Alexandre Katrangi


Alexandre is a powerful connector. With his vigor for people and depth of knowledge on core business flows in the Middle East and Africa, he brings his clients exclusive, invaluable relationships with key players all over the region.
Alexandre began his work after clients approached him with serious market entry issues in the regions he supports. Breaking down their issues, he determined the root of the problem was the tendency to make decisions without having all of the facts on the particular region. Here, he saw an opportunity to help companies take a more pragmatic approach.
Alexandre loves working in these emerging areas experiencing constant growth and vibrant activity, and a range of companies and individuals, from blue chip institutions and large conglomerates to private investors and politicians, depend on him for critical financial, legal, and commercial advice on market entry. Over the past 20 years, Alexandre has interacted with and lent his expertise to companies such as Vitol, Halliburton, EDF, Denel, Mocoh Switzerland, Socar, Bashneft, Sistema, Norinco, Geodis, Ukroboronprom, WPP and many other international companies and conglomerates.
Alexandre's clients benefit from the connections he has developed worldwide over the last 20 years, which include high-level African and Saudi Arabian leaders. He is currently the Director and Advisor of a prominent member of the Saudi Royal family and a past associate of the Ambassador Omar Zeidan who is considered as the doyen of the Middle East and an Arabian Peninsula dealmaker, advising potential businessmen, investors, presidents and CEOs on local environments and prospects in the region.
Alexandre earned a BBA in International Business in France and an MBA in International Business in Spain.

Interview bizbahrain | Feb - Mar 2016

Susan Velez


Susan Velez is driven to bring out the best in people. As a motivated consultant and human capital pioneer, she's recognized as a leading expert in organizational effectiveness and transformational projects with fast-growing global organizations. A seasoned change manager, she's a strategic practitioner of highly effective methodologies in talent management and technology.
Among her core competencies are workforce and business strategy alignment, change management and supporting aggressive global growth.
Prior to her consultancy career, Susan spent 16 years at a division of Bertelsmann in North America that provides Global Supply Chain Management solutions to Fortune 500 companies. As Bertelsmann's Human Capital Officer, Susan led talent management initiatives. Working side-by-side with the President of the North America division, she was instrumental in supporting the organization's year-over-year profitability goals — milestones she accomplished through organic growth, mergers and acquisitions.
Over the last 6 years, Susan has helped businesses manage complex organizational transformation projects by aligning their workforce program with technology. Working with Diageo, International Rescue Committee, Trinseo and Bain Capital among others, her typical clients operate across all continents and rely on her to manage highly complex organizational transformation initiatives.  Susan holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge.