We accompany our clients wherever they choose to go Our Middle East Africa clients, whether multinational corporations or large domestic companies, no longer wish to search solely for specific skills and expertise; they also want candidates with experience in intercultural management.
Since 2006, Elzéar MidEast Africa has been building a network of talent made up of natives, expatriates and members of the diaspora who are culturally aware and open to Africa and the Middle East.

We have acquired valuable knowledge about compensation levels, competency assessment tools and adaptability in the different regions and countries covered.


Elzéar MidEast Africa est né de la rencontre de deux convictions : Since 2006, Elzéar has regularly conducted executive searches for major players in the Middle East and Africa, including multinational corporations and large domestic companies.

Elzéar MidEast Africa appartient au groupe Elzéar Executive Search, dont l’ensemble des équipes se tient à votre service :

Thibaud de Prémare


Franck Jullié


Emmanuel Pilard

Consultant senior

The Search and Recruiting Team

Thibaud de PRÉMARE

After completing business school and volunteering for two years in the Middle East...


In 2013, after graduating from IAE business school in Lyon...


Elzéar MidEast Africa helps the subsidiaries of multinational corporations and large domestic companies to identify and recruit talent within diaspora groups and expatriate communities.

Since 2006, we have built extensive recruitment experience in Africa and the Middle East, gaining in-depth knowledge about the compensation levels, adaptability and management skills required in a cross-cultural environment.
We are equally at ease working in French, English and Arabic.

Our expertise covers a broad spectrum of business sectors including :

  • Construction, Energy, oil, gas and natural resources
  • Luxury and retail
  • Agribusiness
  • Transportation
  • IT and communications
  • Financial services, banking and insurance
  • Consumer goods and distribution
  • Leisure, tourism and hospitality
  • Services


Elzéar MidEast Africa relies on Elzéar Executive Search best practices to identify and assess local talent and expatriates in the Middle East and Africa as well as members of the diaspora. Using this process, our firm is able to provide an applicant shortlist within four to six weeks. Throughout the search, weekly progress reports are sent to our clients.
Detailed analysis with the client of its sectorial and cultural context, of its organization; willingness to know the client beyond the information easily accessible to all.Detailed analysis with the client of its sectorial and cultural context, of its organization; willingness to know the client beyond the information easily accessible to all.
Complete review of the position to be filled and of the ideal candidate’s profile, creation of search guidelines.
Mapping of organizations most likely to offer the best candidates
Methodical, confidential contact with potential candidates or with contacts able to point us to the best candidates.
Assessment interviews with identified candidates that go beyond professional skills to focus on the finer details and soft skills.
Creation of candidate files based on due diligence and referrals; assistance during the final negotiation phase.
Coordination of candidate interviews with the client's various contacts, taking professional references from the finalists.
Support and follow-up of the candidate’s integration and development during their first year on the job.


Since 2006, Elzéar MidEast Africa has deployed its knowledge and expertise in direct approach recruitment throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Each of our consultants has personal experience which has enabled them to build and nurture close ties with the cultures of these regions.

Economic players in the Middle East and Africa, whether companies or candidates, are at the core of major financial, technical and political issues.

Our ability to thoroughly search for suitable candidates, combined with candidates’ historically strong culture of inter-regional mobility, have always driven our endeavors and success with key players in emerging and gulf countries.

We have achieved our excellent track record thanks to a deep understanding of the DNA of both our clients and their ideal candidate profiles.
Our approach is inspired by the core values promoted in Jean Giono’s “ The Man Who Planted Trees ”. Humility, attention to detail, determination and commitment to long-term relationships are as crucial to our firm as entrepreneurship, business agility and a results-oriented culture. This mindset enables us to uncover rare gems and earn the trust of highly sought-after candidates.

Elzéar MidEast Africa has a genuine interest in Africa and the Middle East and their economies, cultures and history. This interest fuels our ability to spot top talent for our clients from local and expatriate communities as well as the diaspora.

Highly qualified candidates who are able to rise to challenges in a complex multicultural environment are hard to find. Elzéar MidEast Africa uncovers those rare gems and, together with them, helps to write its clients’ success stories.


