Hamid Maher appointed Managing Director in the BCG Casablanca office

23 January 2018 Consultancy.africa

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has appointed Hamid Maher as a Partner and Managing Director in its Casablanca office. The Moroccan outfit has a team of around fifty employees, with four partners and twelve support staff among the mix.

The demand for services from the consulting industry in Morocco is currently at a significant high, particularly from the public sector. The Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Interior in Africa’s fifth richest country both recently called for tenders on projects that involved operational optimisation and the establishment of a population register, respectively.

Major names from the industry, including Big Four firms EY and KPMG, as well as management consultancies McKinsey & Company and Roland Berger, all submitted bids for the projects, although Big Four rival PwC emerged victorious to seal both the contracts.

Most major firms already have a presence in the country. McKinsey, Bain & Company, and Mercer all have a presence in Casablanca, which they leverage to offer service across Francophone Africa. BCG itself has had a presence in the country since the establishment of its Casablanca office in 2010, housed in a four-storey villa.

The office’s operations will now receive a boost with the partner appointment of Hamid Maher, who has been employed with the firm since its entry into Casablanca in 2010, immediately after obtaining an MBA in Paris. Before his MBA, Maher worked as a management-consultant for Capgemini Consulting in France, where he covered significant projects for airline, automotive, and energy companies.

Hamid Maher

Commenting on the minor shift in career, Maher said, “After my engineering studies (Maher is a graduate of the French university École Supérieure d'Électricité [Supélec]), I worked for five years as a consultant at Capgemini Consulting, I then felt like taking up a new professional challenge, acquiring a broader business vision, and expanding my network. Without any preconceived idea on my project, I decided to pursue an MBA from INSEAD.”

On his appointment at the time to BCG, Maher said, “The opening of the Casablanca office, with its entrepreneurial spirit and energy, as well the quality of exchanges with BCG’ers during recruiting interviews, met my expectations perfectly.” 

In his new role, Maher will join the firm's Partner team in Casablanca. In the capacity he will leverage his experience in public sector reform projects, and his expertise in leading the Digital & Analytics activities across Africa, which span South Africa, Nigeria, and Angola.

The Casablanca office, however, is noteworthy in that it employs people from ten different countries, making it one of the most diverse offices for the firm across the globe. The hub is led by Patrick Dupoux, who was responsible for the firm’s entry into Casablanca, and heads BCG's operations for the African continent.

Commenting on his new role, Maher said, "Clients value our knowledge of the region and our presence in Morocco, which is a natural place for them to position themselves on the continent. BCG provides the means to always push our reflection one step further and the opportunity to generate tangible impact. There is a culture of innovation and a will to challenge the status quo. Further, there is an environment of trust, mutual help, and empowerment.”

KPMG Botswana appoints first ever female Partner as Managing Partner

22 April 2019 Consultancy.africa

Global professional services firm KPMG has appointed a new Managing Partner for its Botswana practice. Gosego Motsamai, who is the first female Partner at KPMG Botswana, will take the helm of the practice with immediate effect with hopes of growing the firm’s presence in the country.

Motsamai holds a degree in accounting and commerce from the University of Botswana, and has been inducted into the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She is also a Certifies Internal Auditor form the Institute of Internal Auditors, which has led promising career in the auditing and advisory space.

She began her career at Big Four accounting and advisory firm Deloitte in Botswana, where she remained for over three years as an Audit Assistant. She joined KPMG Botswana in 1998 as an Audit Traineee, and made her way up to the position of Audit Senior over a four-year spell.

KPMG Botswana appoints first ever female Partner as Managing Partner

Motsamai has remained at KPMG ever since, and rose from the rank of Audit Supervisor to Senior Manager for the Advisory division. In 2012, she was appointed the Associate Director of the firm’s Advisory division, and she finally ascended to the position of Partner four years ago in 2014.

She now reaches the pinnacle of her career as the Managing Partner at KPMG Botswana. The announcement was made by Chairman of KPMG Southern Africa Wiseman Nkuhlu on Friday, and will be effective immediately. Among the Big Four firms in Botswana, Motsamai is one of only two female executives at Partner level, and her promotion comes at a time when gender balance is a central debate across Africa.

Nkuhlu has described her as a devoted professional, who has been looking to advance the advisory profession across Botswana by promoting higher standards across the business environment. She is known for her support and mentorship of young professionals who come through the chartered accountancy ranks.

She said of her appointment, “As chairman, I am proud to make this announcement and am certain that under Gosego's leadership, we will see KPMG Botswana continue to be a leading professional services firm in the country. I look forward to working with the team and lead KPMG through these challenging times as we look to rebuild trust and become the clear choice.”