H/Advisors partners with Havas to launch in the Middle East


London & Dubai, 31 May 2023
Global strategic advisory network H/Advisors has launched its offering in the Middle East, working in close partnership with parent company Havas, one of the world’s largest communications groups.

H/Advisors provides best in class advice and PR support across a wide range of business challenges, whether building a sustainability strategy, preparing for a financial transaction, promoting corporate profile, managing regulatory change, navigating a crisis situation or inspiring employees.

H/Advisors and Havas Middle East – with its team of over 200 people based across Riyadh, Dubai, Cairo and Muscat – will pool their resources to deliver both insight-driven and creative solutions and communications strategies for regional clients.

This integrated approach means clients will have access to H/Advisors’ global talent base of over 1,400 consultants located in all the major financial centres including New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The firm has appointed Laura Stockwell – a sustainability expert, entrepreneur, and long-standing business consultant in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region – as Managing Director. She will lead and oversee the build-out of the firm’s strategic communications services across the region.

Laura, who has lived in the UAE for over a decade, will primarily focus on advising private companies and government-related entities on their corporate reputation and sustainability objectives. This will be delivered in combination with H/Advisors Sustain, a global team of ESG specialists covering everything from multilateral regulation and environmental media to greenwashing reputational risk and corporate reporting. This aligns H/Advisors’ launch focus with that of the region’s key leadership and vision, combining both local and international knowledge and best practice.

Neil Bennett and Tom Johnson, Global Co-CEOs of H/Advisors, said: “Our group’s international expansion continues and this is an exciting new launch. It enables us to integrate our insights-led strategic advisory and communications services – whether in sustainability, capital markets and M&A, corporate communications, public affairs, crisis management or internal change – with Havas Middle East’s leadership in developing meaningful brands.”

Dany Naaman, CEO – Havas Middle East, said: “Havas has been operating in the region for many years in a joint venture with Chalhoub Group. This new partnership adds to our expertise and gives us access to specialised, strategic communications professionals all over the world. We are excited to integrate our talent with H/Advisors’ team at a time when the region, its governments and companies are playing a crucial role on the global stage. Delivering the energy transition is one example and we are well placed to support the vision of the GCC’s leadership.”

Laura Stockwell, Managing Director, Middle East at H/Advisors, said: “This an exciting time to be joining the group with my experience in delivering sustainability programmes. COP28 is being held in the UAE later this year, and this will be the first time the country has hosted the global climate event. H/Advisors has already developed a suite of advisory and communications services tailored to supporting organisations both to prepare and engage around COP28, helping ensure these businesses play their part delivering the region’s economic and energy transition plans.”


Key Contacts

Laura Stockwell, Managing Director, Middle East, H/Advisors
Email: laura.stockwell@h-advisors.global

Tanya Kassab, Marketing and Communications Manager, Havas Middle East
Email: tanya.kassab@havasme.com
Tel: +971 4 455 6000

About H/Advisors

H/Advisors is the leading global strategic advisory network. Founded in 2001 in London, New York and Paris, the group employs 1400+ consultants in 25 countries.

We provide best-in-class strategic communications advice and counsel for corporations and institutions in Europe, the Americas and Asia at their most critical moments by developing bespoke and holistic communications strategies that reach and influence their core stakeholders.

Our core expertise extends across corporate communications and investor relations disciplines, including M&A and activism, public affairs, crisis, change management, ESG and litigation.

We have a unique strategic approach combining local market expertise, seamless cross-border collaboration and global scale that helps our clients achieve their goals.  Working for many of the world’s leading publicly traded companies, private equity and investment firms, and education and philanthropic institutions. We are backed by Havas and Vivendi, one of the world’s largest communications groups.

Further information: h-advisors.global

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About Havas Middle East

Havas Middle East is part of Havas Group, one of the world’s largest global communications groups.

Based on a client-centric model across all its disciplines, Havas Middle East is a full-service, fully integrated communications powerhouse, operating seamlessly across Creative, Media and PR. Over 200 of the world’s brightest and bravest, working in a place we call the Havas Village.

Our Havas mission: To make a meaningful difference to the brands, the businesses and the lives of the people we work with.

Havas Group integrated Vivendi in December 2017. With 20,000 employees in more than 100 countries, Havas Group is committed to creating meaningful connections and having a positive impact in the world through creativity, media and innovation.

Further information: havasme.com and havasgroup.com

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