FTI names Middle East strategic comms chief

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Based in Dubai, Oliver Williams (pictured) will lead the segment’s business strategy in the Middle East and support leaders on the firm’s expansion across the region to serve international clients operating there.

Williams joined FTI in March 2008, helping to launch the firm’s London energy and low carbon offer.

Since then, he has advised organisations on cross-border communications, including integrated advocacy campaigns, regulatory and legislative uncertainty, securing investment and building credibility through third-party stakeholder engagement.

Williams said: “The Middle East is clearly an increasingly critical nexus for business. The sense of opportunity is palpable, and I’m excited to build on the work of our local team as we take our business to the next level.

“At the heart of our strategy is a vision to marry our local expertise with our international capabilities and footprint, to not only support those companies who are already in the Gulf Cooperation Council market or entering it but also the growing number of regional leaders who are expanding internationally.”

Vikas Papriwal, a senior managing director and head of FTI Consulting Middle East, said: “The Middle East is evolving and developing at an exciting pace and with this clients’ communications needs and challenges evolve too.

“Oliver’s solid track record and experience will be of great benefit to our client base across our core geographies as they navigate these communications needs. I very much look forward to working with Oliver to develop our strategic communications solutions across the region.”

Williams’ appointment continues FTI’s ongoing investment in the region, including the relocation to larger premises in Dubai, the opening of new offices in Abu Dhabi and Doha in 2023 and the establishment of an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2022.

FTI’s team in the Middle East supports clients on a range of issues, including crisis and cybersecurity, forensic investigations, corporate finance, construction solutions, public sector advisory and strategy consulting.