Public Sector Service Areas

Strategy and Planning
Program Development and Implementation
Organizational Effectiveness
Performance Management and Evaluation
Partnership Services
Business Process Outsourcing


Education and National Skills Systems
Cultural Development

Our Thinking

How Skills Surveys Can More Effectively Identify Workforce Skills Gaps
Through a multicountry review of skills surveys, we propose an alternative approach to establishment skills surveys that can play a more effective role in determining how workforce skills influence achievement of firm business objectives in the Arab World.
Using Social Networking for Change
We see IT as an important enabler for regional development, and we have worked with global technology leaders such as Intel and Microsoft to deepen the impact of regional development programs leveraging technology.
A Regional Institution for Improving the Quality of Education
There are many opportunities for synergies through cooperation between regional education quality programs as well as clear areas of overlap which can benefit from consolidation.
Using Awards Effectively for Social Change
Many award programs in the region focus on large monetary sums to award best practices. We argue that money is not enough, and award programs should reinforce social change through knowledge diffusion, network building initiatives, and follow on training to maximize social impact.
Increasing Female Labor Market Participation With Scholarships
In several countries in the Arab World, women face significant obstacles to obtaining higher education and entering the workforce. We propose an e-Scholarships for Women Initiative to mitigate access, equality, and labor participation challenges.


Walid Aradi
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai, UAE

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  • We assist government institutions to develop collaborative partnerships with the public, private, and non-profit sectors to advance their social goals. We’ve provided strategy and facilitation support for over 300 letters of intent and memoranda of understanding with key partners often involving complex, multi-country stakeholder agreements.

    Our Capabilities

    Partnership Strategy
    • Fostering collaboration and partnerships between the public, private, and non-profit sectors

    • Developing partnership strategies to guide the identification and screening of potential partners

    • Negotiating partnership agreements linked to tangible outcomes
    Partnership Facilitation
    • Supporting coordination efforts to align multiple stakeholders, and development of a collective, solution-focused approaches

    • Representing clients' interests to structure and launch partnerships. This may include developing governance systems, policies, operating mechanisms, performance management mechanisms, facilitating kick-off workshops, and coordinating marketing strategies

    • Crafting fundraising and advocacy strategies

  • Below are a few examples of our recent work:

    • Established a $5 million partnership with a Nobel Prize winning microfinance foundation and a leading Saudi conglomerate to introduce the Arab World’s first quasi-equity investment vehicle for microfinance institutions; The fund was designed to leverage $20 million and reach 160,000 new borrowers in 7 countries
    • Secured an $18 million, 3-year strategic partnership between Microsoft and a regional foundation to provide a technology platform
    • Negotiated a 4-year, $11 million partnership between Intel and a regional foundation to train 2 million teachers
    • Developed a 4-year partnership worth $5 million for a client with the United Nations Development Program to create a yearly regional knowledge report
    • Convened main actors to create a quality of education initiative that would span 22 different countries at a regional roundtable on higher education quality
    • Developed and implemented a partnership strategy for the establishment of a scholarship initiative to enroll students in the first accredited online business degree
    • Formed partnerships with 20 regional publishing houses which led to the translation and publishing of over 600 books from nine different languages into Arabic and the publication of 50 books by new regional authors
    • Established a partnership between a private European foundation and Arab government institution to offer a regional program targeted at students and educators to increase interest in and to educate them on Nobel Prize winners and their achievements
    • Formed a partnership with Hewitt Associates to conduct the first-ever Best Employer in the Middle East survey, the largest employee research project ever conducted in the Arab region which drew participation from 200 senior business leaders in 8 countries