Meet The Team
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 is obviously an experienced international contract recruitment consultant as the relevance of CV’s submitted (skills and culturally) for the different locations were well prequalified and I also felt assured that the candidates would be fully compliant in the countries that they would end up working in. The ratio of CV’s sent that made it to interview stage through to candidates that we hired was excellent."”
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. Andrew has 16 years of executive search experience, having started his search career in Tokyo, working with western technology companies looking for leadership for local operations. His prior search experience includes nine years in Japan, two years in London, and he joined our Dubai office in 2014. Andrew has a degree in Business, Management Information Systems from Ohio University. When he’s not engaged with the 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.” ”
With over 14 years of International recruitment industry experience, specialising primarily in the Telecommunications Sector, Anthony has worked in the emerging and established markets servicing international vendors, mobile network operators and professional services companies in the telecommunications space. Throughout his career he has successfully grown his network, working with and placing telecoms professionals at all levels from engineering to c-suite.
Anthony has a solid understanding of the recruitment industry practice, expressing a consultative approach to both clients and candidates. His strongest attributes are his inter-personal and communication skills when building professional relationships.
“I've been in the consultant/contractor business for over twenty years now and I have to say that seldom I found an agent that works so hard and efficiently and takes so much care of his clients as Anthony does. Both at professional and personal levels he is one of the few agents I´ve worked with. I fully recommended him without hesitations.”
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
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 where he successfully worked his way through different company brands and offices. He then moved to the UAE in 2016, before starting with RPI in Dubai 18 months later. He has over 8 years’ experience recruiting senior management professionals in markets such as Finance & Accounting, Banking & Insurance, Oil & Gas and Power Engineering. His multi-cultural background and fluency in 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.
360 degree functions in Telecoms, Media, Digital & Technology environment. Hiring talent in Digital, Marketing, Sales, Analytics, Legal & Regulatory, Network, IT, Finance.
Telecom, Media & Technology in Europe, Middle East and North Africa (specific focus on Francophone countries).
“"I have known RPI since 2013. RPI has a strong market reputation with a professional team that really knows and understands IT and technology. My recent collaboration with RPI led me to a VP position in Etisalat Group, and is a fine example of how to mediate and support a recruitment process, to achieve the best result to the candidate and recruiting company. This is added value.
The recruitment process was led by Badr Khafif and he is responsible to place me in such a relevant position for my career. Badr provided background information on the company and key people, prepared briefing meetings before and after the interviews, mediated the negotiation process and finalized by making sure I am well settled in Abu Dhabi. Additionally, the fact that Badr knows Portuguese, my mother language, also helped to ease the communication. A five star process from Badr Khafif, very professional, from A to Z." ”
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.
Senior Consultant - Project Solutions
Chris began his Recruitment journey back in 2012 where he was based out of Düsseldorf, Germany. Here he spearheaded the technical recruitment towards major IT & Telecom clients. In early 2016 he made the migration to RPIs Singapore oﬃce as a Consultant. This saw him partnering with market leading clients in the Technology sector across South East Asia & Asia Paciﬁc (ASEAN/APAC/ANZ) to help them reach their digitalisation and transformative agendas. Fast forward to August 2018 and Chris has repatriated back to life in the UK as a Senior Consultant overseeing the European & CIS market. His role sees him functioning within RPI’s Business Transformation team assisting technology companies to transform towards the inevitable Industry 4.0.
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 Practice, Business Transformation, 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 3 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.
Associate Consultant - Project Solutions
When between customer sites and the office, Edward can be found playing rugby. He captains the 3rd XV at his club. There are many similarities between recruitment and rugby which have helped him excel in both. He has developed the ability to think clearly whilst under pressure to deliver results.
As an Associate Consultant, Edward has a customer centric approach when it comes to delivery for key projects across EMEA. Providing tailored project solutions within Enterprise, Business and IT Transformations, which allows the quick deployment of regional & international resources, within given time frames and budget.
Working with an ever-maturing network of individuals within the IT & Telecommunications industry with a focus on the BSS/OSS areas (CRM / Billing / BI) across the EMEA, specialising in supporting major transformation projects throughout the Technology industries. Edward’s focus is providing both SME’s to Tier 1 Operators, vendors and SI’s, as well as working on senior permanent contingent recruitment.
