Meet The Team
With a degree in Business Information Technology, Adam specializes in the recruitment of contract and permanent professionals in the IT&T arena (Telecommunications, Applications, Infrastructure, Enterprise and Cloud).
With his in-depth knowledge of North Asian market, Adam prides himself in providing clients with the very best resources for their business. From the client’s viewpoint Adam has a natural ability to connect with clients and candidates, is considered to be highly consistent, trustworthy and often receives feedback commending him for his hands-on approach to all stages of the recruitment lifecycle.
Adam speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Senior Account Consultant
As part of the RPI Project Solutions team, Amy Li is an expert in swiftly identifying specialist local and international resources for some of RPI’s most prestigious ICT clients throughout APAC. Since starting with RPI in 2008 Amy has been fundamental in ensuring that her client’s projects are successful. Culturally sensitive, Amy excels in finding the right candidate for the right role, including technical and functional experts, for example: Project Directors, Digital Transformation Experts, Project and PMO Managers, Commercial Managers, SMEs and Business Analysts.
One of Amy’s highlights at RPI was partnering with a major Telecoms Service Provider and identifying 60 Senior Project Resources in less than 12 months. She is also 5 times winner of RPI annual Honors Club that’s awarded to RPI’s top performers.
With a Bachelor degree of Computer Science from National University of Singapore, Amy has been working within the IT & T recruitment industry since 2004. She has a very hands-on approach to all stages of the recruitment lifecycle and is a huge asset to the RPI Project Solutions team where she is often responsible for mentoring and teaching new team members on best practice research and delivery methods. Amy is also fluent in English and Mandarin.
“"Amy has great people skills. She gives expert advice and creates opportunities for her clients. Amy adapts according to the situation and requirements and is able to offer customized solutions for all parties. She has an excellent memory and gives attention to detail. I will definitely work with Amy again and have referred friends to work with her."”
Managing Consultant, EMEA
Andrew has 18 Years of IT Sales and Executive Search experience, all in the Telecommunications and Technology industries, having lived and worked in New York, Tokyo, London, and Dubai. Andrew leads our MEA Telecoms Executive Search team in Dubai, working primarily with Telecoms Operators to build their CxO leadership teams and help them attract difficult to find skill sets into and around the region. He has completed many searches for both Commercial and Technical functions. When he’s not engaged with Telecoms operators, he can be found on the beach in Dubai with his wife and two young boys.
“"Andrew and RPI have been a key part of our talent acquisition strategy for many years. They are able to provide us with a wide range of candidates from outside of the region for important strategic roles that we have a challenge filling through our own network. They understand the market well, and provide high quality candidates for each position. We look forward to our continued partnership.” ”
Senior Consultant HR Transformation
Andy is proud to work with some great companies ranging from top ftse 100 listed businesses to smaller start-ups across the UK and Europe. Some of my closest relationships were born through supplying talented niche individuals across the ERP and HR transformation across numerous sectors.
With over 5 years ERP contract recruitment experience, he is currently working within a team that drives towards success in a niche progressive market place. Through partnering with a variety of clients and ERP delivery partners, Andy is more than familiar with the demands that are required to become a successful contract recruitment adviser.
After working in both London and Zurich, he realised it’s important to be able to listen and communicate business needs dependent on what’s required. Turnaround time is paramount in the UKs & Europe’s dynamic market, therefore getting it right first time means commitment to best practices.
“I have worked with my consultant for the past few years in my capacity as a Director of a major international organisation, and as a private limited company providing ERP Programme Management. I myself have a very strong background in all ERP systems so I know the market and what I need. I am currently delivering two major programmes for a local authority that are seen by the government as critical. I have needed the support of Andy and the team at RP International in obtaining high calibre candidates from the ERP background. The ERP market is a niche Market so getting the right resource can be challenging. However I feel confident that Andy will source the correct candidates for me. Andy has a strong working knowledge of ERP candidates which are available with the exact skill sets, and he ensures that the candidates are a good match for the requirements. All of which this takes time and tenacity which he is prepared to undertake. He will ensure I receive the max number of CV’s I ask for each role giving me choice, he also ensures that my time and that the potential candidates is not wasted”
Managing Consultant, EMEA
Badr has over 8 years’ experience recruiting senior management professionals across a range of job areas in Media, Digital, Technology, Telecoms, Finance & Accounting, Banking & Insurance, Oil & Gas and Power Engineering. His multi-cultural background and fluency in 5 languages together with his dynamic communication enables him to open doors to Executive-level relationships and to provide the best recruitment service for his clients.
After earning a Master’s Degree in Business Engineering at the Solvay Business School in Belgium, Badr started his career in 2010 with Sthree in Brussels. He then moved to the UAE in 2016, before starting with RP International in Dubai in 2017.
He speaks French, Dutch, English, Spanish and Portugese fluently.
“"I have been working with Badr for the past 6 months. He is very efficient and provides an exceptional service. Badr, is friendly, approachable, helpful and understanding. He always demonstrates professionalism and passion in his work. I appreciate his quick response, efficiency and prompt follow-up. Badr has been very proactive and supportive throughout the recruitment process. Would be happy to recommend him to any of my colleagues without hesitation.” ”
Regional Director, ANZ & Pacific
As the Regional Director for ANZ and the Pacific, Chris focuses on providing strategic partnership to RPI’s clients in the region. Since relocating to New Zealand Chris has continued to work with clients in the Telecommunications and Broadcast Media sectors but has also developed a client base in the Electricity sector working with Generation, Distribution and Retail clients.
