Strategic Gears promotes three partners to leadership team

08 April 2024 4 min. read

Strategic Gears has appointed three new partners in its Riyadh office, with Fatima Al-Mubarak, Ahmed Abzakh and Abdullah Al-Barqawi all promoted from within the firm’s internal ranks to associate partner level.

Fatima Al-Mubarak has over eleven years of experience in public policy and management, research and analytics, performance management, strategy development, product development and organization excellence within multiple sectors, mainly in non-profit, education, transportation, telecommunication, trade and commerce.

She delivered many projects in Saudi Arabia, including conducting job market need assessment studies, measuring the social impact of national programs, developing products for the not-for-profit sector, designing operating models within public sector entities, and operating marketing and communication strategies.

Strategic Gears promotes three partners to leadership team

Al-Mubarak holds a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a master in Public Policy and Management from the University of Glasgow. She is certified in Change Management, Design Thinking and Leading People in Organizations.

Commenting on her promotion: “It has been quite an exciting journey to be part of our growing family in Strategic Gears, over the past five years I have been blessed to serve many clients within the public sector in helping them shape what the future will look like for their organizations and sectors.”

“It is truly an honor to be entrusted with not only serving more clients but also to help build a stronger organization through nurturing a growing pool of talents to gain the knowledge and skills needed to achieve our organizational milestones and their individual aspirations.”

Ahmed Abzakh has a wealth of experience in strategy, investment plans, financial sustainability, product development and pricing, revenue maximization, business and financial modeling, and data analytics. Abzakh has served entities across the public and private sectors, in sectors including transportation (with a focus on sea ports and ride hailing), financial sector, special economic zones, labor market, and intellectual property.

His track record spans including building an investment masterplan for the Saudi Ports Authority, developing commercial products for multiple entities in the transportation, labor market, entertainment, and intellectual property, and developing strategies at the national and corporate levels for clients.

Abzakh holds a master’s in Construction and Engineering Management and a bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He is certified in Design Thinking from MIT and Leading People in Organizations from Wharton School of Business.

Commenting on his step up to associate partner: “Throughout my journey with the company, I have had the privilege of leading impactful projects with leading government entities, working hand in hand to shape their strategies, optimize their operations, and drive sustainable growth.”

“Beyond the projects and achievements, what truly resonated with me is the sense of purpose and fulfilment I have found here at Strategic Gears. Our work extends far beyond the bottom line; it is about making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and the communities we serve. It is about contributing to the greater good and leaving a lasting legacy.”

Abdullah Al-Barqawi has extensive experience as a consultant delivering major projects in strategy development, product development, business development, and marketing strategy and has different experiences in strategy implementation and operations.

Throughout his career, Al-Barqawi delivered significant value to clients in the public sector, including the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, the Ministry of Economy and Planning, the Ministry of the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, and the Royal Commission of ALULA.

He led the delivery of key projects within the government procurement supporting entities like EXPRO, NCGR, LCGPA, and the Ministry of Finance, and also played a role in the development of many strategic communication plans for different entities.

Al-Barqawi holds a bachelor’s in Engineering Management with honors from Prince Sultan University.

Commenting on his appointment to associate partner: “I am thrilled to be promoted from within Strategic Gears. When I joined the firm as employee number 6, I had not imagined becoming a partner after 7 years. I am grateful to the leadership for pushing me to always provide clients with the best solutions, and I am thankful for all the clients, who pushed me out of my comfort zone so that I could learn and add value to them.”

Al-Barqawi continued: “I continue to look forward to many years of achievements and accomplishments with Strategic Gears.”

Headquartered in Saudi Arabia, with further offices in Egypt and London, Strategic Gears is one of the Middle East’s largest homegrown management consulting firms, with currently just under 300 staff. In Saudi Arabia, the firm is deeply involved in work relating to the country’s Vision 2030 agenda, working across a broad range of Vision Realization programs.