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Team

We are a team of experienced experts with a proven track record of executing growth. We are looking for talent on full and part time basis. 

Christiane Schloderer
CEO
 
Corporate Governance
Digital Transformation
Interim CFO

Dr. Christiane founded Growth Partners in 2012. She has 16 years experience in various finance and transformation positions in multinational environments in Europe and the Middle East. She now works with boards, owners and management on company's growth journeys. Digital finance transformation and dashboard board level reporting are currently high on her agenda.

Prior to Growth Partners she served as the CFO of Nokia Al Saudia where she was responsible for finance, business HR, IT and strategy execution. Christiane regularly liaised with the board. During her tenure, the company grew from 500 to 1.000 employees. She also worked as Turnaround Manager and as senior advisor Structured Finance for Nokia Siemens Networks UAE.

She serves on the Board of a Saudi based family company and the Board of Trustees of the German International School Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Christiane is a certified INSEAD International Director (IDP-C), received a doctoral degree from the University of Federal Armed Forces in Germany with a thesis on innovation management and holds a master-equivalent degree in business administration from the European Business School in Germany.

Christiane has mentored, coached and trained dozens of startups on business model innovation and financial modelling.

Samra Shaikh
 
Transformation
Business Process Optimization

Samra joined Growth Partners in 2018 as a Transformation Consultant. She is a results-driven business process improvement and business solutions consultant. She has worked in various organizations including ADIB, Abu Dhabi to bring about operational transformation by improving efficiency through business process optimization. She is a qualified ISO 9001 QCI and IRCA Lead Auditor and supports organizations in acquiring or maintaining the ISO certification.

 

Her industry experience includes banking and finance, real estate and financial services. 

Samra is a Director for Workstream Automation, a process automation software company. She holds an MSc from Brunel University, London and an MBA from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. 

Ahmed Abdulwahab
 
Innovation Strategy
Customer experience
Ahmed Abdulwahab
 
Innovation Strategy
Customer Experience
Corporate Entrepreneurship

Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of Next Arabia, a boutique consultancy focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. Growth Partners has partnered with Next Arabia since 2016. Ahmed covers innovation, business model design and strategy.

Ahmed is deeply routed in entrepreneurship.  After building his own startup, he has managed KAUST Entrepreneurship Center, Turn8 Accalerator and QBIC Incubation center. He works on several corporate entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives.

Prior to that, Ahmed has worked in a leadership position for Siemens Communication Middle East and as a Senior Consultant at Kienbaum Management Consultants.

Ahmed holds an MBA equivalent degree from Berlin University, Germany.

Subject Matter Experts

In addition to our regular team members we work with a range of subject matter experts depending on project needs.   

Vicoria Buerk
 
CFO Services
Digital Transformation

Victoria joined Growth Partners in 2016 as Consultant. She is responsible for Growth Partner's CFO Services activities, specializing on setting up and operating end-to-end financial management for mid sized growing businesses.

Victoria has worked with a number of SME clients over the last years in a broad range of industries from e-commerce to architecture, where she built, transformed and scaled their financial management.  

Prior to that, Victoria held positions as financial controller for Dubai Community Theater, production accountant for National Theater, London and as relocation consultant for a large Abu Dhabi based government entity.

Victoria holds a BA in Literature and Drama from the University of Kent and is a certified ACA Chartered Accountant.

Tahera Nazim
CFO Services
Digital Transformation
 

Tahera joined Growth Partners in November 2017 as a Consultant. She specializes on Transformation and drives our CFO Service projects. 

Tahera has extensive experience in various finance areas, including, VAT, performance analysis and transformation. Her last position was Assistant Vice President (Finance) with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

 

She is a certified chartered accountant (FCA) and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

Sia Mlay
CFO Services
Business Process Optimization

Sia joined Growth Partners in 2018 as a Consultant specializing on finance, tax and process optimization.  

Her experience includes positions in Commercial Bank International, Dubai, as business performance manager and business process officer, at PwC Kenya as consultant and Ernst and Young Kenya as tax consultant.

 

 Sia holds a MSc in Finance from University of London and a Bachelor of Commerce from Nairobi University. She is also a certified public accountant (CPA) from Kenya.

Florian Schloderer
 
Data Analytics
Quantitative Methods
Family businesses

Dr. Florian is external advisor for change management, ERP systems and data analytics. 

 

Florian currently holds a lecturer position at INSEAD's Middle East Campus in Abu Dhabi. His research includes organizational change, industry ecosystems, and evidence based management using randomized field experiments.

 

He started his career at his family's business where he was responsible for the optimization of business processes, the introduction and management of an ERP system and data analytics. Florian holds a doctoral degree from the University of Federal Armed Forces Germany.

Senior Data Architect
Advisor
Business Intelligence
Digitalization
Analytics & Reporting 
 

Growth Partners' team is being advised by a senior data architect with 20+ years of experience in Business Intelligence, Data Warehouses, IT supported reporting and Analytics.