Chris previously served as Managing Director, APAC where he established RPI’s Singapore office in 2007 and guided the expansion of the business across the region with the creation of hub offices in Sydney, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
He then operated from Dubai, with a global remit focussing on senior leadership recruitment for the telecommunications industry.
Chris is another farming headhunter, living with his family on a small farm in NZ with an assortment of livestock and fruit trees. He is a keen Mountain Biker & Hockey Player and can generally be found hurtling down a downhill trail or dragging his ageing joints around an Astro Turf pitch.
To date Chris has a career spanning three continents. Chris began his Recruitment journey back in 2012 where he was based out of Düsseldorf, Germany. Here he spearheaded the technical recruitment towards market leading IT & Telecom clients. In early 2016 he made the migration to RPIs Singapore oﬃce. This saw him partnering with market leading clients in the Technology sector across South East Asia & Asia Paciﬁc (APAC/ANZ) to help them reach their digitalisation and transformative agendas. Fast forward to August 2018, Chris repatriated back to life in the UK overseeing Europe, CIS & Americas market. Present day Chris’ role sees him functioning within RPI’s Business Transformation team assisting bleeding edge technology companies to transform towards Digitalisation and the profound Industry 4.0 paradigm shift.
Chris’s passions outside of work stem from the music and graphic design industry. As a part time DJ he has performed at festivals across Australia, Singapore & Europe.
“"I worked with Chris to benchmark operating models for a Fortune 100 company aiming to move from a centralised to a federated organisation. Chris has deep telecom industry expertise, which spans from operational experience, enterprise technology strategy and implementation. With that he has the ability to ﬁnd the highest quality talent in a cost eﬀective manner to deliver projects within the recruitment life cycle. Sourcing candidates for contract, permanent and ﬁxed-term roles, closing projects to make sure the deliverables are met. I would recommend Chris for recruiting talent (from engineers to executive) to lead and execute corporate strategy and transformation initiative in complex organisations." ”
Head of Sales, UK & Europe
Dean has spent the last 15 years recruiting for the Telecoms and Emerging Technology markets across the globe. Having lived and worked in the UK, Malaysia, China, India and South Africa, and provided staffing services in over 100 Countries, he has an incredibly deep knowledge of the intricacy’s and challenges faced by organisations in identifying and retaining top talent.
Currently Dean heads RPI’s Business Transformation Practice which supports organisations through the 4th Industrial revolution, and working with a team of highly specialised recruiters, delivers a best in class recruitment service across; Transformation, Digitalisation, Telecoms, Broadcast Media, Data, Architecture, Cyber Security and ERP
“"I met Dean when I worked for Millicom group and I was very well surprised by the level of the candidates he presented to me for recruitment, for his business accumen, and for his ethical behaviour as a headhunter. He is extremely attentive for the company's needs, and in addition he takes care of his candidates. He is totally present in the whole recruitment process, it was a real pleasure to work with him, not just in Millicom, also in Huawei Technologies. And evidently I will continue to work with him." ”
Dominic Da Costa
Head of APAC – Project Solutions & Professional Services
Coming from a technical background and qualified with an MSci – Master’s degree in Physics from UCL in London, Dominic is able to demonstrate a high level of technical understanding within the markets that he operates. After Graduating from University, Dominic started his recruitment career in London before spending 3 years in Saudi Arabia, 4 years in Dubai and most recently over 4 years in Singapore.
All of Dominic’s recruitment experience has been successfully winning new business and supporting new customers within the Telecom & IT Markets. Dominic works with the Telecom Operators, Network Vendors, System Integrators, BSS Vendors, Management Consultancies and smaller Digital services companies mostly focused on Telco & Technology Markets.
He mostly supports Chief Information Officers CIOs, Chief Technology officers CTOs, Chief Digital Officers CDOs and Chief Marketing Officers CMOs on project related staffing & recruitment needs.
Dominic has successfully placed over 215 people over the last 4 years since relocating to Singapore and has placed over 250 people since joining RP International 5 years ago.
Geraldine is a Psychology graduate with over 10 years’ in recruitment specializing in Telecoms and Aviation. For the last six years’ she has been living and working in Dubai carrying out recruitment assignments across the region for a range of Telecoms operators, technology vendors and consultancies.
Geraldine has therefore developed significant regional expertise in identifying, interviewing and selecting candidates for Director and Management positions as well as subject manager experts for architecture, business analysis, integration, strategy, configuration, PMO and Project Management.
Within RPI, Geraldine has rapidly established a formidable reputation for her due diligence and speed with which she can map both the regional and international markets for suitable candidates enabling clients to have expedient access to the best expertise, usually with considerable Middle East and African experience.
Geraldine has a strong track record in placing candidates from all over the world into all positions across the above industries ranging from IT, Engineering, Sales & Marketing, Product Management, Finance, HR, Program Management, Networks and so on.
