Who we are

Over the past ten years, Zoghbi Associates has established a network of business partners with whom we collaborate on areas where a combined approach is beneficial to our clients. Our key partners are:

leavesExecutive Search: Riverhouse Partners is a financial markets executive search and consultancy firm which operates globally, and specialises in the emerging markets of Asia, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Latin America. For more info: www.riverhousepartners.com


leavesCoaching: Stokes & Jolly is an independent, professional advisory and organisational consulting firm which supports those in positions of leadership. They have professional backgrounds and training in both psychology and management, and Jon Stokes has been providing coaching to senior executives in the Middle East for a number of years. For more info: www.stokesjolly.com


leavesLeadership Assessment: The River Group is The River Group is a consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational dynamics. Their mission is to help leaders to transform their businesses and businesses to transform their leaders. For more info: www.trgglobal.com


leavesPsychometrics: The Birkman Assessment method has been used to assess over 5 million individuals and was originally designed to assess fighter pilots. Chris Elliott, our long time research associate, has become a certified Birkman Practitioner and been working with a number of individuals who wanted insights into their professional and personal style, as well as assessing candidates for senior appointments with our clients. For more info: www.birkman.com


leavesFounder Mikael Zoghbi: Before founding his own consultancy in 2004, Mikael ran the Middle East practice of a global search firm, Heidrick & Struggles. Prior to this, he worked for Scandinavian Bank and Visa International in a variety of managerial and special project roles across the Middle East and North Africa for almost 20 years. His generalist background in corporate and retail banking has given him specific insights in the banking field, but more broadly into the many industrial and trading businesses which are active in the region. He has a particular interest in leadership characteristics and was instrumental in bringing world class leadership assessment to the Middle East. Mikael holds a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD. He studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo in 1978 and speaks Arabic, French and Swedish. He also established a bio-technology business in 1990, specialising in remediation of sports turf, ornamental lakes and waterways, and waste water (see www.symbio.co.uk).