International management consulting firm Partners in Performance has welcomed a new senior to its office in Dubai: Bernhard Hartmann.
The consulting veteran brings over 25 years of advisory experience to the consulting firm, including eight years in the region. Appointed a Director, he has been tasked with growing Partners in Performance’s footprint in the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on work in the energy and oil and gas sectors.
He previously spent three years with Oliver Wyman in its Dubai office, as a partner and Head of the MENA Energy practice. Before that, he spent two years with Kearney in the Middle East as a partner, having previously served the global consultancy across its offices in China (including as Head of the China), the US and Germany, among others.
Most recently, Hartmann was at innogy Consulting, the internal consulting wing of innogy and RWE (the firm also has external-focused offerings), where he was partner based in Dubai. At the firm, he worked closely with Pierre Samaties, the former leader of innogy Consulting in the region who departed the firm to join Roland Berger earlier this year.
Hartmann specialises in transformation work, spanning efficiency improvement, restructuring and strategy implementation for private sector and government organisations in the domains of energy, chemicals, heavy engineering, oil & gas, and utilities.
“With a strong track record in building successful teams in developing markets, Bernhard is a highly regarded mentor and coach, both internally and for clients across all levels of the organisation,” said Walid Fayad, a former McKinsey, Booz Allen and Strategy& veteran who leads Partners in Performance in the MENA region.
Founded in 1996 in Australia, Partners in Performance has around fifteen offices globally.
The appointment comes at a time of major shifts in the region’s energy landscape, with governments of oil-rich countries pushing hard to diversify income from fossil fuels in parallel to ramping up sustainability efforts, while having to navigate a range of major trends including green hydrogen and rapid digitisation unfolding on the market.