“"Geraldine offers wonderful insights, perspectives and advice on how to deploy effective job search strategies and tactics. She is an excellent resource for job searchers and those in career transition, a very dedicated, detailed, organized, responsive and helpful person"”
Managing Director, RPI Project Solutions
Graham is Managing Director for the RPI Project Solutions division of RP International, based in our Dubai office.
Graham has worked in the Telecommunications recruitment industry since 1998, initially with a London based recruiter. He has recruited at all levels of an organisation, across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. He has lived and worked in the Middle East since 2003, three years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and then in Dubai since 2006. Graham has substantial experience recruiting across the Middle East and Africa region, in particular within the UAE and GCC. Through this exposure to the MEA market he has developed a deep understanding of local laws and customs.
Project Solutions Consultant
Hala, originally from Jordan, studied Business Administration at the University of Jordan. She speaks Arabic and English fluently. Prior to joining RP International, Hala worked in HR at Zain in Jordan for 7 years. Her recruitment and Organisational Development skills from that role have transitioned perfectly into RPI.
Since moving to Dubai and joining RPI in 2018, Hala has been working on both Permanent and Contract Recruitment for UAE and Saudi Arabia across Financial Services and Telecoms markets. She has enjoyed developing and managing a global network of varied resources and loves working in a multicultural environment focused on learning and growth.
Outside of the office she can be found in the gym or reading about healthy food.
Harry joined RP International in January 2019 and has already developed an extensive network of clients and technology professionals. He is proud to work with fantastic organisations ranging from top ftse 100 listed companies to smaller start-ups across Europe. Working closely with such established brands, Harry has gained significant expertise in identifying, interviewing and selecting highly skilled professionals for senior and executive level positions, as well as SME’s for architecture, business analysis and ERP Implementations.
Now a member of Europe’s HR Transformation team, Harry is responsible for the Oracle practice here at RP International. Through partnering with a variety of clients and ERP delivery partners, he has become familiar with the demands and pressures of this sector. He has already seen success with his initial foray into this new market.
Harry studied History at the University of Reading and continues to have a keen interest in the area. Outside of work he enjoys reading and is an avid Chelsea supporter.
Group Head of IT, Data and Telecoms
Heidi is the Group Head of IT, Data and Telecoms at RP International. She joined RPI in 2015 and is responsible for the management of the company’s systems and technologies and the suppliers who assist in their support and maintenance.
Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems from the University of the West of England in Bristol, Heidi is an experienced CRM specialist and IT, data and telecoms management and administration professional with a natural aptitude for technology. Having spent 11 years in database administration and management and CRM roles at Middlesex University and Bird & Bird LLP before joining RPI, Heidi has been integral in the transformation of RPI’s legacy technologies to meet the evolving global technical needs of the business.
Heidi enjoys travelling and working at RPI has given her the opportunity to visit Singapore, Dubai, India and Australia. Outside of travel, she is a tech enthusiast and is often an early adopter of the latest mobile phones, computers and tablets.
Consultant - Data & Analytics
Hugh has been with the business for over 2 years, specialising in placing highly skilled technology professionals into major transformation programmes across the UK & Europe. Hugh was a key part of a retained campaign with a major British automotive company earlier this year, where he was responsible for benchmarking salaries, determining the new site location and networking with the best local talent, acting as an ambassador for the organisation whilst living and working onsite.
This summer, Hugh was selected to represent a Global leader in the out-of-home advertising space, specifically by supporting an initiative to increase the number of women in technology leadership roles. He is passionate about addressing inequity in the workplace and maintains close connections with directors from the WITT (Women in Technology & Telecommunications) network. The WITT network is 1500 women strong and holds monthly events to educate, share experiences, and provide solutions for women in the tech space. The number of women in technology remains at only 17% across the UK and Hugh is continuing to partner with several clients to change this.
Outside of work Hugh is a keen sportsman with a particular interest in Cricket; he continues to play at a high standard having previously captained his county and club teams from a young age. Hugh is young, driven and passionate about further building long-term relationships and his network.
““Hugh could not have been more pro-active and professional, with frequent updates given to me in such a friendly manner. He went above and beyond in my opinion to help me find my current role.” ”
Client Partner, Cyber Security
With relentless focus and dedication, James edges ever closer to fulfilling his ambition of becoming a professional golfer when he grows up….. Simultaneously; and with the same focus and dedication, he has spent the last 11 years fine tuning his recruitment skills delivering at the highest levels internationally. With 8 of his 11 years recruitment experience spent exclusively within the cyber security arena, he has supported the world’s leading cyber security vendors, consultancies, SI’s, and FTSE 100 organisations across the globe by identifying and securing their most valuable assets – people.
As our Head of Practice for Cyber Security, James believes unequivocally that providing human capital demands a human centric focus. This mantra has allowed him to build a global network of industry specific leaders to fully understand the cyber security landscape and the commercial objectives of his clients, and apply human solutions to those needs. With a consultative and knowledge driven approach, he has supported numerous global expansion plans, market entries, and cyber security transformation projects across the globe with an emphasis on leadership roles.
Renowned for his ability to execute on a variety of recruitment models and services, he covers executive search, project solutions, and contingency recruitment; with complimentary analysis and advisory skills in the areas of mapping, recruitment process, compensation, organisational structure, and market entry.
