Qatar's Excelledia Quality Consulting opens office in Northern Ireland

02 May 2018

Excelledia Quality Consulting, a management consulting firm based in Doha, has launched an innovation centre in Northern Ireland in what the local business development authority has said is its first inbound investment from Qatar.

Primarily specialising in the Oil & Gas, Construction & Engineering, Banking, Healthcare, Government, Education, ICT and Manufacturing sectors, with big-name clients including Oreedoo, RasGas, Qatar Steel and the Qatar Foundation, Excelledia offers training and support services in segments such as ISO Management Systems, Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, Risk Management and more.

While the consulting firm has an existing outlet in the UK, in addition to its bases in Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE and offices in the Karnataka and Kerala provinces of Southern India on the Arabian Sea, the move to establish a new Northern Ireland hub in Belfast is intended to serve as a launch-pad for European growth.

"We began exploring locations for a new centre late last year. We wanted to be based somewhere that would enable us to offer our consulting, training and technology solution services to potential clients across the globe,” Excelledia’s CEO Muhamed Farooque said. “We were very impressed by the knowledge and experience in the local universities and hope to work with them as part of the process of developing innovative technology solutions.”Muhamed Farooque and Steve HarperThe new office will host 22 employees, expected to be in place by the early part of next year and supported in part by a £97,500 incentive subsidy from the governmental economic development agency Invest Northern Ireland. Commenting on the announcement, the investment body’s executive director of international business Steve Harper said, “I am delighted to welcome Excelledia to Northern Ireland, our first inward investment from Qatar.”

“The technology innovation centre will focus on business performance management. Using artificial intelligence and business analytics the team will develop technology innovations and solutions to help companies implement process and technology improvements. The information that the company works with will be new to Northern Ireland so there is real potential for knowledge transfer with our universities and wider technology sector,” Harper concluded.

In line with the nation’s ambitious 2030 vision to promote social and economic development through innovation, the Qatar Foundation, a non-profit development agency which features among Excelledia’s clientele, recently established the Qatar Science & Technology Park as a research and innovation hub designed to foster international collaboration in building the local knowledge-based economy – so far attracting names such as Cisco, GE, Microsoft, Vodafone, SAP, Siemens and Iberdrola to set up shop

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Global strategy consultancy CVA launches first Middle East office in Dubai

10 April 2019

The boutique global strategy consultancy Corporate Value Associates has launched an office in Dubai – to be led by 20-year consulting veteran Olivier Staub.

Global strategy consulting firm Corporate Value Associates (CVA) has launched its first Middle East office in Dubai, adding to its existing network of 17 offices across Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. The new office will be led by Olivier Staub, a strategy consulting veteran with over 20 years of international consulting and business development experience – the last 14 of those based out of Dubai.

Established in 1987, CVA has grown to a team of more than 250 advisors worldwide, serving  clients with strategy needs across multiple sectors, including energy & utilities, financial services, mining & materials, TMT, transportation and defence. Recently, the consultancy was named by Decideurs Magazine as among the top strategy consulting firms to the industrials segment in France.

The launch of its first Middle East office is a significant step for CVA, which places a particular emphasis on its global network. “We ensure that learnings from work in one country are quickly disseminated to others – best practices are transferred not just between industry practices, but also across geographies. Global staffing and training guarantee there is one global standard: the CVA standard,” the firm states.Global strategy consultancy CVA launches first Middle East office in DubaiJoined by CVA founder Paul-Andre Rabate and Paris-based partner Carole Ott for its inauguration, Staub will head up the Dubai office after a brief stint at fellow boutique consultancy Emerton, before which he served for four years as a partner with local strategy firm Novo Management Partners. Earlier in his career, Staub spent seven years with Oliver Wyman, and initially started out as a consultant with Deloitte in Paris.

Over the course of his career, Staub has amassed experience in over 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with functional expertise in corporate and growth strategy, M&A and due diligence, turnaround programmes and programme management, organisational design, and corporate governance among other areas. He also co-founded e-commerce company Neodirect in Paris, serving as its business development director for three years.

Staub joins Sami Grouz in the broader MENA region, who has led the firm’s Casablanca office since the middle of last year, and will be supported in the new UAE venture by Thomas Fabbes, an Oxford graduate in Materials Science who has been with CVA’s London office since September. According to the firm, its junior consultants are ‘hand-picked’ from the only the top universities and schools around the world – with the firm currently in the middle of a recruitment drive.

CVA founder and Managing Partner Paul-Andre Rabate himself received a doctoral degree in Business Economics from Harvard University, joining BCG in 1978 before co-founding strategy consultancy Mars & Company in France the following year prior to establishing CVA. “CVA has always been a global boutique and this new office opens the door to exciting challenges in the Middle-East,” the firm stated on LinkedIn. “Olivier, we wish you the best of luck in this central region.”