“"Edward was my contact from RP Internationl on a recent contract. I found him to be extremely pleasant, competent, a gentleman and very attentive. He regularly contacted me to make sure everything was going well with my contract. If I had any questions or queries, he made sure he kept me informed and updated about the situation and about the progress. I thoroughly enjoyed dealing with Edward and would be very happy to deal with him again in the future."”
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 working as Managing Director for 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 lived and worked in the Middle East since 2003, three years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and in Dubai since 2006. Graham has substantial experience recruiting across the Middle East and Africa region, in particular within the UAE and GCC.
Graham has recruited at all levels of an organisation, across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Having lived and worked in the Middle East for the past 13 years he brings considerable understanding of local laws and customs.
Consultant - IT & Technology Transformations
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.
““I engaged with RP International in 2017 and Hugh specifically. From the onset of our communication Hugh was super professional, very friendly, was very engaging and his follow up was the most professional I have experienced with recruiters. He has a very personable approach and is clearly committed to what he does and his reputation. I have and will continue to recommend Hugh to my colleagues and contacts. I look forward to working with him again and strongly endorse his skills and talent in the recruitment arena.” ”
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”.
““As a US based start-up we needed a partner to help establish ourselves in Europe quickly following a recent round of investment. With James and RP International we felt confident we could acquire the localised knowledge needed to positon our leaders in key strategic regions and accelerate our growth.””
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 is known within the organisation for rigorously applying a systematic approach to his searches ensuring each process reaches a successful conclusion and the ideal candidate is identified. He has the ability to be able to dig in and attract talent and qualify / guide them through complex package negotiations to save client time and ensure best chance of success in hiring process etc.
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.
Jonny is an experienced Senior Consultant within the Architecture Practice, who brings knowledge and experience across multiple sectors such as Automotive, Retail and Government. Jonny has worked with a number of organisations within the FTSE 100 to support the development of their Architecture function with positions varying from Solution Architect to Head of Architecture.
““Jonny brings a strong technical understanding of Architecture and provides a strong portfolio of candidates that he has built strong relationships and trust with.””
With over 8 years of technical and commercial recruitment experience, Jude is known for his strategic and result-oriented nature. His in-depth understanding of his client’s businesses has enabled him to provide bespoke recruitment services to both his clients and candidates.
Jude’s diverse client and candidate network in the APAC region has enabled him to partner with transformation leaders who are meeting the demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Jude adds value through his access to senior experts that possess in-demand emerging technology skills across multiple sectors.
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.
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 tier 2 B – school in Mumbai and has a flair for writing and copywriting articles related to researched industries.
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 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.” ”
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.
Niel joins RPI in 2014 to be part of Dubai Telco Team as a Researcher. He brings with him his 12 years of working experiences, including 8 years in the UAE Market. He spends 2.5 years in banking recruitment and been instrumental in placing notable C level roles, among others with highlights 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, Mulesoft among others, 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.
““From the moment Niel called me for an opportunity he was proactive, reassuring, encouraged me to apply, believed in me and guided me throughout each round of interview with useful tips, after each round of interview, he would call and provide feedback which was very helpful.
I highly recommend working or contacting Niel for a role, he's very talented, smart and ensures the candidate is very well prepared for interviews. I look forward to working with Niel on new projects going forward in Dubai for the foreseeable future. Keep up the good work!!!””
Head of Executive Search, APAC
With more than 18 years of commercial experience working for both Mobile Network Operators and specialist recruitment firms, Paul adds value to recruitment processes through his knowledge of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications industries and his access to a global network of high calibre professionals.
As Head of Executive Search covering the Asia region Paul advises on bespoke Executive recruitment solutions for Investors and TMT Clients including Mobile Network Operators, Digital Media, Software providers, System Integrators & Management Consultancies. Paul’s consultative approach has proven to be successful when bringing in key hires within the same industry or indeed from other industries including but not limited to Financial Services, Banking, Digital Services, Aviation and FMCG. Paul’s experience encompasses Executive Search, Market Mapping, Compensation & Benefits advisory, Strategic advertising and Competency based interviewing. Originally from the United Kingdom, Paul lives in Singapore and travels across the Asia Pacific region partnering with clients.
Creating and developing long term strategic partnerships that create value for TMT clients in the Asia region.
“"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."”
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.
““Require any kind of help -> Call Raz -> Issue solved ✓” ”
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!
Salma has joined the telecom team in RP as a researcher in February 2018. She is an Arab speaker, so communicated with clients and candidates in Saudi easily. She has worked as freelance recruiter in Egypt for Aspire, where she has placed candidates in finance, legal and IT.
