jawad shaikh

PARTNER - Roland Berger

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Jawad is a Partner at Roland Berger and heads our TMT practice in the Middle East, based in Riyadh. He brings over 25 years of strategy consulting and industry experience with a primary focus on the TMT and digital space. Jawad recently moved to KSA to spearhead our Riyadh office and help accelerate RB’s regional ambition in the Middle East. Before joining Roland Berger in 2019, Jawad worked in strategy consulting in the US and the UK, before moving to the Middle East in 2010. He established and ran an international strategy consultancy firm with a Middle East presence in Dubai, before taking up an executive role at a UAE telecom player as the head of the Digital Business unit. He subsequently founded and ran a couple of digital start-ups before returning to management consulting. Based on his extensive experience and deep knowledge of Telecom Media & Technology, Jawad advises the sector’s clients on a wide range of topics, including strategy, business and operating model development, performance improvement, and the development and launch of new businesses and services, among other things. In addition, Jawad advises clients across sectors on digital transformation, based on his corporate experience in new digital services development and digital transformation of customer experience and channels. This has come through stints with digital start-ups and strategy consulting. Jawad graduated from Cornell University, Ithaca NY with a Master’s in Engineering Management & Manufacturing (a joint program by the Johnson Business School & College of Engineering), and holds a BSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a UK national but has worked extensively across the US, Europe, Middle East & Africa. 

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The idea that drives us as management consultants Every great business is driven by an idea. Something grand, earth shattering and so impossible to let go of, that it must be pursued. Ours is that the world must master business, environmental and social challenges to secure sustainable growth, instead of focusing on short-term financial interest at the cost of future generations. There is a lack of equilibrium – we must rebalance. We need a new model. An approach not solely based on measuring temporary shareholder returns, but on something deeper, more meaningful and more substantial. Why? Because we believe that progress and innovation should – and can – create lasting change. We are convinced that, in taking responsibility for the most profound challenges of our time, we have a unique opportunity to rethink the system. A new way of achieving growth and securing robust and profitable business, while safeguarding a viable future. Most importantly, we believe that as management consultants we have an active role to play. That we stand on the precipice of a fundamental change, facing a horizon of limitless opportunities – new models, value and supply chains, technologies and ways of doing business, which must be executed with purpose. The big idea that drives us is to help organizations, businesses and entrepreneurs to reimagine their reality and shift the world towards a new sustainable paradigm.

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