Roland Berger strengthens its Middle East team

New Senior Advisor, Umar Saleem


Dubai: Roland Berger is excited to welcome its new Senior Advisor, Umar Saleem, who will strengthen the team in various sectors with his longstanding and international experiences across a broad spectrum of industries.

Our Middle East firm combines the strategic capability and think-tank capacity of a global consulting firm with the agility of a startup in terms of innovative thinking and execution, in supporting our clients and fostering the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region.

Through Roland Berger’s particularly strong expertise and deep industry knowledge of deploying the latest and best in class solutions across the world in both public and private sector enterprises, combined with Umar's deep understanding of the region and the corporate culture of Maven Investment Partners (“Maven”) – a boutique advisory firm Umar co-founded four years ago and will continue to run in addition to his Senior Advisor role at Roland Berger, we are looking forward to further engaging with our clients and delivering measurable results by combining Roland Berger's and Maven's strong GCC network and extensive hands-on implementation experience.

Our RBME leadership team and Umar will continuously enhance our value proposition for our clients in the region. Together, we will further pursue the development of the best strategies for our clients, combining our knowledge, strengths and expertise.  

"We are very excited that Umar Saleem is joining our team as a Senior Advisor. The constant development in the Middle East and its great economic as well as geopolitical importance characterizes the region as a key location for global businesses. We are looking forward to combining Roland Berger's and Umar's knowledge and experience, to further create sustainable value and provide innovative strategies and reliable solution for our clients." saidRene Seyger, Managing Partner Roland Berger Middle East. 

Umar Saleem (Senior Advisor)

Umar is a C-level Executive, Advisor and Board Member with 30 years of experience in corporate finance, operational and financial restructuring, business transformation and advisory services across a broad spectrum of industries such as construction, real estate, manufacturing, retail, distribution, technology and diversified conglomerates.

Umar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Maven Investment Partners - a boutique advisory firm focused on delivering Corporate Finance Advisory, Transformation & Restructuring Advisory, Interim & Crisis Management and Corporate Governance initiatives across MENA and Pakistan. Umar is currently leading some of the largest private sector financial restructurings in KSA.

Umar said “I am delighted to be joining Roland Berger’s Middle East office as a Senior Advisor. In light of the extraordinary changes caused by the pandemic, the regional entities are embarking upon large scale transformation projects and are looking for firms with hands-on implementation experience. We intend to offer clients fast, effective and practical solutions to resolve their most complex challenges’’.

Prior to setting up Maven, Umar worked as Chief Transformation Officer and Group CFO at Al Jaber Group in UAE. He has also been the Group CFO of Depa Plc for seven years and held leadership roles at Alvarez & Marsal, IBM, Oracle and PwC, including being a Board and Audit Committee member of a Singapore listed business for several years. He has also chaired the Audit & Risk Committee and Nomination & Remuneration Committees of a large private equity backed Saudi Group.

Roland Berger, founded in 1967, is the only leading global consultancy of German heritage and European origin. With 2,400 employees working from 34 countries, we have successful operations in all major international markets. Our 50 offices are located in the key global business hubs. The consultancy is an independent partnership owned exclusively by 250 Partners.

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