Arthur D. Little recruits three new partners for Dubai office
January 2020

Philippe De Backer, Adham Sleiman and Dhiraj Joshi deepen regional and global expertise

Arthur D. Little (ADL), today announced the appointment of three high-profile partners, who will be based in its Dubai office and will work across its Global Financial Services (FS), Energy and Utilities (ENUT) and Healthcare practices.

Philippe De Backer joins from LF Capital as a Partner to lead ADL’s Global FS practice. He has spent most of his career at Bain & Company where he grew and led the firm’s Global FS practice, including opening offices in Brussels and Amsterdam. With extensive consulting experience in the sector, his goal is to accelerate the growth of ADL’s existing practice and to further its relationships with leading financial institutions. Philippe holds an MBA from Tuck at Dartmouth, and a dual Bachelor’s degree in economics and literature from Colgate University.

With over 15 years’ experience advising public and private-sector clients across the Middle East, Adham Sleiman is well-known as a thought leader within the energy sector, having published multiple reports on topics such as smart grids, innovation in energy and blockchain in renewables. He joins ADL as a Partner within the ENUT practice, having worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, Booz & Company and Accenture. Adham holds a Ph.D. in communications and signal processing, as well as a Master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering, from Imperial College London.

Dhiraj Joshi specializes in the healthcare sector, and throughout his career he has advised most of the region’s public and private clients within healthcare, pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices. He was previously at PwC, where he created and grew its Healthcare Strategy business, focusing on delivering mission-critical strategy solutions to clients across the Middle East. Dhiraj holds a double Master’s degree – first in communications, and second, an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

Thomas Kuruvilla, Managing Partner of Arthur D. Little Middle East, explains: “Our new senior appointments in Dubai enable us to widen and deepen the strategic consultancy we are providing to our clients across multiple sectors. We have strengthened our team in response to client demand and we are delighted to welcome such high-profile senior leaders who are fully aligned with ADL’s values and strategy.”