She has a bachelor degree in Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo and has worked for almost 8 years in the market research field. In her previous job she was managing a lot of clients in various industries and has conducted various where she was managing clients in FMCG, Telecom, Real Estate and other.
Head of Practice – Data & Architecture (Europe)
Sam joined the business in May 2018 to head-up our London Practice after spending 5 years establishing the UK Technology arm of an S&P 500 listed, Global staffing firm. During this time, Sam built highly successful teams across IT Architecture & Infrastructure whilst also helping shape the organisations strategy, processes and culture.
As Head of Practice, Sam now leads a team of Senior Consultants across both Architecture & Data to spearhead RPI’s drive into this area across Europe. From a personal standpoint, Sam is well known for his ability to execute on a variety of recruitment models and services, he covers executive search, project solutions, and contingency recruitment; with advisory skills in the areas of mapping, recruitment process, employer branding and compensation.
Outside of the office Sam is an avid follower of Brentford FC and can be found supporting the team up and down the country on their quest to make it to the promised land of the Premier League.
““I can confidently say that Sam Dorrington is, by far, the best recruitment consultant I have ever worked with. Sam took the time to meet with each of the key stakeholders across the business , understanding the intricacies of the Digital Transformation we were embarking on. Sam pieced together a proposal which both suited our needs and remained palatable with our CFO, ultimately placing a number of highly talented individuals into niche and challenging roles across the business. Sam kept us updated at every stage with excellent communication and provided us with extensive insight into how we needed to position our brand in order to attract the best candidates in the market. We now look at RPI as an extended arm of our business, Sam is a true professional and all round nice guy, I cannot recommend him enough.” ”
Scarlett joined RP Internationals in 2015 as an intern in the Singapore office, she was then put forward for the graduate program in London which she successfully completed in 2016.
Scarlett spent the next two years in working in a Senior Resourcer capacity developing strong domain knowledge in the IT&T space supporting global Operators, Vendors, System integrators and Consultancy’s as they undergo large scale digital transformations.
In 2018 Scarlett became one of the first employees to work across all three RP International Office in all three regions, moving to Dubai to lead a team of 3 researchers within the Aviation space. Working in an Account Manager capacity, Scarlett specialises in the provision of both IT and Business specialists across Airport & Airline Operations, Strategy, Commercial, Customer Experience, Sales, Marketing, Finance and Human Resource functions
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
““Sheila is fantastic consultant who has a real passion for finding the right candidate for her client. She has deep understanding of Gulf and Asia Pacific regions. She helped me with my career assignment in the ME region that best suited my ambition and providing excellent help to me throughout the recruitment process. The recruitment process from the beginning to the end was immaculate in terms of communication, introductions, punctuality, stakeholder management & follow ups. In addition, she ensures she has thorough understanding about her customers in terms of stakeholders, markets and candidate requirements helping them build high performance teams. Sheila is well connected and great to work with.””
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, is currently in training to run Marathon des Sables 2019 for charity.
With a BSc in Psychology and an MA in HR Vera has been working within international executive search since 2008. She has been based out of London, Milan, Florence, and Singapore, and prior to joining RP International, she worked with a leading e-commerce company where she oversaw the entire recruiting process. This involved devising multiple sourcing strategies, selecting strategic partners, interviewing literally hundreds of candidates, all in all to ensure the rapid growth plans which were successfully executed across a number of office locations across APAC.
With her in-depth knowledge of the Asian market Vera prides herself in providing clients with the very best resources for the role and leaves no stone unturned when looking for those exceptionally niche and rare skillsets. From the candidate’s viewpoint Vera is always considered to be highly consistent, trustworthy, and often receives feedback commending her for her comprehensiveness throughout the end-to-end hiring process.
Vera is a mixed Italian-Filipino with a truly international background currently working in Singapore with RPI in the IT, Digital Marketing, Technology and E-Commerce markets
“"Vera worked with me to provide a high quality resource to head the finance function for our Italian operations. Even though the requirements for this role were unique and available candidates with this skillset scarcer still, Vera was able to not only shortlist the successful candidate from a reputed MNC within the mandated timeframe but showed tremendous clarity of thought, clarifying all queries of the candidate and handled the full process up to completion admirably. If given a chance, I would not hesitate to contact her again for any other assignment." ”