Middle East Leadership Team

Hay Group's regional leaders

George Karam, Managing Director, Middle East

George KaramThis is the third time at Hay Group for the Managing Director George Karam. Re-joining most recently from the World Bank, he has previously held senior roles in management consulting in North America, Africa and the Middle East.

George specialises in strategy implementation, organisation design and effectiveness, corporate governance and reward management. He is an expert in building effective organisations within both the public and private sectors and has extensive experience in organisation diagnosis, design of business operating models, structures and processes.

George holds an MBA from Lincoln and a BA from the American University of Beirut . He speaks Arabic, French and English.

Vijay Gandhi, Director of Productized Services, Middle East 

vijayVijay leads the Productized Services unit and plays a key role to develop and grow the largest pay and benefits database in the Middle East and North Africa region. He manages RIS business in Greece, Turkey and Africa. A regular speaker at events and in the media in the gulf, he has a wealth of expertise in the fields of reward in the Middle East Vijay helps organisations untangle increasingly complex compensation information and design superior reward systems and processes that improve employee and business performance.

Prior to working at Hay Group, he worked in Financial Services sector and HR Consulting arena with a wide range of clients ranging from government ministries to Fortune 500 companies in the USA. He has an MBA in Human Resources from University of Durham (United Kingdom) and BBA in Finance & International Business from University of Wisconsin – Madison (USA).

Chris Shennan, Director of Key Accounts & Sector Portfolio, Middle East

Chris ShennanChris is a global partner who moved from Hay Group’s London office to Dubai in 2010. He is Director of Consulting for Hay Group Middle East and also acts as the global lead for the oil and gas sector. His consultancy career has involved work in Japan, Europe, US and the Middle East. He has worked in both the public and private sectors with the common theme of raising individual and organisational effectiveness through his expertise in leadership and talent, coaching, reward and performance management .

As well as managing Hay Group’s consulting teams, Chris works extensively with major oil and gas clients, both international oil majors and nationally owned companies in Asia and the Middle East. He also acts as global account manager for DP (Dubai)World and Shell.

Prior to joining Hay Group in 1998, Chris worked for Shell UK in a number of marketing roles and Roland Berger strategy consultants where he developed new market approaches and business process restructuring across a range of different sectors. Chris has a BA in History from Cambridge University.