Executive Search Firm specializing in the Africa, Middle East and Overseas markets

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Thibaud de PRÉMARE


After graduating from business school and starting his career as an export sales manager for 4 years in a French group, he joined a headhunting firm. There he conducted recruitment missions in France and internationally, particularly in the Middle East.

He founded Elzéar in 2007 with the idea of creating a tailor-made recruitment boutique for companies aiming for excellence and leadership in their market. The firm aims to be a value-creating partnership for both its consultants and its clients.


Romain de VRIES


After graduating from business school, Romain traveled abroad, then served as an officer in a parachute regiment. He then worked in Colombia in the tourism sector and in Malaysia in the medical sector. In 2002, he joined Cargill Cacao in Côte d’Ivoire as Purchasing Manager, before being transferred to the Netherlands in 2006 to work as a futures trader. It was during these years that he developed a passion for Africa. In 2008, he worked as a journalist and humanitarian in Myanmar, Alaska and Madagascar, before joining the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where he worked in the West Bank, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan. He returned to Paris in 2015 to head up Caritas France’s International Emergencies department, a position that took him to many countries in Africa and the Middle East. The upheaval in North/South relations he witnessed in the field made him take a more pragmatic approach to global economic challenges. In 2022, he left the humanitarian field to become a consultant in international risk management, while lecturing at Sciences Po on countries in conflict. In 2023, he joined Elzéar, where he assists a variety of clients in their subtle search for intercultural executives and managers for their operations in Africa, the Middle East and French overseas departments and territories.

Romain enjoys outdoor sports and literature, especially Joseph Kessel novels.

He is trilingual in English and Spanish.

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