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I’m excited to be part of the growing Middle East economy. My team is actively working onsite with commercial and government clients to create diversified and sustainable solutions for the region.
Since the late 1990s, I’ve worked side by side with industry leaders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to expand and build their capabilities to drive their businesses forward. Our business line is all about relationships. We are the trusted advisors of these leaders.
Nadim Batri leads Booz Allen’s operations practice in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and is an active partner in the firm’s energy and utilities practice in the region.
His key areas of expertise include:
Nadim has led multiple large-scale transformation programs for public and private institutions specializing in oil and gas, chemicals, power, and water. He writes frequently on water sustainability, tariff restructuring, and sector reform, and has published a number of articles and viewpoints on these and related topics.
Prior to joining Booz Allen in 1999, Nadim was a telecom design engineer at Nortel Networks (Canada). He also worked at Booz & Company from 2008 until he rejoined the firm in 2014.
Nadim holds an M.B.A. with honors from Cornell University, and a master's in telecommunications and bachelor’s with great distinction in electrical engineering from McGill University.
What makes you passionate about your work at Booz Allen? I joined Booz Allen Hamilton back in 1999, moving back to the Middle East from Canada. Since then, I’ve had the privilege to work across various roles and different industries within the firm and I now lead the firm’s operations, organization and resilience practice for the MENA region. In our line of work, we don’t shy away from taking on tough challenges. Our daily work drives us to stay at the cutting edge and deliver solutions that truly help our clients. There is no shortage of bright, passionate people on our team who help us realize positive change day in day out.
What makes your team excited about Booz Allen’s work in MENA? Our team is keen to learn and excel. Booz Allen Hamilton’s work excites us by allowing us to expand our knowledge and explore new possibilities. We value bold thinking and strive to create tools that innovatively solve the ever-changing issues this region faces. Working in such a fast-paced and dynamic environment challenges our team and pushes us to grow both the firm and our careers.
What changes have you seen in the consulting business during your career? Consulting has definitely changed in this region. In the ’90s, the idea of consulting was foreign to most businesses—they didn’t know what we could offer them. We invested time in educating our clients on valuable concepts in strategy, planning and execution. The economic situation is also very different today than it was when I first started out in consulting. Now, clients in the region have the capabilities to expand and grow and are hungry for our advice on various issues.
What advice would you offer a new leader on how to be successful? A successful leader regards a high-caliber team as their most valuable asset. Without your team, you are nothing. You must take care of your team and make sure you are surrounded by the brightest people you can find. It is a challenge to keep teams motivated and energized, so the right people with the right attitudes matter.
What would you consider your strongest trait as a leader? I notice things quickly. I’m a detail-oriented person. It takes me a short amount of time to understand the problem and find a solution. That helps me help my team and my clients.
Did you always want to be an industry leader? Not really, I used to be a sport fanatic in my school days and I wanted to be a professional soccer player. As I grew older, this dream faded away and I focused on engineering instead. I was excited about the world of computers and innovations and this led me to work in telecommunications. That’s how I started my professional career.
What fields are you working in today? Our work spans a wide range of fields. We focus on fixing operations of an organization, assessing and modernizing processes, and ensuring business continuity for our clients. We frequently work with our energy and water sector clients to help them evaluate and address risks so that they can improve their organisational resilience. Lately, the push for privatization in the region has also been a hot and important topic for our clients.
What is the pressing need your clients will need to address in the near future? The prolonged decrease in oil prices has placed a lot of pressure on the system as a whole. Seeing as a lot of our work is in the GCC, where oil has traditionally been the main source for revenue, the financing of future projects has been affected. Clients will need to address how they can diversify their source of revenue away from oil.