UAE-based security firm Restrata appoints Neil Purcell as head of consulting

28 March 2018

UAE-based security services firm Restrata has appointed Neil Purcell as its new head of consultancy for the Middle East, North Africa and abroad. Purcell has over 20 years of experience in the security systems field.

Established in 2006, and strengthened following a 2014 merger with fellow security outfit the Stirling Group, Restrata, which has principle offices dotted throughout the Middle East, provides services across the safety, security and emergency response spectrum, operating in some of the world’s most dangerous hot-spots including regional project experience in Syria, Sudan, Yemen, and Iraq.

Serving a diverse and high-profile client-base, such as the UN Refugee Agency, ExxonMobil, and the Dubai Safari Park, Restrata works across the core sectors of national security, critical assets, transport & logistics, built environment and international development, with offerings broadly in the areas of training, operations technology, monitoring and response, risk assessments and security consulting – the latter to be led by the firm’s newly appointed Head of Consultancy, Neil Purcell.

Purcell, who officially came on board in January, has been tasked with leading the firm’s consultancy division along with efforts toward continued growth and international expansion, with the firm expressing a strong focus on developing in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific. In pursuit of these goals, the new consultancy head will be able tap into over 20 years of experience in the electronic, physical, and integrated security systems design fields.
Neil Purcell, Head of Consultancy – Restrata
Restrata’s Managing Director, Botan Osman, who was elevated to the role last year after leading the firm’s Business Development, Sales and Marketing and formerly serving as its Country Director for Kurdistan & North Iraq, said of the fresh appointment; “I am thrilled to welcome Neil on board. His technical know-how, coupled with his extensive experience in the region makes him a valuable addition to the team.”

Much of that experience over the past decade has been with the planning, design and engineering consulting firm TPS Consult as a Senior Security Consultant, with stints on a project for the Central Bank of Kuwait, following which he served in the same role for the multidisciplinary planning consultancy Shen Milson & Wilke.

On the announcement of his latest appointment, Purcell said, “I am excited to take on this challenging new role and lead such an experienced and passionate team of consultants, working on iconic projects around the globe, from the UAE, to Indonesia, and Spain.”

Safety Consulting

Restrata’s consultancy division, according to the firm, plays a pivotal role in the execution of construction, development and community projects which require built-in resilience measures at the foundational stage in order to mitigate any future safety and security risks.

At the launch of the firm’s new training and innovation centre ‘The Restrata Academy’, Osman recently said; “Many of our global clients are designing commercial property, malls, hotels, stadiums and other leisure attractions which are likely to attract crowds – it is paramount that the safety and security of these guests and visitors, as well as the operational staff, is considered from the outset, before a single brick is laid.”

Carlos Ghosn's daughters get their career starts in strategy consulting

16 April 2019

With the Ghosn affair taking yet another twist, this time concerning allegations in Oman, the world’s media remains gripped.

A highly celebrated figure in Lebanon, the case of ex-Nissan and now ex-Renault head Carlos Ghosn has captivated the media round the world, with his re-arrest and detainment in Japan on further embezzlement charges last week – this time concerning allegations in Oman – delivering the latest twist in the saga. For his part, Ghosn continues to deny the charges, labeling the latest allegations of financial impropriety as “outrageous and arbitrary”.

Much of the media fascination stems from Ghosn’s remarkable story. Born to Lebanese immigrants in Brazil, Ghosn spent much of his youth in Lebanon before moving to Paris to pursue an engineering degree – and in almost no time arriving at the very top of the global automotive industry as a feted turn-around specialist, having rescued both Renault and Nissan from probable ruin. The other factor; a cultivated lifestyle of celebrity glamour.

Front and centre in that image was Ghosn’s young family, including a son Anthony and three daughters – Caroline, Maya and Nadine – who have all grown into their own spotlight in the international business and entrepreneurial worlds. And in line with that A-list background, all three of his daughters got their career starts at the crème de la crème of the strategy and management consulting world; prestigious MBB firms McKinsey & Company and BCG.The Ghosn family affair with the international consulting sector  The eldest Ghosn daughter, Caroline, joined McKinsey in 2007 following a BA in International Relations at Stamford University – before founding professional career network Levo in 2011 with three of her McKinsey associates. Her husband, Nicholas Flanders, CEO and co-founder of carbon reduction tech-company Opus 12, (and former COO of Levo), is likewise an alumnus of McKinsey – serving for three and a half years alongside Ghosn in the firm’s New York office.

Carlos Ghosn’s second daughter got her start at Boston Consulting Group.  A regonised name in luxury fashion as the founder and creative director of Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry, her brand counts and Beyoncé and the recently deceased fashion icon Karl Largerfeld among its celebrity clientele. At BCG, Nadine, who also graduated Stamford, served as an associate in the firm’s luxury and consumer goods practice before joining a management programme at Hermès.

Like her eldest sister, Ghosn’s youngest daughter Maya joined McKinsey’s New York office – spending over three years there as an engagement manager before departing in 2016. Maya is now Manager, Housing Affordability for the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan to promote social equality. Incidentally, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, a former McKinsey consultant, has been a mentor to Caroline and also founded, where Maya first started out as an intern.

Carlos Ghosn’s son Anthony – who has now been embroiled in his father’s affair with accusations of money being funneled via Oman toward his financial services start-up, Shogun (where he is CEO but has not been accused of any direct involvement) – didn’t get his break at an MBB, but his step-brother, Anthony Marshi, the son of Carlos Ghosn’s second wife Carole Nahas, is a partner with BCG in New York according to French newspaper Le Figaro.