For James, delivering best in class total recruitment solutions is “par for the course”.
““We use James to deliver our Information Security needs because his speed to hire is exceptional. In many cases we require interim contractor solutions, and he has the network and the knowledge to deliver quickly and effectively.””
Jean-Pierre Le Roux
Jean-Pierre has been working in a research capacity within the RP International organisation since 2011 and during this time he has developed strong domain knowledge of the Telecoms industry through his support of numerous successful searches for senior executive talent for both group level and individual operator positions.
He has worked on retained assignments, contingent searches, and also interim executive positions covering the various silos of a telecoms operator including General Management, Commercial, Technical, IT, Finance and Procurement.
Jean-Pierre has a Diploma in Advertising Management from Varsity College in South Africa. His professional working experience began as a Trade Marketing Executive working with international brands in South Africa. He held the Trade Marketing role for over three years’ before deciding to relocate to Dubai in order to join the RP International organisation.
Regional Director, Asia
As Regional Director of RP International Asia, Jeremy is responsible for an experienced multi-national team based out of Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. As a member of the senior management team Jeremy believes in leading from the front continuing to win business for his team as well as working closely with his existing client base striving to deliver on the group’s vision; ‘to be the partner of choice for leaders who drive transformation globally.’
Joining RPI UK in 2006, Jeremy partnered with EMEA leaders from Service Providers, System Integrators and Vendors to build program teams for high profile Transformation initiatives. Transferring to Singapore with his family in 2010, Jeremy quickly replicated this success by winning and supporting prestigious Digital Transformation and Network Modernisation programs in addition to building and mentoring high-performing Sales & Delivery teams who continue to provide world-class talent across all three core service areas.
Jeremy is a keen follower of many sports and enjoys playing golf. He has also participated in an 800km charity cycle ride for the past two years across Indochina raising money for ‘HOPE for Cambodian Children’ of which RPI is a sponsor.
John specialises in the provision of Telecoms, digital & enterprise IT professionals in support of major delivery programmes, including start up’s, Greenfield implementations, integrations, managed services and business consulting.
Engaging at executive and management level with multinational clients including, operators, integrators, vendors and consulting firms, John has deployed expert consultants and teams of resources to both start-up operations and complex transformation projects worldwide.
With more than 20 years’ technology and Telecoms staffing experience, his unique knowledge of moving resources across Europe, North / Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America affords John a strong cultural awareness and extensive knowledge of compliance, logistics and taxation.
John has earned an excellent reputation within the Telecoms community and as Managing Consultant, part of RP International’s digital project consulting division. John has successfully grown and spearheaded the International BSS Product team which concentrates on converged / digital OSS and BSS applications.
““John has a very distinguished track record of working with many of the world’s leading TMT companies in both the developed and emerging markets. He excels at identifying and securing the industry’s top talent to assist in the implementation of numerous large scale, multi location projects. His network of SME Consultants is unrivalled and the speed and accuracy with which he can mobilise them always has a very positive impact on timely and cost-effective delivery.””
Managing Client Partner EMEA
John’s accomplishments in sourcing, selecting, and embedding transformative executives, who fit, grow, deliver and stay are well reputed. John is well known for his work leading the global talent acquisition and leadership development at Etisalat Group. In this role, he hired Chief Officers into all of Etisalat’s operations across Asia, Africa and Middle East. He also grew the group team, building from scratch the group digital, finance, commercial, legal, regulatory and performance management teams and making strategically important hires into other functions. In addition, he led Leadership Development, succession planning and talent assessment across the global footprint. Prior to Etisalat he spent a decade in executive search with notable firms including RPI. John has published articles on the technology sector and is a judging panel member for the 2017 and 2018 CommsMea Telecoms Awards. John re-joined RPI in 2018 from a global top 10 executive search firm, where he headed up TMT across the MEA Region.
John holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Modern Languages from the University of Sheffield and an MBA from the University of Hertfordshire. He is certified as an Assessor by the British Psychological Society and the European Federation of Psychologists. He has also completed executive education programmes at Ashridge Business School and Wharton.
Jukka is a senior recruitment professional with 19 years of international experience and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Newcastle in Australia.
He began his recruitment career in Sydney in 2000 and has since lived and worked in London, Helsinki and Dubai.
He has been a valued recruitment partner for numerous clients across Australia, Asia and EMEA.
Jukka has worked across both Banking and Financial Services as well as non FS sector clients over the years covering a wide range of Banking, Audit, Risk and Finance positions.
Currently based in Dubai, Jukka joined RP in 2019 and is working as Client Partner specializing in Banking & Financial Services sector mandates. These include all front and middle office positions across Banking, Private Equity and Asset Management as well as senior level Finance and IT positions.
Born in the UK, partially raised in Asia, Julian started in recruitment addressing the IT needs of major banks immediately after he graduated from Liverpool University.
He founded RP International with his partners in 1998 and having been instrumental in RPI’s expansion across Latam, Europe and AsiaPac he relocated to Dubai in 2009 to diversify and transform the MEA operations and has been the regional CEO since then.
