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  • Tuesday, 11 October 2016 6 00 pm
  • Tuesday, 11 October 2016 11 00 pm

The RI Awards - Middle East

The Recruitment International Middle East Industry Awards 2016

The RI Awards for the Middle East are being held at the fabulous Shangri La Hotel, Dubai on Tuesday 11th October 2016 at 7.00 pm - 11.00pm for our fantastic black tie Awards dinner.

Recruiters it’s time to get excited because you have the opportunity to win the most coveted industry accolade in recruitment.

The world’s biggest recruitment industry awards programme is coming to The Middle East and will be celebrated in spectacular fashion.  Come and enjoy the long luncheon awards dinner where recruitment professionals will gather from all over the region, eager to win the most prestigious award in the business. You have worked hard all year so now it’s time to play hard and stake your claim for one of RI’s most coveted trophies.  You will be judged by some of the biggest entrepreneurs, business leaders and pioneers from our industry. They have established and built some of the biggest brands in recruitment, Michael Page, Robert Walters, Harvey Nash, Empresaria, Hudson and FiveTen Group, they know the industry and that’s another reason why winning an award carries so much gravitas.


The RI Awards are contested all over the world including the UK where almost 400 CEO’s and owners attend the event. Hundreds more contest them in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. The RI Awards are the biggest recognition for our sector so make certain you enter your business or an outstanding individual.  The RI Award trophies not only look and feel unique they are a fitting reward to mark the achievements of exceptional businesses and people.


In keeping with the prestige of the RI Awards the celebratory dinner will be held in the Shangri-La  Ballroom, one of Dubai’s premier venues.  Guests will  dine in style and you could be celebrating into the night if you can convince our judges that you truly are one of the most professional recruiters in the region! 


Recruiters and HR professionals will be invited to enter their company or an outstanding individual to win one of the most coveted trophies in what is the world’s most comprehensive recruitment and staffing industry Awards programme, spanning 3 continents!  Companies may enter as many categories as they wish all you need to do is submit an entry that complies with the criteria.


The aim of the recruitment industry awards is to recognise innovation and best practice in the Middle East recruitment industry.  We will assess and reward the best recruitment companies in the region and the event will bring the leading recruitment professionals together to celebrate the cream of the industry and recognise your excellence.

Our panel of independent, industry experts will review all entries and determine the short-listed companies. The Award Winners will be revealed at the black tie Awards ceremony in the Shangri La Hotel in Dubai on Tuesday 11th October  2016.


19.00  - Welcome drinks

19.30 Dinner is served

19.45  - Awards Presentation

22.00 Dinner service is completed

22.00 - 23.00 - Final Awards presentations followed by networking 



The Award Categories:

The Executive Search Company of the Year

The Rising Star

The Fastest Growing Company of the Year

The HR & Recruitment Employee of the Year

The International HR & Recruitment Company of the Year

The Hall of Fame

The Best HR & Recruitment Company To Work For

The Business Leader of the Year

For the full criteria on all of the Awards just click here:


To enter the awards and to reserve your dinner places please email David Head in London at  

Alternatively call +44 (0) 1483 740874.

Awards entries are just AED500 or Sing$200 per entry.

Dinner places are just AED700 or Sing $280 per person. Two directors per company at least are encouraged to attend.
All entries and dinner places will be invoiced and emailed direct.


Deadline for entries - Friday 23rd September 2016
Shortlists announced- Tuesday 27th September 2106




The Awards Judges


Stewart Rogers

Stewart Rogers brings over 25 years experience of building businesses and creating shareholder value in the recruitment and human capital management sectors. He has an enviable reputation of helping shape leadership teams in the industry that deliver both outstanding customer service to their clients as well as impressive profit growth over a sustained period that ultimately creates real shareholder value and returns.

Including his current portfolio, he has been on the Board of over a dozen recruitment businesses covering a wide spectrum of sectors, including being instrumental in bringing the following businesses successfully to market – Goodman Graham (NED); Odgers (COO and then NED); TechPartners (NED); White & Nunn (Chairman); James Harvard (Chairman) and Nurse Plus (Chairman). The combined total value realised for these businesses adds up to over £150m.

He is currently Chairman of three leading recruitment businesses – Morgan McKinley (finance and accounting); Templine (Industrial) and Hallam Medical - as well remaining on the Board of Nurse Plus (Domiciliary Care) as the Senior Independent NED and also being Chairman of JSA, one the leading and most innovative firms in the Professional Employment and Payroll Services sector. These five businesses have a combined NFI of over £100m and collectively employ just over 1,000 people.

