Artefact launches talent hub in Lebanon's capital Beirut

22 December 2022 2 min. read
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Artefact, an international consulting firm specialised in digital marketing and data transformation, has launched a new office in Lebanon.

The firm’s new base in Beirut becomes the firm’s third location in the MENA region, alongside Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). The Lebanese business will serve mainly as a talent hub for the group, leveraging Lebanon’s highly qualified pool of talent.

“Lebanon provides a strategic and elite talent pool for the entire company thanks to their multilingual capabilities and high level of education obtained at renowned local universities,” said Rahul Arya, Managing Partner of Artefact in the MENA region.

Artefact launches talent hub in Lebanon's capital Beirut

“Artefact’s expansion in Lebanon is very important to sustain our global growth ambitions. Given its strategic location in relation to our key European and MENA markets from a time zone perspective, and the depth and diversity of talent pools available in Lebanon, the Artefact Lebanon office will be key to our development in the region and globally,” Arya continued.

Headquartered in France, Artefact employs more than 1.000 people in 16 countries. The consulting firm has the ambition to expand significantly in the coming years, helped by the backing of private equity investors Ardian and Cathay Capital.

The new office is helmed by partners (and Lebanese citizens) Christelle Salame and Oussama Ahmad.

Salame: “The Beirut team is an extension of our United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia teams and will be vital to the rapid expansion of the company.”

Ahmad added: “Despite the current economic downturn in Lebanon, we still believe in this country and the outstanding capabilities of its people. We are therefore delighted to launch a presence in Beirut.”

Both Salame and Ahmad meanwhile noted the attractive career prospects the firm will bring to Lebanese graduates, at a time when many opportunities previous generations faced have been eroded from their feet following years of economic crisis.

“Artefact provides a great opportunity to Lebanese data scientists, data engineers, data analysts and digital marketers to join a fast-growing and global company that offers vast possibilities for career growth, exciting projects with reputable clients and a dynamic and young corporate culture,” said Ahmad.

Recruitment for fresh talent is well underway in Beirut, with already the first batch of professionals hired and onboarded. “We are committed to making significant investments in hiring, training and retaining the top talent in data consulting and AI in our Lebanon office,” Arya concluded.