The Middle East's No.1 Investor in Recruitment


Recruitment Entrepreneur Middle East is at the forefront of empowering recruitment professionals to not only build businesses but to create lasting value within the industry. With a strategic focus on supporting individuals at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey, from inception to expansion and exit, they provide comprehensive guidance and resources tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities of the recruitment sector.

Our investment team, including Country Manager, Melissa O'Neill, and, Regional Managing Director, Annil Chandel are all ready to provide expert guidance and support with the Middle East's most ambitious and talented recruitment professionals.

Together with our partner and market-leading recruitment business, Wayfinders, we help ambitious individuals to launch, scale, and develop a recruitment business with real value.

 

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JAMES CAAN CBE

Chairman

JAMES CAAN CBE

Chairman

As Chairman, James takes an active role in the investment process, working closely with the Recruitment Entrepreneur team to support you and your company. His hands-on approach enables entrepreneurs to learn from his considerable experience in founding and scaling recruitment businesses.

Annil Chandel

Regional Managing Director

Annil Chandel

Regional Managing Director

Annil began his career as a graduate trainee at Computer Futures, progressing to become the London Contracts Manager and managing a team of 40 recruiters while specializing in SAP.

He was then headhunted by a boutique SAP recruitment company to launch in Houston, Texas and later in Dubai.

Annil later joined Best People to launch their global ERP practice and eventually started his own recruitment company which he sold in 2009.

He then returned to SThree to launch their India business and later joined K2 Partnering as part of the SLT, where he launched India and helped scale their EMEAPAC business. Annil opened and delivered an account generating US$10m in revenue and $3.5m in NFI and also got involved in outsourcing services.

Melissa O'Neill

Local Partner & Co-Founder of Wayfinders

Melissa O'Neill

Local Partner & Co-Founder of Wayfinders

O'Neill, a seasoned professional with 25 years of experience in the recruitment industry, is a Partner at Wayfinders, an investment group and venture builder in the Middle East. Specializing in Strategy, Business Development, and Customer Experience, Melissa has played a pivotal role in driving the success of Wayfinders and its diverse portfolio of companies, including SGP Technology, People Partners, Hotdesk, and Benchmark.

As a double degree holder in Business and Law, Melissa has been honored with numerous accolades, including being named Runner-Up for Start-Up of the Year in 2012 and a Best Customer Experience nomination in the Trade Excellence Awards in 2013. A fierce advocate for female leadership and diversity, Melissa's passion and expertise have made her an influential figure in the Middle Eastern recruitment landscape.

James Kevan

Local Partner & Co-Founder of Wayfinders

James Kevan

Local Partner & Co-Founder of Wayfinders

James has lived in the Middle East for over 10 years and has built several successful multi-million-pound recruitment and outsourcing businesses in the Middle East. He is now a strategic advisor to these groups. 

James is passionate about fast growing startups and is now Founder of Wayfinders an investment group specialising in investments in the “Future of Work” arena. 

With James experience of growing recruitment businesses and start up investments, James as our Local Partner offers a wealth of strategic advice and support to our Middle East investments. 

 

Alexandra Scholes

Non-Executive Director

Alexandra Scholes

Non-Executive Director

Alexandra Scholes is an experienced Recruitment Manager with a passion for positive culture and talent acquisition based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a focus on both technical and non-technical roles, she has recruited for various sectors including construction & engineering, claims & dispute resolution, management consulting, IT, supply chain, logistics, and procurement.

Previously, she was the Head of Recruitment at Inspire Selection, managing the Construction Claims & Disputes Resolution, Contracts & Commercial Management recruitment portfolio. Alexandra has partnered with key stakeholders to deliver full life-cycle recruiting and hiring for all positions across various disciplines, successfully growing offices in various regions.

Richard Pucci

Operations Director

Richard Pucci

Operations Director

Richard, with two decades in recruitment, turned loss-making accounts profitable and saved the BBC £50 million at Reed. As Operations Director, he introduced vital systems, ensured compliance, and at Manners Maclean, his strategies and system overhauls doubled revenue.

Kathy Walker

Head of Marketing

Kathy Walker

Head of Marketing

With over two decades in recruitment, Kathy excels in recruitment marketing, boasting strategic initiatives that bolster growth and branding. Her career spans REC, ITHR Group, and roles like Global Marketing Director at i-Pharm Consulting, culminating in her current position with Recruitment Entrepreneur since October 2023. Kathy also holds a Business and Marketing degree and a CPD-accredited Mini MBA.

Jamie Lusk

Investment Director

Jamie Lusk

Investment Director

Jamie architects the framework for entrepreneur support systems, preparing to replicate these across new markets. With deep organisational insight and a focus on optimisation, Jamie's international experience and cultural acumen, honed by positions at EY and projects in the US, fuel his expertise in scaling operations globally.

Sophie Morris

Learning & Development Manager

Sophie Morris

Learning & Development Manager

Sophie advanced from Recruitment Consultant to a pivotal L&D role, crafting eLearning solutions. At Reed Talent Solutions, she aligned learning with business goals, enhancing retention. As Head of L&D at Hamlyn Williams for EMEA & APAC, she established the L&D function and implemented a global strategy, significantly improving recruitment metrics.

Supported by Wayfinders

Wayfinders, based in Dubai, a strategic partner of Recruitment Entrepreneur Middle East, redefines recruitment excellence through innovative solutions and advanced technology. Together, we offer comprehensive support and resources to empower recruitment professionals, enabling them to start, scale, and succeed in the Middle East's dynamic market. With Wayfinder's cutting-edge tools and our industry expertise, we're shaping the future of talent acquisition and driving unparalleled success for our partners.

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What our partners say...

Sathya John, CEO, Pronto Recruitment, Spain

Our expansion and success to date has been strengthened and supported through our collaborative partnership with Recruitment Entrepreneur, complimenting our credibility and capability,

Sathya John, CEO, Pronto Recruitment, Spain

What our partners say...

What our partners say...

As a CEO, I feel I have the ability to make the decision and shape a business in my own vision whilst benefiting from the advice and guidance of the highly experienced financial and strategic advisory teams.

Elaine Tyler - CEO of Venatrix

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