Our team is comprised of professional consultants equipped with extensive project experience across various sectors and industries locally in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, regionally across the GCC, as well as across >10 markets in Asia Pacific. This Asia Pacific and Arab world experience is what sets us apart from the rest: we consider ourselves the only true advisors in the Middle East helping Arab companies navigate the Silk Road of the 21st century. We are well-trained to be adept and resourceful in gathering insights directly from customers, suppliers, and intermediaries in the marketplace – whether it is in the UAE or in China – our experts then analyze and develop these insights to create actionable and sustainable business strategies.
All projects are executed in-house and our work method is straight-forward: we get the work done by 'getting our hands dirty' in the field, extracting relevant information from key stakeholders and experts in the marketplace --- whether that marketplace is the UAE, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, or China (or all of the above!). Our clients not only get the insights and analysis from our own experts and consultants – we also ensure insights are cross-checked and verified by our established networks in the industry on the ground. This approach ensures that we are interpreting and analyzing something more than data; we are providing strategic insights based on direct findings in real-time.
Damien Duhamel is our CEO & Managing Partner based in Abu Dhabi office. He had worked in hundreds of growth strategy engagements with Fortune 500 clients.A recognized Innovation and Competitive Strategy expert with over 20 years of experience, he specializes in a wide range of business consulting services in Asia and Middle East markets. His thought leadership has been featured on various media: AFP, Business Insider, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other global publications. Damien speaks English, French, and Vietnamese. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the Victoria University, an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business and is completing a Master of Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard University.
Erika is a Partner based in our Abu Dhabi office, responsible for managing client relationships and operational growth across the Middle East. A well experienced strategy consultant, she has over 15 years of strategy consulting experience in the Middle East, working with global Fortune 500 firms as well as leading corporations, government bodies and foundations in the region. She has led several strategy projects in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Oman, Indonesia, and Japan across the construction, lubricants, machinery, automotive and greentech sectors. Prior to joining Solidiance, Erika was a senior advisor and manager addressing sustainability challenges across various sectors and industries. Erika speaks English, Japanese, conversational French and survival Arabic. She holds a BSc from McGill University, has completed her postgraduate studies in Sustainability & Leadership at Cambridge University, and is currently completing her Executive MBA as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University.
Nabil is a Director based in our Abu Dhabi office, who excels in market landscape analysis, financial modeling and due diligence fields. He has led and conducted various projects across the logistics space in the Middle East including UAE, Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, as well as Southeast Asia countries. Prior to Solidiance, Nabil had worked in Fortune 500 companies reporting directly to the CFOs – leading more than 30 key markets across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Diana is our Digital Transformation Director. Based in our Abu Dhabi office, she had the experience working with multinational companies across Europe, and has nearly 10 years of international exposure in the areas of communication and digital marketing. Diana has a lot of experience managing different projects for global clients, focusing on digital strategy, omnichannel marketing, as well as communcations and digital advertising.
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