Thomas is a Paris-based lawyer who joined Beyond Borders Consulting’s Board of Directors in September 2017. He heads up the white-collar crime practice of a magic circle law firm in France. Thomas predominantly acts in criminal and administrative investigations, representing individuals and companies facing allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, and other types of offences. Thomas also assists clients in pre-contentious and litigation matters in civil and commercial law.
Thomas has advised numerous clients on how to safely operate in emerging markets where risks of corruption and bribery are high. Through his experience, Thomas is able to advise Beyond Borders Consulting’s management on a wide range of issues from legal requirements faced by the company around the world to strategic advice on its future development.
Dilan heads up the research and business intelligence function at Beyond Borders Consulting and has facilitated a number of local and cross border C-Suite and board level assignments. Especially excited by the automotive sector, she has experience across a wide range of industries ranging from FMCG and building materials to the financial industry.
Prior to joining the firm, Dilan spent the majority of her career in the legal sphere working with both corporate and private clients. Motivated by the technical detail in her work, Dilan also enjoys engaging with people from different cultures and backgrounds. She brings passion and a wealth of commercial knowledge to her role.
Koos is a business improvement specialist with extensive experience in formulating and implementing innovative and practical business solutions for organisations across a wide range of industries.
His background in chemical engineering combined with strong business acumen provide him with the unique ability to simplify complex challenges into workable solutions.
He has achieved significant success in managing multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams in world-leading FMCG, mining and financial services organisations in both developed and developing markets.
As a Senior Advisor, Koos is able to effortlessly transform our clients’ strategic visions into clear, detailed implementation plans that deliver results.
Kanayo is one of our Senior Advisors, responsible for new market strategies, acquisition target identification and advising on private equity planning.
An experienced executive with multi-geography expertise in leading consumer businesses, Kanayo is well versed in strategy, start-up, multi-channel sales, marketing, and operations and transformation.
He demonstrates a rare and unique mix of both strategic and operational capabilities. This is evident in his strong marketing, commercial, finance and consulting abilities combined with his inherent skill to quickly adapt as a pioneer business leader in complex, emerging, culturally diverse and highly competitive markets.
Kanayo has significant emerging markets experience, specifically in the consumer goods sector. This is largely due to his 12+ year tenure in the L’Oreal Group in various leadership posts, including as GM of the Consumer Products Division for Sub-Saharan Africa.
His positions in top global growth, venture and capital companies have also evinced a sound knowledge and understanding of the private equity sector.
Head of Business Advisory
Hesham is a highly skilled business leader with deep-rooted experience in the competitive environments of Southern and West Africa as well as Eastern Europe. His powerful strategic focus, inherent entrepreneurial thinking and ability to proficiently manage complex business scenarios in equally complex markets have driven his success in working with distributors and establishing sustainable new businesses.
Having been with the L’Oreal Group for more than 20 years in a number of board-level assignments, Hesham has developed a solid solutions-driven approach to business. This is fuelled by his innate curiosity; determination to explore, unpack and solve complicated challenges; and venture into uncharted territories.
As the Head of Business Advisory, he advises our clients on a range of strategic growth issues, including new market entry strategies; acquisition target identification; commercial and marketing activities; and supply chain and operations. He is also instrumental in conducting technical interviews with candidates, and facilitating distribution partnership introductions on behalf of our clients.
In addition to these advisory roles, Hesham is currently engaged in the development of several start-ups and micro enterprises in a diversity of fields ranging from traditional FMCG to micro finance.
Deeply passionate about the emerging markets, Eylem has built her career on delivering first-class services to clients across the globe, most notably in Turkey, the CIS countries, the Middle East and Africa. Years of partnering with global powerhouses have provided her with unparalleled experience in some of the world’s most complex countries, augmenting her first-hand knowledge of, and enhancing her proficient skills in working at board and executive levels in these markets.
This strong executive background combined with her love for the emerging markets prompted Eylem to establish Beyond Borders Consulting, with the idea of bringing together high calibre people to work, and make a tangible difference in developing countries.
Central to her way of working is the belief that local cultural, political and economic knowledge is vital to ensuring the best hire for her clients. She invests considerable time and resources in gaining hands-on experience within the territories she operates, which in the past have included Iran, Russia, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast. This invaluable local knowledge connects her to an ever-expanding network of current, market-leading talent.
For Eylem, having a positive impact on emerging markets is a crucial facet of her work. To this end she uses her specialist expertise to train and mentor talented young individuals within the communities she works – many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is also an avid champion of women in business, holding regular networking events and using her influence with her clients to achieve meaningful change.