Julian has steered RPI and its MEA clients through ever-changing and complex regional issues. He works hard to understand the prevailing geopolitical issues and diverse cultures as MEA countries adopt digital strategies to transform their economies and enhance the emerging regional talent. He stops at nothing to provide his clients and candidates with an accurate understanding of the regional commercial landscape. This has included throwing himself out of a plane and free falling from 13000 ft above Dubai just to take a birds-eye holistic view.
“I am blessed with truly the very best recruitment team in Dubai and in spite of my input they have done the most amazing job diversifying RPI MEA from just telecoms into all industry sectors embracing agile Digital Transformation for monetized customer centricity” – he will modestly quip in interviews for regional radio and at industry conventions.
As a Researcher of RPI, Kacey is based in New Zealand and is responsible for supporting the Regional Director, APAC on the executions of assignments across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Kacey joined RPI in 2017 shortly after relocating from the US. She has supported numerous successful executive-level assignments across the Asia Pacific region.
Kacey received a BA in Digital Media in 2010 from the University of Colorado and since joining RPI has successfully supported Chris Baker on many executive assignments throughout the APAC region.
Kathleen Banas Flores
Specialist APAC Pay and Bill
Kath is our Payroll & Billing Specialist based out of our RP International Singapore office. She’s known as “Super Kathy” due to her juggling skills of performing 3 main functions; pay & bill, compliance and credit control. This involves timely payment of our freelance contractors across 10 countries, client billing & credit control, as well as ensuring that client and contractor agreements are in compliance to several factors, such as group terms and specific country labour law and taxes.
Kath graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Major in Economics) from one of the elite schools in the Philippines, Dela Salle University. Her first role after graduating was with Accenture where she became an experienced Operations & Account Manager. She also had exposure on ISO and OPEX tools that helped her manage over 220+ contractors while working for Accenture. Kath then had the opportunity to jet off to the Middle East where she became the Pay & Bill Manager for 500+ resources for 4 years as well as meeting her now husband before jetting back East to Singapore.
Kath enjoys expanding her knowledge and working in RPI which continues to give her the opportunity to upskill on issues such as tax and compliance (AML/KYC/CDD). If she’s not crunching numbers and legal terms, she enjoys doing volunteer work, traveling, dining out, and cooking.
Laura is a Marketing Expert with many years’ experience of running fully integrated multi-faceted Marketing Campaigns for large multinational Tech/IT Companies including RSA Security, EMC and Nortel Networks. She believes it’s important for all Marketing activity to have clear objectives and be measurable and ultimately support business and sales objectives. Living in the UAE with her family, outside of work she can be found doing Pilates, walking by the beach or sitting by the pool either watching the kids swim for their squad or relaxing with a good book.
Group Head of People
Lidia is the Group Head of People at RP International. Having joined the team in 2018, she is responsible for strategic development and senior management of RP International’s growing human resources function, leading recruitment, retention and development of all employees as well as expanding company culture. As a part of the senior management team, Lidia also provides operational strategic support to the Board.
Lidia began her career in the recruitment sector in 2011 within compliance. As a qualified HR professional and member of CIPD, she brings expertise in talent acquisition management, diversity, reward and recognition, and organisational and professional development to help RP International grow and thrive. Lidia has also had broad involvement in the operational side of the business, by leading CRM projects and working closely with senior leadership on various business strategies primarily within the medical recruitment sector.
Originally from Poland with a master’s degree in teaching, Lidia still does some ad hoc teaching (Polish as a foreign language). She loves dance and used to be in a professional folklore dance group. Yoga and gym help her balance out the fast paced life of being in a recruitment consultancy and each year tries to visit new & undiscovered countries known to her.
Lorenzo has over 5 years of hands-on recruitment and business development experience working in sectors like Oil and Gas, IT, Aviation and now in Telecommunications in both Contract and Permanent segments. Lorenzo has a Master’s Degree in Marketing Management from a Business school in Mumbai and has a flair for writing and copywriting articles related to researched industries.
With a BSc in Business Administration and Mscin Strategic Marketing, Maitrayee has been working within Asia Pacific recruitment sector since 2013. Prior to moving to Malaysia, she was based in the UK for six years. Maitrayee has managed complex sales processes and oversees the entire recruiting process.
With her diverse client and candidate networks and in-depth knowledge of the Asian market, Maitrayee prides herself in providing clients with the very best resources for their business. From the client’s viewpoint Maitrayee has a natural ability to connect with her clients, is considered to be highly consistent, trustworthy and often receives feedback commending her for her comprehensiveness throughout the end-to-end hiring process.
Mercorita Del Rosario
Working as a Researcher on RPI’s Aviation team, Mercorita focuses on both IT and Commercial roles at all levels of her clients business.
A Psychology graduate and originally from the Philippines, Mercorita has been based in the UAE for the past 13 years. Having worked in Recruitment and Talent Acquisition for 20+ years, she has extensive knowledge and experience recruiting across the Middle East in many industries and is well-versed in local laws and customs.
A passionate recruitment professional, Mercorita is a trusted advisor to both clients and candidates, and has successfully placed candidates at all levels (C Level through to Junior). Working as a Researcher on RPI’s Aviation team, Mercorita specializes in both IT and Commercial specialism across all levels of the business.
Client Partner, UK & Europe
Mike has worked in the ICT recruitment business for 25 years and has developed an extensive international network of technology professionals through his time living and working in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the US.
