Since we opened our first office in Cape Town, South Africa in 2005, AIMS concluded searches for senior executives in 24 countries in the MEA region and assisted many foreign investors and start-ups with strategic HR services and support.

With experienced Partners and offices in key cities, AIMS boasts an impressive network and expertise across this vast region. Our Consultants are active in practice groups across all the main industries with importance in MEA, for example in Energy and other natural resources, Industrial or Consumer.

We assist emerging local business leaders and investors with best practices, unequalled experience and systemic knowledge gained in mature markets and support international clients who want to enter the regional market or develop industrial capabilities in the area with our knowledge of the conditions in emerging markets.

Business in the Middle East North Africa region is challenged by various factors, notably oil production constraints, fiscal pressures and security, however, countries like Morocco and Tunisia are bound to exceed (and in some cases far exceed) the average regional growth percentage in the next few years. Recent reforms to attract foreign investment have paid off and are bound to continue stimulating growth in the medium term. Investment in automotive and agriculture as well as production sites owned by multinational companies are changing the face of employment in the area. Although unemployment rates remain high, the demand for skilled and professional level workers is creating a competitive environment, which leads to an increase in salaries.

For investors into Egypt, the renewed energy felt in business confidence and lower unemployment are re-creating a talent-competitive environment.

In Sub Saharan Africa with South Africa and Nigeria remaining the main economies, various factors such as higher commodity prices and a healthy global economy have improved GDP output. Infrastructure improvements and private sector expansion are needed to continue improving this result. With Africa boasting four of the top ten fastest growing cities in the world, exponential population increase and more than half the population under the age of 25, there are vast opportunities in consumer sales. It also follows that the work force in Africa can make a sizeable contribution to productivity in years to come. Strategic investment into key markets in the region can achieve phenomenal growth with countries like Ethiopia and Ivory Coast currently leading the GDP growth race. Finally, investment from Asia is another factor contributing to a positive outlook.

In all of these markets, it is increasingly important to have an efficient executive search and leadership development partner with in-depth local experience, access to international market intelligence and the latest know-how in state-of-the-art HR systems and processes as well as employer branding and retention strategies, who can assist you in entering the region, sourcing the necessary leadership talent locally and globally and building up an efficient and well-trained work-force.

AIMS International can support your business in the MEA region, whether you are looking at up-skilling, re-organising or expanding into a new market, we will collaborate to find the best solution for your organisation.


Peter Barkhurst

Vice President AIMS International

Leonie Pentz

VP Middle East Africa