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Dubai  -  January 2023

Firoze Patel and Muna Awwadová Join Kingsley Gate Partners

Global Executive Search Firm Deepens Presence in Middle East Market with Two New Appointments in Dubai

January 18, 2023 – Kingsley Gate Partners, a global executive search firm that is private-equity backed, tech-enabled, and rapidly expanding worldwide, today announced that Firoze Patel (Senior Partner) and Muna Awwadová (Partner) have joined the firm. Both are based in Dubai.

Firoze Patel
Firoze Patel is a Senior Partner specializing in financial services and has more than 20 years’ experience in executive search, executing mandates in senior leadership roles.

Before joining Kingsley Gate, Firoze served as Managing Partner of India and Singapore for DHR Global, overseeing all business activities in both locations. He also led the firm’s Financial Services Practice in Asia Pacific (APAC) and was a member of the APAC Management Committee.

Prior to DHR Global, he was a Managing Director at Russell Reynolds Associates and a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry International, respectively.

Before joining the executive search industry, Firoze spent five years as head of finance and accounts for a large export house in India. He graduated with first-class honors from the University of Bombay and is a Chartered Accountant by training.

“I’m delighted to join Kingsley Gate Partners. The opportunity to work with the firm’s global leadership team and like-minded colleagues, coupled with Kingsley Gates innovative use of technology to ever-improve the executive search process, is a winning formula,” said Firoze.

Muna Awwadová
Muna Awwadová is a Partner with Kingsley Gate Partners. She has over 20 years’ experience in executive search, with most of her career spent in the Middle East.

Prior to joining Kingsley Gate, Muna worked for global executive search and interim management firms. She has successfully recruited executives for C-Suite and Board roles in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.

She has also worked with governments across the Middle East to identify talent and advise on their long-term leadership planning. Additionally, Muna spent seven years with KPMG in their People and Change Advisory Services.

She began her career with Credit Suisse First Boston and Talents Technology, where she was based in Prague. Muna holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Liberec and is fluent in English, Arabic and Czech. “I’m excited to be working with the senior partners at Kingsley Gate. Their disruptive approach to executive search and use of analytics to deliver impact and results is ground-breaking. Our mission is to partner with Middle East clients to address their region-specific and evolving leadership needs,” said Muna.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Firoze and Muna to our fast-growing Middle East team,” said Noam Eisenberg, Senior Partner and Head of Middle East and Africa (MEA). “Their combined experience building trusted relationships with senior business leaders and Boards across multiple industry sectors will further strengthen our capabilities in the region.”

About Kingsley Gate Partners
Transforming the world of retained executive search, Kingsley Gate Partners leverages its proprietary and tech-enabled search platform and a world-class cadre of consultants to provide greater accountability, accuracy, velocity, and transparency to the search process in a manner that ensures a lasting strategic fit between executives and clients. The firm’s search consultants operate globally with expertise in all major industries and markets. Kingsley Gate Partners serves best-of-breed organizations in over 30 countries. Since February 2022, the firm has been backed by private equity firm Crescent Cove Partners LP. For more information, go to

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