meet the team
– Working in financial markets in Europe, the Middle East and Asia for a combined 50+ years
– Running asset management businesses for global institutions
– Direct responsibility (in these previous roles) for hiring financial talent
– A global network of high-level contacts and connections with other financial professionals
Head of Research
Steven de Vries
Nigel is the Chief Executive Officer of Insight Discovery, the research engine behind FS Executive that has established an award-winning reputation over the past decade as the go-to consultancy for financial services market intelligence and strategic communications in the Middle East.
Nigel has lived in the region since 2001, working at HSBC Asset Management, Newton Fund Managers, BNY Mellon, and Thames River Capital, before setting up Insight Discovery. It has since been voted Best Consultancy Firm (Middle East) by Global Investor, part of Euromoney, every year from 2014-2019, and Best Research Company in 2015 and 2016 by MENA FM’s Fund Services Power 30, an annual guide to the most important figures in fund services.
In 2018 and 2019, Nigel appeared in the International Adviser IA 100 list as one of the most influential executives in the offshore financial services industry.
Nigel is married and has two teenage daughters. He went to Oxford Brookes university and is a freeman of the City of London.
Nick is Managing Director and Co-founder of FS Executive, as well as Founder of Beyond Thinking Ltd. He is an author, entrepreneur, NLP new code trainer, international coach and mentor.
Now based in the UK, Nick has over 30 years’ experience in financial services across the UK, EMEA and Asia. He has successfully recruited and managed talent in financial services, having held many senior roles with a focus on asset management, wealth management and insurance.
Nick recruits into mid and senior level positions across these specialities. More recently, he has also increasingly been working with fintech, insuretech and payments providers.
In addition, Nick has an MBA and is a fellow of the Institute of Sales Management. He is also a mentor with Reach Mentoring in the Middle East and Tara mentoring in the UK – not-for-profit organisations focusing on increasing inclusion diversity and culture within financial services.
Sudha started her career in recruitment and has spent the past seven years developing her research skills at Insight Discovery. She has a deep understanding of researching and mapping candidates, successfully managing numerous complex projects for financial services companies across the Middle East.
Sudha is a fast learner when it comes to research and other tools. She is an expert in various methodologies – across surveying, data mining and analysis – as well as in website design and video production. She also has experience in employee engagement and strategic communications.
Sudha has an MBA in Marketing and HR. During her spare time, she teaches aptitude tests for college students.
Stuart Alexander is founder and CEO of GemCap UK, which commenced business in 2009. Chairman of GemCap Investment Funds Plc and a Director of Gemini Capital Management (Ireland) Limited.
He has over 35 years’ experience in the fund management industry and has previously held senior positions in Sales and Marketing for some of the world’s largest asset managers.
Yvonne is the founder of Cara Executive Search, a specialist Financial Services search consultancy. She has a strong track record in retained executive search in the UK, EMEA and the US, across a range of disciplines within Investment Management, FinTech and the broader Financial Services market.
In addition to Yvonne’s experience in executive recruitment and management consulting, she spent 10 years in industry, on the buy-side within Corporate & Investment Banking.
Yvonne strives to build an in-depth picture of her clients’ strategic talent roadmap, so that she can introduce them to high-calibre individuals who can drive the business forward. She takes pride in being a credible ambassador for the clients she represents.
She earned a BComm degree (Honours) from University College Cork.
He also has extensive experience in working with and managing international, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams. At his previous company he successfully transformed and developed a European wholesale business and created and led a Global Financial Institutions team.
Steven speaks four languages and has a track record as Board member and Director of various corporate entities, including 2 Luxembourg SICAV boards.