Ian Nash 
Ian has 25 years of experience with the recruitment market. His previous roles have included group board director roles for both Michael Page and Robert Walters. During his 13 year spell at Page, the business was transformed from a UK-centric financial recruitment company to the multidisciplinary international recruitment company that exists today.

Page and Walters both dramatically grew in terms of scale, profitability and market value while Ian was a director. 

John Rose

John has spent most of his working career in the recruitment sector, having started in the industry in the late 1980’s. John has an impressive track record leading successful business turnarounds and driving profitability. Whilst CEO of Hudson’s UK/Ireland operation, he integrated 12 acquisitions, re-shaped the business and grew profitability (EBITDA) from (£100k) to £11.3m. As CEO of Kellan Group Plc he returned the loss-making Berkeley Scott business to profitability and led the acquisition of Quantica Plc. John was most recently CEO of FiveTen Group where he built a strategy based on specialist recruitment brands, took the business into immature, less commoditised markets and significantly increased the Group's profitability. Through his own venture, Vered Consulting, John now acts as Mentor/NED/Operating Partner to recruitment businesses and their leaders, helping them through their growing pains and both building and delivering sustainable and valuable strategies.

Miles Hunt

Miles Hunt trained as a solicitor before completing his MBA at Warwick Business School. In 1995 he established a procurement consultancy, ProSource Limited. Miles then set up the international specialist staffing business, Empresaria Group plc, in 1996 and was chief executive until he stepped down in December 2011 to pursue new opportunities. Since then Miles has been appointed as Chairman of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (Apsco); Chairman of Advanced Resource Managers, a specialist IT and Technology recruitment company, and advises a number of companies operating in the business services arena including recruitment companies, training and HR services companies and companies that provide technology related solutions to the HR sector. Miles founded Benula Capital in October 2012.

Miles is a highly experienced entrepreneur and investment manager specialising in the staffing and support services sectors. His key skills are in business strategy; deal origination and execution; marketing and cross selling; building brands and managing teams.

David Higgins

David spent circa 20 years building Harvey Nash plc into a £500m turnover global professional services organisation.  David's roles have encompassed Managing Director, Chief Executive, Executive Deputy Chairman and most recently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman.  As a highly effective senior international business leader, his past successes have included growing Harvey Nash significantly in terms of size, revenue and profits as well as expanding a previously UK-centric business into a global organisation covering Europe, Asia-Pacific and the USA.

David has a proven track record in creating growth, both organically and via strategic acquisitions. He has also taken a private business through to a successful flotation on the London Stock Exchange. He currently advises entrepreneurs and owners of SME companies.

Tim Evans, MD, Boxington Corporate Finance

Founder and Managing Director of Boxington, the international mergers and acquisitions (M&A) boutique specialising in the Human Capital & Recruitment sector. Tim is known for his international contact network amongst the CEO and Chairman decision-makers of trade and private equity buyer companies across the sector globally.

Tim trained with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA, and has over 15 years of mid-market M&A deal experience. He is a regular speaker and writer on M&A and Private Equity in the Human Capital & Recruitment sector.

Fiona Kay Lander  FCIPD, FIRP, MIOD

fiona landerBusiness Link approved trainer Fiona started Lander Associates in 1997 and heads up a team of experienced recruitment trainers and an efficient operations team in Head Office . With over 30 year’s recruitment sector experience, Fiona started her career with the government working on initiatives for the long-term unemployed. She then moved to Blue Arrow in 1986 and held a number of roles in both operations and training, including Training and Development Director. A move to the US followed in 1992 to continue training and Fiona also designed training seminars for well-known US presenter Anthony R. Byrne for his world tour in 1993. While in the US, Fiona was also commissioned to write a training book and training articles. Fiona is regularly published in trade journals and online including Recruitment International.

Suhail Mirza

Suhail qualified in the City and practiced as an employment lawyer for several years. He was owner of a healthcare business (employing over 220 people) for 12 years which he successfully sold in 2014. He is also extremely well connected within the recruitment sector across both listed and privately held businesses.

Over the past decade he has worked with investors in the recruitment and support services sectors. He has written the City Page for RI since 2006 and also writes for leading healthcare journals.

Most recently he has become a Non Executive Director at H1 Healthcare( the nursing and care provider based in Scotland) and also leads the Healthcare Practice at Alium Partners the well known interim business. He has a range of interests in support service providers including partnering with Virgin Fastrack 100 business RACS Group and is Chairman at CPD safe and Non Executive Director at Argonaut.

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