What is the history of solidiance’s office in the united arab emirates?
In 2014, Solidiance opened its UAE office in Abu Dhabi, marking the firm’s first foray into the Middle East. The Middle East practice is a keystone in the Solidiance network, acting as the gateway to the 21st Century Silk Road, connecting Solidiance’s Asia Pacific network and market expertise directly to the growth markets of the Arab world. Today, Solidiance Middle East works with some of the most influential corporations and family-owned businesses in the region, guiding them to strategically viable markets in Asia. Our Middle East office also serves our many Global Fortune 500 clients, keen to explore the Middle Eastern playground and seek-out new partners, suppliers, and business models for the region.
HOW IS SOLIDIANCE DIFFERENT THAN OTHER CONSULTING FIRMS IN THE UAE?
Solidiance is unique in that it is a truly Asia-focused boutique consulting firm; with offices established throughout Asia to serve global clients in Asia, we take great pride in not being “global”. Having a locally-based, Asia-focused practice means that our consultants are incredibly specialized, bringing a unique set of skills and languages to the table that other firms in the region don’t have. Some consulting houses may have limited experiences in Singapore or China, but few have Solidiance’s “Total Asia Package”. With offices in Singapore (HQ), Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam – we believe Solidiance is the only consulting outfit in the Arab World that can give clients a true on-the-ground West & East Asia perspective.
HOW CAN SOLIDIANCE MIDDLE EAST HELP OUR BUSINESS TO GROW IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND ACROSS ASIA?
Firstly, Solidiance Middle East works with our Global Fortune 500 clients just as we do across Asia, providing our boots-on-the-ground approach to identify key markets and develop go-to-market strategies and sustainable business models in the Middle East. We are also very proud to have built, and continue to build, ‘Solid Alliances’ with prominent Arab corporations and government entities looking to explore growth, partnership, and learning opportunities in their home region, as well as across Asia – whether its learning about green energy in Japan, developing Oil and Gas investments and partnerships in Indonesia, or benchmarking against government efficiency in Singapore. We help our clients navigate the Asian business landscape, and guide them to innovative business solutions.
WHO HEADS UP THE SOLIDIANCE OFFICE IN THE UAE?
Solidiance Middle East in Abu Dhabi is headed up by Erika Welch. She brings over 10 years of regional strategy consulting experience, working with Fortune 500 clients, as well as the leading corporations and government bodies in the Middle East. She has led projects in key markets across the region including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore. Erika’s consulting projects have given her exposure to >15 sectors, but she particularly flourishes in the Automotive, Construction, Healthcare, and Oil & Gas industries. Erika holds an Executive MBA from Stanford University (USA), and degrees from both the University of Cambridge (UK) and McGill University (Canada). Erika speaks English, Japanese, and survival Arabic and French.