Ducatus Partners opens Middle East office and makes key partner appointment

Source: press release, 17 May 2021

Partner Abid Mirranay (photo: Ducatus Partners)
Partner Abid Mirranay (photo: Ducatus Partners)

Ducatus Partners, the international executive search and leadership advisory firm, has announced the opening of its new office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the appointment of Abid Mirranay as Partner.

Ducatus Partners is expanding its global footprint with a physical presence in the Middle East to strengthen the firm’s capability in region and build on its well-established track record of over 500 successful mandates with energy, infrastructure and private equity clients across Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Establishing this base also comes in response to rapidly growing demand from clients across the Gulf region for support in delivering their energy transition objectives from a human capital perspective.

Ducatus Partners’ Managing Director, Kevin Davidson, comments on the move: “I am thrilled to establish our Dubai office, which will serve as a strategic anchor for our business in the Middle East, and to welcome Abid to the team. He brings considerable experience which will further enhance our capability across the region. Collaborating with our established teams in Houston, London and Aberdeen, the Dubai office will enable us to deepen our regional knowledge and broaden our reach to the material benefit of our global client base.”

Newly appointed Partner Abid Mirranay will lead business development efforts in the region, as well as supporting Ducatus Partners’ existing base of clients in the Gulf. Abid has worked in Dubai for eight years and joins Ducatus Partners from Page Executive where he most recently held the role of Principal and focused on supporting Middle Eastern clients on key leadership appointments. Prior to this, he was based in Victoria as Senior Manager for the group’s Australian business.

This move follows the expectation that renewable capacity in the region will grow by a factor of 18 by 2025, with anticipated investment of over USD 180 billion. Ducatus Partners has been working with companies across the value chain to align talent to this evolving energy mix.

Sean Buchan, Managing Partner, explains, “The assignments we have recently executed in the Middle East have largely been centred around supporting our clients’ clean energy strategy, both in the near term with several executive and board placements bringing strong renewables experience, and in the longer term, with market mapping mandates aiding companies’ decision making capability in terms of investment focus in emerging technologies and succession planning for upcoming projects.”

The Dubai operation will continue to provide search and consulting services to the traditional energy industry, Buchan adds, “More than ever, we have found that our oil and gas clients in the Gulf value a highly bespoke and meticulous approach to execution. Progressing diversity within our clients’ organisations has been a growing focus for us in the Middle East, as well as catering to an increased demand for coverage of synergistic industries to secure executives with a forward-thinking approach to digitalisation.”

Commenting on joining Ducatus Partners, Mirranay says, “Ducatus Partners has built a strong reputation in the Middle East and I am excited to be joining the business at a time of rapid development for the region, in particular Saudi Arabia and vision 2030. I look forward to providing on-the-ground capability to both current and future clients and expanding our track record across government, infrastructure and energy markets in the Gulf Region.”