Press release

29 Jul 2019 Dubai, AE

EY welcomes 20 new partners in the MENA region; number of promoted female partners triples

Dubai, 29 July 2019. EY announces the admission of 20 new partners to its service lines and industry sectors across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, bringing the total number of partners in the MENA practice to 218.

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  • First female nationals from Egypt, KSA, and the UAE promoted to partner at EY
  • EY announces 733 people have been promoted to partner globally

EY announces the admission of 20 new partners to its service lines and industry sectors across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, bringing the total number of partners in the MENA practice to 218. The number of females promoted to partner in 2019 has tripled from those announced in 2018.

The new MENA partners are based in EY offices in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, joining the Advisory, Assurance, Strategy and Transactions, and Tax practices.

Abdulaziz Al-Sowailim, MENA Chairman and CEO, EY, says: “I am delighted to welcome such a diverse and talented group to our leadership team in the MENA region. Their range of experience across various sectors and services reflects the depth of EY offerings, while also highlighting our expertise in the different economies of the region. As the digital age pushes businesses to explore untapped opportunities and mitigate new risks, we will continue to ensure that our clients have access to the latest technology and solutions through our exceptional leaders and high-performing teams.”

First female nationals join EY partnership in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE

The number of females promoted to partner has tripled from last year, with three becoming the first female nationals in their respective countries to join the EY partnership. Heba Wadie, an Egyptian national, has been promoted to partner in the Egypt Tax practice, Esraa Albuti, a Saudi national, was promoted to partner in the Saudi Tax practice, and Emirati Wardah Ebrahim has been promoted to partner in the Assurance practice in the UAE.

“I am truly proud to see the number of female partners at EY grow each year, it is a testament to our commitment to advance gender equality and create more inclusive boardrooms. To now have several female MENA nationals among the ranks of the leadership team, driving our vision and values, is an honor. I look forward to seeing how their contributions change our industry for the better,” concludes Abdulaziz.

Over 700 new partner promotions announced worldwide

EY announces that 733 people have been promoted to partner across the globe. For the fifth consecutive year, women and emerging markets represent nearly a third of this year’s new partner class, at 30% and 33% respectively. Similarly, audit once again represents nearly a third of new partners, at 28%.

In FY19, EY globally was named one of the World’s Best Workplaces for the fourth consecutive year by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE, and the #1 professional services employer for the third consecutive year by Universum.


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The MENA practice of EY has been operating in the region since 1923. For over 90 years, we have grown to over 7,500 people united across 21 offices and 16 countries, sharing the same values and an unwavering commitment to quality. As an organization, we continue to develop outstanding leaders who deliver exceptional services to our clients and who contribute to our communities. We are proud of our accomplishments over the years, reaffirming our position as the largest and most established professional services organization in the region.

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