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Arianna E

Q: What did you do before Strategy&?

A: 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.

Q: Personal life and interests; what makes you unique?

A: 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.

Q: What keeps you driven at Strategy&?

A: 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&.

Q: What is your word of advice to women looking to join Strategy& in the Middle East?

A: 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.

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