He is a Client Partner at RP International overseeing several high profile accounts which involves working alongside the client in order to gain in-depth knowledge of their business strategy, operational structure and cultural values; thus providing creative and workable solutions to today’s talent finding challenges.
Currently based in London, Mike is working with the telco operators, vendors and system integrators throughout Europe, CIS and Eurasia. He is an experienced, credible, knowledgeable resource adviser providing C-Suite Executives, Programme Leadership, Project Management, and technical Subject Matter Experts enabling organisations to progress through their transformational journeys.
““From the first meeting until present day it always a pleasure working with Mike. His professionalism, down to earth and honest approach is a refreshing change. Mike is a dedicated professional who is able to understand the balance between the needs of the client and the requirements of the business he works for, his ability to translate this in his work is what makes him excel as a partner to any business. I would highly recommend working with Mike.” ”
Senior Account Consultant - Project Solutions
Mothi’s passion towards technology recruitment comes from his Mechanical engineering degree and his keen interest on learning advanced technologies. He began his recruitment journey in 2010 where he was based at Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore. He led a team of recruiters supporting technical recruitment for leading eCommerce companies, Banks & Fortune 500 enterprises.
In late 2013, he moved to Doha, Qatar to be the in-house recruiter for Vodafone supporting them on both technical and non-technical recruitment. This gave him a deep insight on needs of a customer from an internal stand point. He then moved to Singapore in mid-2015 and started working for RPI Singapore office. This move had him partnering with leading technology companies, telecom operators across Asia Pacific region. He is responsible for the research and delivery to RPI’s APAC clients.
His clients see him as a partner than a technical recruiter! He is also an avid photographer with interest in portraits and landscapes.
Murielle joined RP International in 2018. She has a love of IT & Design with a degree in Multimedia Arts and Digital Communication, but she’s particularly passionate about combining this expertise into Recruitment.
With her increasing network in Industry 4.0, Murielle has a keen interest in Banking and Telecoms clients undergoing Digital Transformation. She is always on the lookout for technology and technical professionals and is increasingly exploring the business professionals inside her clients.
Outside the office you will find her studying Data Science for fun, learning a new language, or volunteering online for the United Nations.
Murielle speaks English, Tagalog, Japanese and Korean.
Niel joined RPI in 2014 to be part of the UAE Telco Team as a Researcher. He brought with him 12 years of work experience, including 8 years in the UAE Market. He spent 2.5 years in banking recruitment and has been instrumental in placing notable C level roles, alongside other operational roles. He has extensive experience working on GCC nationalization recruitment campaign drives (Saudian, Omani and Emirati).
Niel holds a degree in Computer Science from University of the Philippines and supports contract and permanent positions across telecommunications & aviation domains in Middle East and Africa.
For the past 3 years, Niel has placed notable digital transformation professionals that spearhead the implementation of ecommerce platforms including but not limited to SAP Hybris, Oracle ATG and Mulesoft, as well as other software platforms and life cycle development technologies & methodologies such as GE Predix, DevOps, DevSecOps, Agile/Scrum, MS Dynamics AX and EPIC.
““I have had the pleasure of working with Niel Simpas for a job placement opportunity. Niel has been a thorough professional throughout the recruitment process. He utilizes his exceptional interpersonal skills to communicate every step of the process and manages expectations effectively. He is excellent with his response times for any queries that the job candidates might have. He contributes towards seamless change so that the candidates can settle well in their jobs. Niel would be an asset to any organization with his positive approach towards his role.””
Palak has over 7 years of recruitment experience based in both UAE and India. She has extensive experience in sourcing and recruiting at all levels in both permanent and contract across the Middle East region.
Originally from India, Palak moved to UAE in 2015 after completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. As a recruitment professional, Palak takes pride in ensuring that the right people are found for the roles that she is working on.
She is a part of the RP Aviation team and is tasked with delivering complex transformation programmes for clients who seek to embrace IOT and innovative/disruptive technology strategies.
Palak joined RP in 2019 and speaks English, Hindi and Gujrati fluently.
Paul has more than 20 years of commercial experience in leadership positions working for Mobile Network Operators and specialist recruitment firms. Over this time he has acquired valuable knowledge of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications industries and has formed lasting trusted relationships with a global network of high calibre executives.
As Client Partner covering the Asia region, Paul is a trusted advisor to his clients often creating bespoke Executive Search solutions for Investors and Boards of Directors as they seek more flexibility, speed and efficiency. Paul’s experience encompasses Executive Search, Market Mapping, Compensation & Benefits advisory and Competency-based interviewing.
Paul’s key clients include Mobile Network Operators & Vendors, Fintech start-ups, OTT companies and top tier Management Consultancies. Paul’s consultative approach has proven to add value to client’s that benefit from his bird’s eye view of the markets in the APAC region. Originally from the United Kingdom, Paul lives in Singapore and travels across the Asia Pacific region partnering with clients.
Commercial & Technology leadership hiring for Telecommunications & Digital Services Providers.
