Kingsley Gate adds Firoze Patel and Muna Awwadová to partnership

19 January 2023 2 min. read
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Kingsley Gate Partners, a global executive search firm, has strengthened its team in Dubai with the hire of two ex-consultants: Firoze Patel and Muna Awwadová.

Bringing a background at Russell Reynolds Associates and Korn Ferry, among others, Firoze Patel has more than 20 years of experience in human capital advisory and executive search.

Appointed a senior partner at Kingsley Gate Partners, he will focus on mandates in senior leadership roles in the financial services industry.

Muna Awwadova and Firoze Patel - Kingsley Gate

Before joining Kingsley Gate Partners, Firoze Patel was Managing Partner of India and Singapore for DHR Global, a US-origin counterpart. He also led the firm’s Financial Services practice in Asia Pacific and was a member of the APAC Management Committee.

“I’m delighted to join Kingsley Gate Partners. The opportunity to work with the firm’s global leadership team and like-minded colleagues, coupled with Kingsley Gates innovative use of technology to ever-improve the executive search process, is a winning formula,” said Firoze.

Appointed a partner, Muna Awwadová comes with a seven years background at KPMG in Dubai, where she worked in the People & Change Advisory Services practice. More recently, based out of the UAE, she was a partner at executive search firm CTPartners for five years, and an executive director at Russell Reynolds Associates.

During her career, she has recruited executives for C-Suite and Board roles in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey. Awwadová has also worked with governments across the Middle East to identify talent and advise on their long-term leadership planning.

On her appointment, she said: “I’m excited to be working with the partner team at Kingsley Gate. Their disruptive approach to executive search and use of analytics to deliver impact and results is ground-breaking. Our mission is to partner with Middle East clients to address their region-specific and evolving leadership needs.”

Kingsley Gate Partners has over 20 offices worldwide, 14 of which outside home market the United States. The Middle East houses two of the firm’s offices: Dubai and Tel Aviv.

Welcoming the duo to the partner team, Noam Eisenberg, Senior Partner and Head of Middle East and Africa, said: “Their combined experience building trusted relationships with senior business leaders and Boards across multiple industry sectors will further strengthen our capabilities in the region.”