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What is the Cooper Fitch difference? 

We have been recruiting mid-senior talent since 1997 with over 10,000 appointments across the Middle East. We have specialist technical and recruitment expertise within each of the key vertical markets.

Take a look to see what makes us special as a consultancy firm.

Trefor Murphy

Trefor Murphy

Chief Executive Officer

Trefor is a qualified industrial engineer with experience in both technical and commercial aspects of manufacturing and supply chain management with organizations such as Microsoft, Intel and Trend Technologies. He is the founder and CEO of Cooper Fitch in the United Arab Emirates. Before setting up Cooper Fitch, he was part of the global leadership team for one of the largest international recruitment firms working across Ireland and the United Kingdom. He has spent the past five years in the Middle East with his last role as Managing Director for the MENA region. He brings a wealth of international best practices in search and human resource solutions.

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Sasha Bikova

Principal Consultant | Technology

Sasha is the principal consultant in the technology division heading up core tech assignments, including Data & AI; Cloud & Infrastructure; DevOps; and leadership positions ranging from Managerial to C-suite across the META region. Sasha holds five years of technology recruitment experience, 3 of which span from Morgan McKinley and Cooper Fitch. Her extensive knowledge and proven track record have allowed her to become a very successful recruiter and an SME in all things tech. Sasha holds a First-Class Honours in Human Resource Management (BSc). 

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Victoria King

Head of Legal

Victoria is head of the Legal Practice within Cooper Fitch and has worked in recruitment and executive search in the Middle East for over 6 years. She specialises in the recruitment of legal professionals within international and regional Private Practice, Public Sector and In-house across a range of industries including multinational organisations and regional holding companies.

She works closely with the local and international talent with various legal expertise including; corporate, commercial, construction, energy, real estate capital markets, banking & finance, intellectual property, litigation and arbitration. Victoria studied Criminology and Law at Coventry University.

Ebony Gayle

Ebony Gayle

Managing Partner, Head of Manufacturing & Engineering & HR Advisory

Ebony has nearly ten years of global recruitment experience as both - a Consultant and Manager, in the UK, Central Europe and now in the Middle East. Ebony began her recruitment career after graduating from University in 2007. She then spent five years supporting the European market from London focusing on highly specialised technical positions. She relocated to Dubai for a new opportunity in 2013. Ebony is a partner of the firm with her team focusing on providing talent for mid-senior level positions in Supply Chain, Procurement, Manufacturing, Engineering, Quality, HSE, R&D, Human Resources and Technology across the MENA region. She works alongside a variety of local, regional and multinational businesses which have a high demand for technical talent.

Jack Khabbaz

Jack Khabbaz

Managing Partner, Head of Advisory & Public Sector

Jack joined Cooper Fitch in 2013 as an Associate Director in Advisory and specializes in Risk, Audit, Deals and Strategy.  He brings over eighteen years of recruitment, search, consulting and commercial experience from across Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

 During Jack's times at Cooper Fitch he has led senior level appointments and managed key accounts across the Big 4, international consulting firms, government entities and industry side clients throughout the Middle East and Africa. His ability to leverage his commercial acumen, team leadership and client advisory experience has allowed international and regional organizations to achieve their core business objectives.

Jack is originally from Sydney and achieved a Commerce degree at the University of Western Sydney. He is fluent in English and is currently learning to speak Arabic. 

Vilius Dobilaitis

Vilius Dobilaitis

Managing Partner, Head of Accounting & Finance, Banking & Financial Services

Vilius manages the “Accounting & Finance” and “Consulting & Practice” recruitment divisions within Cooper Fitch for the Middle East. Vilius personally recruits for senior finance professionals specifically across the UAE, KSA, Oman and Qatar regions. Vilius has worked in recruitment in the United Kingdom, Qatar and now for the last three years in the United Arab Emirates. He specializes in senior finance professionals in a range of industries and across Big 4 practice firms. His key industries are Construction, Hospitality, Asset Management, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Media, Oil and Gas, Automotive and Telecommunications. Vilius holds Economics and Business Management degrees from Newcastle University, UK.

Janie-Lee Brown

Janie-Lee Brown

Managing Partner, Operations Director

Janie joined the firm in 2012 and is responsible for all operational requirements of the business, including- human resources, legal compliance, finance, policies and procedures along with the quality of client service delivery. She ensures that everything we do is compliant with Cooper Fitch’s best practices and that the quality of our delivery aligns with clients' expectations. Being a partner in the firm with nearly ten years’ industry experience in the Middle East, Janie heads up the people function for Cooper Fitch and has overall responsibility for staff welfare at all grades across the business.