Since 2006, Elzéar MidEast Africa has successfully placed a number of candidates in the region:
North Africa
  • Deputy CEO, Morocco / Secure logistics leader
  • Directeur des Ressources Humaines, Égypte / Leader mondial de la production de ciment
  • Chief Financial Officer, Morocco / Large European company specializing in tourism
  • Responsable pays, Maroc / Leader mondial des solutions technologiques intégrées pour les entreprises utilisatrices de cuir ou textile
  • Sales Manager, North Africa / Railway parts manufacturer
West and Central Africa
  • Commercial Engineer, West Africa / Supplier of industrial equipment
  • Project Manager, Burkina Faso / Telecommunications company
  • Branch Manager, Central African Republic / World’s second largest player in concessions and construction
  • Director of Operations, Ghana / Agribusiness, social and solidarity economy
  • B2B Sales Manager, Nigeria / Perfume and fragrance sector
  • Deputy CEO, Cameroon, Director of Operations and Head of Purchasing and Logistics, Ivory Coast / Leading fruit producer in Africa
  • Technical Director, Cameroon / Rail operating company
  • Chief Financial Officer, Congo / Top French media and audiovisual holding company
East and South Africa
  • Commercial Director, Angola / Retailing and services leader in Africa and Overseas France
  • Sales, Africa / Supplier of industrial equipment
  • Country Sales Manager, Africa / Rail operating company
  • Consulting in Human Resources, Africa / Subsidiary of a French multinational
French Overseas Departments and Territories
  • Managing Director, New Caledonia / Banking sector
  • Commercial Director, Martinique / Water industry
  • Management Control Director, Guadeloupe / Specialized distribution
  • Branch Director (construction), Réunion / Major construction company
  • Branch Manager, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon / Banking sector
Middle East
  • Production Manager, Lebanon / Global leader in cement manufacturing
  • Chief Human Resources Officer, Qatar / World’s second largest player in concessions and construction
  • Assistant Manager - Watch Division, United Arab Emirates / Regional luxury business pioneer

Africa and the Middle East, especially with the dazzling economic development of Ethiopia or the splendor of Dubai, can present a façade where opportunities are numerous. However, the other side of the coin for all African and Middle Eastern countries is the difficulties inherent to cultural differences. When recruiting for a specialized or management position in these regions of the world, it is important to take into account all the variables that come into play for a successful recruitment. However, it is not certain that your internal recruiters have the knowledge and experience to know all these variables: the African and Middle Eastern labor markets have their own constraints. Our Elzéar MidEast Africa recruitment firm has the experience and cultural knowledge to help you successfully recruit the ideal candidate for the specialized position your company needs in the Middle East or Africa. Trust our expertise to ensure the success of your next specialized hire: contact us today.

What are the advantages of our recruitment agency's services?

Acquiring expertise takes time: if your in-house recruitment team has never recruited for specialized positions in Africa or the Middle East, they will need to spend a considerable amount of time getting to know all the ins and outs of the region's labor market.One of the main advantages of working with our Elzéar MidEast Africa recruitment firm is that our professional recruiters will handle most of the tasks in the recruitment process on behalf of your company. Our knowledge of Arabic and English combined with our specialized skills and unique sourcing methods allow us to make your recruitment for Africa and the Middle East more efficient. We take care of the initial phases of the hiring process: we identify qualified candidates, check their references, and evaluate their skills and abilities. We conduct the pre-screening of applications as well as the initial phone interviews. Finally, we introduce you to the shortlisted candidates who you will then meet to conduct further interviews. During the process, we provide support and advice to help you select the final candidate.

The availability

If your company does not have a dedicated recruitment department for the Middle East region, using our staffing services is probably the most strategic and cost-effective solution.Over time, our recruitment firm Elzéar MidEast Africa has gained specific experience and expertise in recruitment for Africa and the Middle East. We are now used to working with clients of different sizes and in different sectors. The knowledge we have gained from our projects will help you identify and achieve your strategic objectives in terms of specialized human resources.

