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 the co-Founder & Managing Partner of Solidiance and has worked on hundreds of growth strategy engagements with Fortune 500 clients. Damien is a recognized Innovation and Asia Competitive Strategy expert with extensive experience in ASEAN. His thought leadership has been featured on various media: AFP, Business Insider, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and several Asian 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 responsible for managing Solidiance’s client relationships and operational growth across the Middle East, and is based in the United Arab Emirates. She brings over 10 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 >15 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.
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