“"RPI has helped us at the most appropriate time when our company needed to enhance our technical management team. They did a global search, led by Paul Clayson. Their network and research team is extensive that they have provided us with a CTO in two months and they have delivered to us multiple executives including a Chief Procurement Officer, SVP & Head PMO, SVP Network Operations, SVP Network Build, VP Network Optimisation and VP Contract Management. The after sales service that they provide is highly personalised. They keep in touch with their successful placements and make sure that they are adjusting effectively into their new role and environment. I appreciate the partnership & support that they provide."”
An MBA graduate and originally from India, Rajni moved to Dubai, UAE in 2013. She joined RP International in 2019. She has 10 years of extensive professional experience in full life cycle IT and Telecom recruitment. Having worked in both permanent and contract recruitment, she has experience of managing a global network of varied resources.
A passionate and proactive recruitment professional, she believes in developing and managing open communication among management, clients and candidates.
Rajni’s currently focused on the research and delivery of Aviation clients for RP International. She speaks English, Hindi and Punjabi fluently.
Principal, North Asia
A seasoned recruitment professional in the IT&T arena, Raziel is focused on mid to senior executive level hiring in Telecommunications/ IT/ Data/ Cloud/ Emerging Technologies. As well as servicing his local clients he also specialises in international deployments and expat contract engagements.
Recently joining RPI to re-establish the Hong Kong office, Raziel is experienced in managing recruitment operations in different regions, strong in driving results by coaching and mentoring team members as well as devising recruitment strategies to ensure ultimate customer satisfaction.
Known for developing and delivering innovative bespoke solutions for both clients and candidates, Raziel understands the needs and challenges that both parties face and brings value with his deep market knowledge to ensure the very best outcome. Raziel speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
““It has been a great pleasure to work with Raziel as he is a real professional, has deep knowledge and experience in his domain, willing to go the extra mile to make things happen, pays attention to details and can work with people at all levels." ”
Senior Account Consultant
Originally from the Philippines, Ren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology. Ren is a specialist recruiter with 10 years+ of industry experience across a wide array of Technology (Applications, Infrastructure, Enterprise Apps, Cloud and Visualisation across APAC.
Currently focused on recruiting mid-senior technology professionals within the TMT space for both new and established clients which includes Tier 1 Telecom Operators, Software & Network Vendors, Payment Companies, Consultancies and System Integrators. Typical assignments worked on include both retained and non-retained searches for Telecom Operators, Vendors and IT Solutions companies, placing Sales Leaders, Client Partners, Technology Subject Matter Experts, Program and Project Managers.
“"I used to work with Ren on positions opened in my teams and I could only highlight Ren’s strong care about understanding of the positions she is working on, not only the skills, but also my expectations, the company culture matching with the profile, and she always tailored the list of candidates to what I was looking for. Ren is a great talent acquisition professional, always trying to keep the balance between customer care and candidate support through our recruitment process."”
Rico obtained a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration and for over 10 years ran the gamut from Recruitment, Outsourcing to Search & Selection. His industries include Banking, Financial Services, Retail, Manufacturing, Automotive, Property/Real Estate and now venturing into Aviation. He has successfully placed C-Level to junior level roles across the Middle East Region.
Before moving to UAE, he used to be a Quality Assurance Associate from an Outsourcing Company in the Philippines managing US-based clients. His role was to manage a team of Telesales Agent by providing extensive proper call handling and thorough feedback.
Robert Graham Bryce
Director, Executive Search
Now based in Nairobi, Robert is supporting the further development of RPI’s activities in SSA. Robert specialises in the placement of senior executives in the Telecoms and Enterprise IT Solutions sector, worldwide and has over 18 years’ experience of executive search experience in the telecommunications and enterprise IT markets.
Focusing on the global telecommunications market from his base in London, Robert conducts C-level and Director level assignments across the functional range in the UK, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS, Turkey, North America and Latin America.
He has lived and worked for many years abroad, in Paris, Milan and San Francisco and is trilingual in English, French and Italian with a working knowledge of German and Spanish. From his point of view, Operators who rapidly embrace OTT and applications technologies and partners, along with those who position themselves as attractive to candidates from those environments, will be the ones who survive in the long term.
Chief Operating Officer
Following a short service commission in the Army, Rory’s career in the recruitment sector has extended over 25 years covering multiple industry sectors & regions. He spent his first 12 years with a large, listed, international corporate, initially specialising in Investment Banking Technology, providing institutions with the senior interim talent to drive transformation.
In the last 10 years Rory has gained significant exposure to other industry sectors, notably within Oil & Gas and the broader energy markets across EMEA and North America. He has launched, grown and managed numerous businesses across the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, US, Canada, the Middle East & Africa.
As COO, although Rory’s priorities are more operational, he consistently takes a keen interest in key client relationships maintaining tight frameworks around account development and campaign delivery.
Rory lives with his family in Newmarket, Suffolk and when he’s not in the office, or travelling with work, he’s active at home with horses, dogs, various farm animals… and his children!
Research Consultant - Executive Search
With more than 20 years of human resource management experience working for multinational companies across multiple industries and specialist recruitment firms, Sheila adds value to the recruitment processes through her knowledge of the telecommunications, technology, media, manufacturing and other industries. Having worked in multiple countries, Sheila has built a strong global network of high caliber professionals.
