About

OVERVIEW

We hire top-bracket talent for investors and rapidly-growing companies globally - including Venture Capital & Private Equity funds, Startups, Scaleups and Industry leaders. Many of our clients are industry disruptors and innovators, addressing commercial and social challenges - and they demand the very best talent to drive their growth.

Our candidates are educated at leading universities and typically trained in Consulting, Investment Banking and Advisory firms. At the heart of our approach lies a dedication to the highest standards and transparency in our processes. We view every client as a partner, placing long-term success ahead of short-term gains.

We are based in Dubai, bridging our European experience with the burgeoning economies of Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Our work for you
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OUR APPROACH

We carefully maintain the quality of our candidate network. Depth, not breadth, is key.

At the most junior level, our candidates have a minimum of a degree from a top-ranking institution. As the levels of experience rise, we thoroughly assess each candidate's track record, high performance and motivations.

We don't claim to cover every function and every industry - nor do we take on more work than we're capable of. Every assignment starts with gaining a clear understanding of your business, goals and expectations.

OUR SECTORS

Rapidly growing private and investor-backed companies.

Private Equity & Venture Capital, Family Offices, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Asset Management / Hedge Funds

Partnering with Strategy & Corporate Development, Business Development, Operations teams across all industries.

Assignments:

  • #CxO
  • #Chief of Staff
  • #Strategy / Special Projects
  • #Operations
  • # Ask us!

Assignments:

  • #Investment team
  • #Portfolio & Value Creation team
  • #CxO and Advisory
  • #Operating Partners
  • #Portfolio company hires

Assignments:

  • #CxO
  • #Strategy & Corporate Development
  • #Business Development
  • #Operations
  • #Future Leaders' & Talent Pipelining

OUR TEAM

Kunaal Khemlani

Founder / MD

Kunaal specialises in searches for Investment Professionals and various Leadership positions, whilst managing the firm’s operations.

Previously, he spent several years with a specialist recruiter in London.

In his spare time he can be found supporting his beloved Manchester United, travelling and drinking coffee anywhere that isn’t Starbucks.

 

Asma Momin

Head of Operations

Asma is an experienced operations professional with a background in managing projects.

She excels at optimizing processes and driving efficiency.

Outside the office, Asma enjoys the beach, finding solace in the sandy shores and spending time with her 9 siblings (yes, 9).

Rayhaan Hajat

Senior Associate

Rayhaan specialises in searches for Investment Professionals and Leadership positions in the Commercial and Financial areas. He has a reputation for delivering exceptional results within the UAE and KSA markets.

Previously, he worked at an Executive Search Firm based in Dubai.

In his spare time, he can be found at the gym, playing and watching sports and travelling.

What ties them together?

A desire to recruit the very best candidates from Consulting, Advisory, Investment Banking, and Operational backgrounds.


OUR SERVICE

We partner with great companies who share our values. Our expertise and focus on creating great experiences, ensures fewer pain points in complex recruitment processes.
From our curated network, we source and present highly-vetted candidates.


Every client is our most important.
Though you may share high standards, each business is different. If you don't know exactly who you're looking for, or where you'll find them, many recruiters might walk away. This is our edge.

Ascent Search takes a thorough search approach to show our clients the complete candidate market available to them.
We collaborate with you to ensure you find the right person, not only the available one.

CANDIDATES

Our candidates are drawn from 4 areas: Consulting, Advisory, Investment Banking and leading Business Schools.

We consider this our 'addressable market,' engaging only the very best candidates for assignments. The curated network maintains an edge for Clients and Candidates, as we spend our time on value-add activities: building relationships, marketing opportunities, screening & shortlisting, managing processes and onboarding.

VALUES & ETHICS

We represent clients as an extension of their business, staying true to their values and enhancing their brand.

Agility

We manage complex processes and changes in direction. We act precisely, skillfully balancing multiple projects.

Partnership

We focus on long-term outcomes and shared goals.

Meticulous

We are detailed-oriented specialists, giving you confidence in the process.

Curiosity

Committed to learning about our clients' businesses, developing our worldview and our performance.

Transparency

Clear and direct communication – about our expertise, fees and processes.

Advocate

We champion the strength and diversity of our clients and candidates.