The team has gone from strength to strength and, this year, have truly cemented their place as an integral part of the global business.
This milestone has left me feeling somewhat reflective. Personally, I am entering my 11th year in the UAE and my time at Emerald has been the highlight of my professional career, allowing me to fulfil my long-held ambition to grow a business from scratch and make it a success.
I first encountered Emerald as one of their clients during my time working for Alcatel-Lucent / Nokia, and was struck by the first-class service I received as a Talent Acquisition partner. Having really gelled with each of the directors, it felt like a natural step to support Emerald’s growth in the META region when I made the decision to return to consultancy.
After much discussion, in 2014 we officially made the leap – with nothing but myself, a business plan and our first hire, James Bott, working out of my flat in Dubai.
Fast forward to 2018 and we’re now a team of 12 in beautiful offices in Business Central Towers (pictures to follow). But we’re not stopping there! Soon to grow to 15 people, we have plans for further expansion in 2019; including exciting developments in our permanent business as well as the establishment of Emerald’s flagship contract division worldwide!
In the past four years, we’ve placed over 200 top tier professionals into more than 80 clients across the region, including some of the most amazing technology companies and vendors in the world such as AppDynamics, Nokia, Lenovo, Wirecard, Riverbed, and Dyson.
With all that in mind, I think some thanks are in order!
Firstly, thank you to our amazing employees. James, Sumeet, Stuart and Todd – the backbone of our team from the early days – are all celebrating 3+ years’ service. Jonny, who continues to dominate our internal league tables, has put in 2+ years’ hard work alongside Akshay and Lewis. In 2018, we’ve welcomed new starter Arran – who has got off to a storming start, smashing his quota in his first year with the business – and our most recent additions, Samra and Zuber, who are already making their mark.
Thank you to our directors, particularly Adam, for their support, guidance and vision.