Executive Search in the Middle East

Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are the undisputed economic center of the Gulf region. They host the regional sales hubs of many international companies in the investment, consumer goods, healthcare, life sciences, pharmaceutical, IT and retail sectors.

Cities like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar's Doha are home to millions of European, Asian, and African expatriates.  Due to the enormous increase in purchasing power in recent decades and the massive investments in real estate and infrastructure, the Gulf States are of utmost interest to companies in the consumer goods sector, the construction-related sectors, and the oil and gas supply industry.

The same applies to healthcare and pharmaceutical, professional services, and other sectors that benefit from the consumption power of the state and private players in the region.

Executive Search in the Gulf Region & the Middle East

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CT Executive Search focuses on recruiting executives across the Gulf, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

Due to the regional specificity - the Gulf states are especially interesting as sales markets for many international companies - we are primarily concerned with recruiting into sales & marketing related positions here.

Our team also has excellent knowledge of the Iranian market, where we have recruited top talent to a variety of positions following the conclusion of the nuclear agreement.


Lebanon and Egypt are hubs for Arab professionals and executives who are popular as "local expats" in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Recruitment processes for these countries should always be approached with a regional view - and we are well positioned for this, with our Beirut-based regional hub office.

We also work closely with the consulting firms Persia Associates and Persia Consulting in Tehran.

Please find additional information on executive search, talent acquisition, expatriate recruitment and doing business in the Gulf Region & Middle East in our newsletters.

Contact us for all HR-related matters in the Middle East and the Gulf Region. 

Head of Middle East Regional Office - Aouni Kawas

Aouni Kawas

Head of Middle East Regional Office, Beirut/Lebanon

Aouni Kawas is the Managing Partner at Kawas Consulting and the Director of the CT Executive Search regional hub office in Beirut, Lebanon. The Beirut office handles assignments across the Near and Middle East and supports searches in North and West Africa.

Aouni has been working in executive search for over 15 years.  During this time, he has handled a high three-digit number of mandates in the GCC region, the Middle East and Africa. As Managing Partner of Kawas Consulting, Aouni has worked with CT Executive Search on various executive recruitment projects for European and US companies, as well as Arab companies looking towards international expansion.

Aouni previously worked for Deloitte and the financial services company Bartercard. He studied marketing at the Lebanese American University and has since held a professorship there.

Senior Advisor Iran - Dr. Alireza Azimzadeh

Dr. Alireza Azimzadeh

Senior Advisor, Tehran

Dr. Alireza Azimzadeh is the founder of the legal, strategy, and financial consultancies Persia Associates, Persia Consulting, and Persia Financial, based in Tehran.

Dr. Azimzadeh is also the Iran representative of the German Association for Medium-Sized Enterprises.

As a member of the CT Executive Search Advisory Board, Dr. Azimzadeh and his team support our Iranian executive search assignments from a legal and administrative point of view.

Contact - Christian Tegethoff

Christian Tegethoff

Managing Director

Our Managing Director Christian Tegethoff is available to answer your questions about executive search in the Middle East and the Gulf region.

In cooperation with our Beirut-based CT Executive Search hub office and the Persia Consulting Group in Tehran, he has executed numerous executive search assignments in the region.


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