Access to a larger pool of qualified candidates

Each time we complete a project, we expand our professional network and the pool of potential candidates we have access to. At Elzéar MidEast Africa, we comb through hundreds of candidate resumes for each specialized position we are assigned in order to find the ideal candidate.This expanded access to top talent includes not only immediately available candidates but also current talent.In our research, we integrate databases of specialized job boards, taking into account the relevance and marketing value of each one: this type of expertise can only be acquired with time and specialization in recruitment. We have many networks and each of our consultants will know how to choose the right source to put you in touch with the candidate with the ideal profile.

Freeing up time for recruitment

It's no secret that in the business world, time is a quantifiable investment. Every recruitment process takes time, especially if the candidate you are looking for has a particular specialization. Tasks such as posting job offers, searching for candidates and screening profiles often take time away from other day-to-day responsibilities. When you use our services, you save time: we take care of most of the initial recruitment processes. When you use our services, you save time: we take care of most of the initial recruitment process, allowing your employees to focus on activities that add more value to your company instead of spending their time doing work they are often not specialized enough in, especially for the Middle East and Africa region.The experts at our Elzéar MidEast Africa recruitment firm will also be able to take care of all the administrative issues, such as communicating with successful and unsuccessful candidates, as well as verifying candidate information such as their qualifications and references

An accelerated hiring process

When you choose to use our recruitment firm, you not only reduce the time and internal resources required for recruitment, but you will also be able to fill the specialized position you need more quickly. By helping you put talent in place faster in the Middle East or Africa, Elzéar MidEast Africa offers your company the opportunity to optimize the hiring process and deliver value sooner.

Reduced risk of new employee turnover

Perhaps one of the most expensive aspects of the recruitment process for any organization is the turnover of new employees. The costs of filling a specialized position are numerous and include the time and resources required to hire and train a new employee. Another important factor to consider when recruiting a candidate for a specialized position in Africa or the Middle East is the ability of the selected candidate to adapt to the country and integrate into the often multinational work team.Our recruitment firm Elzéar MidEast Africa will evaluate the profile of each shortlisted candidate through their experience. Our recruitment professionals check the candidates' background, through references and conduct preliminary interviews to ensure that the candidate matches what he/she promises on his/her resume. This way, we help you select the right talent for the right role the first time, increasing your employee retention rate while decreasing your turnover rate.

Knowledge of the market

The days when a foreign company would launch itself without prior knowledge of the market in Africa or the Middle East are over. The same is true for the selection of candidates to be placed in specialized positions in these regions. This is where our multicultural sector expertise and knowledge of these markets and their constraints come into play and become a major asset for your company. For example, our knowledge of the legal requirements and aspects applicable in the various countries of Africa and the Middle East will enable us to answer your questions as well as those of candidates regarding expatriation.Our team of recruiters for Africa and the Middle East are specialists in these markets and will know how to source the best talent.They will also be able to provide you with their sound advice on career expectations, the current complexities of recruitment, the available skills and shortages. For example, if it is difficult to locate talent with the right skills, our recruiting professionals will be able to recommend alternative solutions. If your company is having difficulty determining compensation for the specialized position you need to fill in Africa or the Middle East, our team of recruitment professionals will be able to give you an accurate compensation figure using locally collected data and knowledge of the local labor market.

Why use our recruitment agency?

By using our Elzéar MidEast Africa recruitment agency, your company will save money in the short and long term. Firstly, you will save on the costs of communication and publication on the main job boards and other communication media, thus ensuring the visibility of the position to be filled. Secondly, not only will you be able to reduce the costs associated with screening and initial interviews, but our recruitment professionals in Africa and the Middle East will also be able to advise you on negotiating the compensation of the selected candidate to avoid overpaying your employee. During the hiring process, our experts will be able to answer candidates' questions so that they can familiarize themselves in advance with the constraints and requirements of the job market and life in the Middle East and Africa. This way, once the selected candidate is in place, he or she will lose less time during the installation process since he or she will have all the necessary information beforehand and will therefore be able to be effective more quickly. Finally, when we develop a working relationship of trust with a company, we will be able to better understand its requirements and expectations in terms of recruitment. Thus, your future recruitments will be de facto easier and faster since our team will be able to identify the qualities necessary for the candidate to meet the requirements of the position. As your partner, we will be your eyes and ears on the African and Middle Eastern job market. To learn more about what it would be like to partner with our Elzéar MidEast Africa recruitment firm, contact our team of experts today