What did you do before Strategy&?
After earning a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and completing an amazing internship at UC Berkeley, I pursued a master's degree in earthquake engineering at the American University of Beirut, where I was introduced to the world of management consulting.
I decided to explore the industry through a six-month management exchange program at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Along with the authentic Italian pizza, I immediately fell in love with my courses on strategic planning and innovation management and so I decided to switch my career path. I then applied to Strategy& and within a few months, I had moved to Dubai and joined the firm as an associate.
Personal life and interests; what makes you unique?
Nature is my ultimate escape. On the weekends, you would probably find me hiking one of UAE's gorgeous mountains, getting lost in one of Lebanon's forests, or camping in a new country.
I’m also very passionate about social impact. Whether it is volunteering in Sri Lanka or defining a fundraising strategy for an NGO as part of a pro bono project, I am always eager for an opportunity to have a positive impact. I’m also part of the Strategy& Social Impact Committee.
What keeps you driven at Strategy&?
Being a part of a team that supports the reimagining of the Middle East region feeds my curiosity and my appetite for learning.
As an engineer, I never imagined sitting at the same table with C-level executives to discuss their most pressing business challenges or being able to support in setting up a governmental entity, but I have done that in my very first year at the firm! There is never a dull moment at Strategy&.
What is your word of advice to women looking to join Strategy& in the Middle East?
While consulting has long been a male-dominated industry, we are witnessing a significant diversity shift. At Strategy&, I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by female leaders who have truly empowered me and inspired my career.
I hope that more women join and help us eliminate any limitations for females in this field.