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I lead Booz Allen’s business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and I enjoy rolling up my sleeves with my teams and getting into the nuts and bolts of our work.
Our work starts with a vision and mission from which we derive a strategy. Next comes designing an operating model and organization structure that will support the strategy, as well as the needed business processes and technologies required to run the organization. Finally, we put in place the implementation plan that will see our clients’ transformation through to completion.
When I delegate, it’s more a sign of trust than a sign of hierarchy. I’ve found that the credibility of a leader is greatly enhanced when the teams see that words are matched with action.
Souheil Moukaddem leads our business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region across multiple industries and functional capabilities.
He has extensive expertise in a variety of areas including vision and mission, strategy, organization design and implementation, governance, process improvement, human capital, and change management.
Souheil first joined the firm in 1996, and left in 2003. He then served as manager at Bain & Company in Paris and Dubai, and as executive director at Saraya Holdings in Dubai. He rejoined Booz Allen in 2014.
He holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University.
Why is Booz Allen an ideal firm for someone like you? The work we do is impactful. We get past the design and help our clients achieve and implement what we’ve designed. We work with a lot of government clients, which drive regional economies. When we design, we are already thinking about how we’re going to implement, and that in turn gives our solutions a level of realism and practicality that’s often not found in purely theoretical analyses.
How do you help your clients prepare for change? We help clients turn their strategic plans into action. We turn them into institutionalized organizations with best-in-class processes and procedures, reducing their business risk and allowing them to better compete in the global marketplace.
What mentorship advice would you give to a new leader? Consulting is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. You need to really take a long-term view of your career. Listen to your clients and listen to your teams to adjust your approach to the work. You need to be very flexible.
Where do you see Booz Allen in the next 20 years? The only constant is change. Booz Allen needs to be smart in managing that change—too much change is a problem, as is not enough change. We need to strike that balance.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an engineer at NASA, and I eventually became a mechanical engineer. Growing up all over the world and seeing the inefficiencies in government and the impact they had on people’s lives, from wars to corruption, I wanted to fix governments. That led me to get my master’s in public policy with a focus on business and government.
What do you like to do for fun? For about 40 years now, my hobby has been music. I’ve been a drummer on tour, opening for some of the biggest bands in the world—Deep Purple, Robert Plant, and Placebo, which is not too bad, I think! It’s brought me tremendous satisfaction—a way to be creative, decompress, and take the pressure off. Like everything else you do, if you do it well and you do it seriously, then you get to places you didn’t think you were going to get.
Have any of your musical experiences carried over into your professional life? Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice was eager to teach and impart his experiences. I try to transfer that to my professional life, in mentoring, training, and teaching. A credible teacher and leader is one that behaves in sync with what they preach.