Viacheslav Shakhov

Viacheslav Shakhov

Director | Investment Management & Real Estate

Viacheslav (Slav) has five years’ experience in Recruitment and HR and currently leads Cooper Fitch Investment Management & Real Estate recruitment practices and has been extensively involved in executive search related to major government initiatives across the GCC such as VAT introduction, Vision 2030, Nationalisation, investment management and government assets consolidation. He specialises in recruiting mid to senior-level positions across Real Estate and Investment Management as well as Board Members and key executives for portfolio companies. 
 

Michael Stubbs

Michael Stubbs

Associate Director | Head of Strategy

Michael specialises in strategy, management consulting and PMO. He has successfully supported assignments with Big 4 advisory firms, boutique strategy firms placing candidates from Senior Associate to Partner level. Furthermore, Michael has assisted many public sector clients in their nationalisation. He has managed complex project-based appointments mainly in the UAE and KSA market including helping the expansion of the Ministry’s Project Management and Strategy Management Offices. Throughout his experience, Michael has developed a high calibre of service delivery and reliable contacts within the Strategy and Consulting sectors, which benefit both his clients and candidates.

Kassem Zaiter

Kassem Zaiter

Consultant | Accounting & Finance

Kassem Zaiter has been with Cooper Fitch team since 2018, he specialises for all Accounting & Finance roles across the GCC and MENA region. He has previously worked as a Business Development Manager in a well-renowned Investment and Real Estate organisation.  He also has experience in Sales across Event Management and Retail. His dedication for work and his eye for the right talent have made him a great addition to the Cooper Fitch Family. Originally from Lebanon, he is fluent in both English and Arabic. 

Amera Gouda

Amera Gouda

Head of Internal Recruitment

Kazim Hussain

Kazim Hussain

Consultant | Technology

Kazim specializes in the Datacenter and Cloud industry on the Technology desk across the META region at Cooper Fitch. After successful completion of his Bachelor’s in Business Administration in the UK, Kaz joined the Cooper Fitch Graduate Program as an Associate Consultant in 2016 working purely within the IT space. His knowledge and strong contacts in the IT Market in the region has been fundamental to his success. Kaz has proven to be a resilient recruiter in his space delivering the top Sales, Presales and Technical Talent to major accounts which include Marketing, Pre Sales, Networking Infrastructure, Routing, Switching, IP, MPLS, BGP, OSPF, Ethernet, WLAN, Data Centre, Cloud Computing, Storage, Virtualisation and Software Defined Networking.

Marlene Antalan

Marlene Antalan

Office Manager

Marlene heads the service delivery and support division for Cooper Fitch, ensuring a high level of service to our clients and candidates in the region. She joined the business in 2013 and has been a significant mechanism in building the Cooper Fitch difference. After graduating with a degree in Tourism in the Philippines, Marlene relocated to Dubai to commence her professional career. She contributes a wealth of experience within customer service and back-office administration, having gained valuable experience with a number of sales support and BPO firms in the Philippines and the past six years within the United Arab Emirates.

Julia Revai

Financial Controller

Julia became an integral part of Cooper Fitch’s operations team in 2018.  As our financial controller, she maintains the business’s financial reports, records, general ledgers; prepares and analyses budgets and performs regular bookkeeping. With over 10 years of experience, she has worked for some of the most well-known international organisations. Originally from Hungary, she is fluent in English, Arabic and Hungarian. She is a qualified Economist and Vocational Teacher of economics. Julia graduated from Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem.

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Ameera Taher

Consultant - Advisory

Delivering and managing talent for highly technical client projects across the UAE and KSA specialising in the advisory field; Ameera has a proven track record with senior-level Big 4, top tier strategy houses and multinational consulting appointments, such as Director of Strategy and Member of Steering Committee. Graduated Middlesex University with a BSc in Human Resources Management. Born and raised within the GCC, Ameera can draw upon her knowledge of the local culture in her interactions with clients and candidates based regionally, in addition to providing candidates in international markets with a more detailed insight into the Gulf region. 

Ziad Bartz

Consultant | Investment Management & Real Estate

Ziad joined Cooper Fitch in 2018 as an Investment Management & Tax Associate Consultant. With over a year in the recruitment and talent acquisition industry, he has proven to be a great asset to the Cooper Fitch team. Originally from Germany, he is fluent in Arabic, English and German. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Brunel University, London.

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