Sheila’s experience encompasses Executive Search, Market and Talent Mapping, Candidate Management and Competency based interviewing
““I've worked pretty closely with Sheila Lorenzo for an overseas opportunity in Enterprise Sales (B2B) for one of the telecom operator based out of Myanmar. Sheila is a thorough professional who supported me from the beginning & till the end of the recruitment process. She even followed up during the on boarding process and ensured that entire recruitment & on boarding experience was good and at ease. Her support and clarifications during the compensation negotiations were excellent. She is a methodical, organized & skilled recruiter with very strong follow ups and I strongly recommend her for all overseas clients and candidates. Wishing her Good Luck!!“”
Originally from India, Shweta has a Masters in Human Resource Management. She has been working in-house and onsite at clients for 8 years, supporting technical recruitment for leading Banks, Telecommunications Operators & Vendors, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace and Fortune 500 enterprises. She has extensive experience in talent mapping, sourcing, recruiting and human resources practices across all levels and in both permanent and contract hires.
As a recruitment professional, Shweta takes pride in ensuring that the right people are found for the roles that she is working on. Always bringing 100% consistency and effort to the table, Shweta builds strong long term relationships with clients and candidates.
Client Partner, Global Aviation
With 20 years’ recruitment experience, eight years based in the UK and 12 years based with RPI in its Dubai offices, Stuart leads the Group Aviation recruitment practice. Stuart has been responsible for recruiting in excess of 500 aviation Executives, Managers, Project Specialists and SMEs across airlines, airports, aviation systems integrators and vendors in the US, Europe, MEA and APAC.
Managing and leading a team of aviation consultants and researchers, offering an unrivalled knowledge of availability and accessibility of aviation resource globally and providing clients with the fastest route to market for every resource need.
Stuart tailors his resource solutions and interrogates diverse sources of expertise as well as more traditional talent pools from other airlines, their vendors and integration partners.
Stuart has an acute understanding of the increasing pressure on airlines to maximize revenues from passengers and get the optimum ROI from IT. Stuart’s team resources to deliver complex transformation programmes as clients seek to embrace IOT and innovative / disruptive technology strategies. Such expertise is now coming from other industry sectors as well as traditional sources of other aviation clients.
Retail, Banks, FMCG and Telecoms have all proved to be rich sources of talent for arguably more advanced strategies for customer acquisition and retention, mobility, cyber security, cloud strategies, analytics and data sciences, and IOT-based technology solutions.
Chief Executive Officer
Stuart is the Lead Client Partner at RP International having co-founded the business in 1998. Stuart specialises in helping technology start-ups build operations from scratch and more established clients thrive in times of transformation, enter new markets & translate innovation to commercial success.
Stuart is experienced in identifying the international leadership and subject matter expert talent required to deliver on major strategic initiatives across Europe, MEA and APAC regions. He works regularly with CEO, CTO, CDO & CHRO positions to build additional capability into the leadership itself, appointing world-class Directors with the required expertise and competitive market experience to add tangible value in rapidly evolving markets.
While Stuart spent the first 15 years of his career almost exclusively within the communications industry, in the last decade he also supports major technology driven transformation programmes across the media, aviation and automotive worlds addressing the challenges of the OTT suppliers and the opportunities of IoT, Big Data & Analytics, CX & Omni channel commerce.
Stuart lives in Hampshire, England although travels extensively. He is a keen follower of most sports, particularly Rugby and Cricket, and despite his size and age, has completed the Marathon des Sables 2019 for charity.
Group Head of Finance
Tinder is the Group Head of Finance at RP International and has worked in the recruitment sector for over 20 years. Having joined the team in 2015, she is responsible for the day to day management of the finance team and operational activities of the business. As a part of the senior management team, Tinder provides operational strategic support to the Board.
Having qualified as an accountant in 2001 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Finance and Accounting and having worked for large and small organisations, Tinder brings a wealth of experience relating to the recruitment sector. She has been involved in mergers/acquisitions and a listing on the AIM. In addition, Tinder has significant experience working in various regions including UK, Ireland, Europe, APAC, Middle East and the USA.
Tinder lives in Ealing, West London with her young family, when she’s not looking after them she is a keen runner and tries to train as frequently as possible.
Tony started his recruitment career with RP international nearly 20 years ago partnering with telecom operators, vendors and consulting firms as they addressed the de-regulation of the Global Telecoms market where huge investments were made across their IT Billing & CRM systems especially in Asia, Australia/NZ & Europe.
After returning to RPI after a 10 year gap, Tony maintained his international focus this time working with high profile organisations as they drive Transformation change across their business in particular across their HR platforms with Digital HR Transformation products such as SuccessFactors & Workday.
Passion for sport in particular with cycling and football and currently manage the under 18s of my local football club Sutton United who I have supported from the terraces as a young boy.
Business Support Executive
Zeila (Z) is based out of our Singapore office and is our super-efficient Business Support Executive. She started her career in 2013 and most of this has been spent in recruitment as a PA and in Contract/Admin Management. At RP International, Z supports day to day operations, contract administration for our 100 freelance consultants across APAC, Regional HR function, and also plans exciting social events for the APAC team.
Away from the office Z enjoys yoga and is an avid solo traveler who has recently discovered the joy of trekking. Her latest achievement outside of work is trekking in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal, a goal she set herself for 2019. Mount Everest next Z?