Shane Phillips Consultants

Shane Phillips Consultants is a boutique executive search firm specializing in senior placements. The firm finds its roots planted in the 1970s in Canada where The Phillips Group was first founded. After the retirement of Carl A. Phillips the business was closed for a period of years only to be re-opened in Dubai. With two generations of Executive Search experience, Shane Phillips Consultants offers high touch bespoke service for clients looking to hire the best people.
Services offered include Executive Search, Executive Assessment, Recruitment Process Out-sourcing and Training & Development.
Helping companies build championship leadership teams has been a tradition in the Phillips family for two generations. From assisting Fortune 500 companies acquire and retain top performing senior executives or advising leading Chief Executive Officers on developing their human capital, Shane has executed CXO assignments all over the world. His passion for helping people and companies develop leadership capability has driven him to engage the media, where he is now the host of Dubai Eye’s career show “Eye On Careers” as well as the host of the TV Show “Top Guns” on Zee TV, a contributing writer to Accountant Magazine, CEO Magazine and Global Citizen Magazine.
Shane holds an MBA from London Business School and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He is a Non-Executive Board Member of Fortis Group Holdings and Chairman and Founder of Big Brothers Big Sisters UAE. A former Executive Board Member of the Canadian Business Council, and a volunteer with the Families with Special Needs.

Akbar Kazmi : Head of Risk – MENA

With over 25 years of banking experience, Akbar brings the seasoned eye that only experience can foster. Staring his career with Chase Manhattan Bank in 1983 Akbar has worked his way through every position in the Corporate and Private Bank. Mentored in global best practices from brands such as Standard Chartered Bank, Akbar brings a wealth of knowledge to any client interaction. With the lion share of his career spent in the Middle East, Akbar intuitively understands the subtle yet powerful undercurrents of the GCC. Knowing both your business and the region allows him to find that perfect fit and with a quarter century of banking experience his personal network is unrivalled in the Gulf.
As the former Deputy Head of Risk for National Bank of Dubai, Akbar has developed Risk frameworks, processes and methodologies from scratch. Whether it’s your organizational structure, risk protocol, or the talent in the Risk department that you are concerned about, Akbar is able to create a bespoke actionable solution for your needs. He is well positioned to deliver outstanding service in the areas of Executive Search, Training & Development and Mentoring.

Nigel D’Souza

Nigel D’Souza is a Sourcing Leader at Shane Phillips Consultants. He comes with over 10 years of cross functional industry experience. He has held analytical, executive search and Talent Acquisition positions, within both B2B and B2C markets. He began his career as a Workforce Analyst with America On-Line before moving to Dubai in 2004 to take up a recruitment role within a prominent property development holdings company. He later moved into an executive search firm having spent a considerable amount of time harnessing his skills across cross-functional and industry specialization recruitments. Prior to joining Shane Phillips Consultants, Nigel held the position of a Regional Talent Acquisition Manager for a global FMCG company where he secured and executed all international talent acquisition functions across the EMEA & SEA region. Nigel enjoys partnering with his clients on the toughest assignments. With a career background in both in-house and agency talent acquisition, his search work extends across functional specialization. Nigel holds a Bachelor in Psychology and Communications from Christ University. A shutterbug enthusiast and a green hand for gardening he loves travelling and an avid petrol head for motorcycles and muscle cars. Nigel can be contacted at


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