non-profit industry association for project management professionals, providing advocacy, research, education and the most widely accepted certification for more than 2.9 million professionals worldwide. Among 300 international chapters in 80 countries, PMI’s Saudi branch is one of the largest in the Middle East.

“PMI-KSA is pleased to sign this strategic MoU with a prestigious company like PwC to promote the project management profession,” said PMI-KSA President, Nabilah Al-Tunisi, who is the chief engineer for Saudi Aramco. “We aspire through this MoU and other PMI-KSA programmes to further expand the membership and awareness of the project management profession.”PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapterAccording to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by PwC and PMI-KSA, the two organisations will form a partnership of “community, knowledge, technical and cultural advisory” in a number of key areas to develop the strength of the profession in the Kingdom – including collaboration on “standards, educational institutions, events and special interests”.

In a press joint statement, PwC and PMI-KSI outlined a number of objectives, including; to support and encourage the adoption of PMI standards and increase their use for KSA’s Mega Initiatives; to increase the competency of local project managers through accredited training courses; and to share and leverage knowledge gained through publications, site visits and events.”

“For decades, we have been known for our practice to help our clients with their projects from strategy through execution; as well as supporting them in realising and reaping the benefits of each phase,” said PwC Saudi Arabia Country Senior Leader Riyadh Al Najjar. “It is in our heritage of creating trust and providing advice to help public and private organisations be successful.”

Al Najjar continued: “This partnership is another restatement to this effort, only cementing our mission; and we hope that together with PMI-KSA we can continue to support our clients in the best way possible and equip our people to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Together, we can bring forth the best of our combined knowledge and experiences and make an impact in the future of project management in the Kingdom.”