OUR TEAM 2017-12-08T08:42:09+00:00

Our Team

Sousou Partners’ dynamic team of Executive Search professionals brings superior Real Estate, Hospitality and Infrastructure knowledge, proven credentials and experience, international diversity and experience, far-reaching global coverage, extensive language capabilities, and long-standing industry relationships to every assignment. Every member of Sousou Partners’ organization is thoroughly versed in the latest industry trends and conditions, further allowing us to successfully tailor searches to current market conditions and to deliver the right mix of services to meet our clients’ goals and objectives.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Ghada Sousou is the CEO of Sousou Partners.

Ghada conducts senior management recruiting assignments for clients worldwide, and runs Sousou Partners’ management consulting solutions business, including succession planning and deal / operating platform introductions.

Before founding Sousou Partners, Ghada spent five years as a fund manager at Wafra Investment Advisory Group in New York where she was responsible for building and managing a portfolio of equity and treasury investments in Latin America, Southern Europe and the Middle East.

Ghada completed her MBA at Babson Graduate School, and received her BA in Computer Science from Boston College. She speaks Arabic and French, as well as basic Greek and Spanish.

Serene is a Managing Partner with responsibility over Sousou Partners’ clients globally across the Real Assets suite: Real Estate, Infrastructure, Energy, and Hospitality.

Prior to joining Sousou Partners, Serene’s background was in business development and expansion across industries and geographies. She started her career in 1994 in the retail industry, then spent eight years with Trading Technologies, then Fin Tech startup and leading software vendor in derivatives trading. There, she was responsible for global strategic accounts and was an integral part of growing the business in Europe and Asia.

Serene completed her MBA at Cass Business School (City University London), specialising in International Business, and received her Maîtrise de Sciences de Gestion from the Sorbonne (Université Paris I). She speaks French, Arabic and basic Spanish.

Maaike is a Managing Partner with responsibility for Sousou Partners’ Operations globally and providing senior client coverage for Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Sousou Partners, Maaike worked for Carlson Companies and British Airways. She has over 20 years of management experience with a strong track record in client services, marketing, change management and human resources. She has led large diverse teams in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, and across Scandinavia.

Maaike obtained her MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management and has a BA in Business Studies from Middlesex University.

She speaks Dutch as well as basic French and Greek.

Oji Okolie is a Partner in our London Office. She covers Real Estate and Infrastructure across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Sousou Partners Oji was a member of the Not for Profit Team at Russell Reynolds Associates. Her focus there was on senior level assignments for a variety of sectors including Government, Higher Education, the Voluntary Sector and International Development.

Oji graduated with an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and achieved a BA in Ancient History from the University of Exeter.

Kleon Phili has joined Sousou Partners as a Senior Advisor based in New York.

Kleon has over 30 years of extensive US and International business and real estate experience. He has successfully managed and/or started up practices in the US, Europe and Asia. Kleon has multiple service line knowledge within the financial advisory segment. His client service expertise is in business valuations and has worked with global, private, listed and private equity companies covering numerous industries.

Previously he was Managing Director -European Valuation Practice Leader4 at Alvarez & Marsal where he Launched A&M’s European valuation practice from green field in the UK and Germany. Kleon built a team of locally recruited professionals to service European based clients; and was responsible for revenue generation, marketing and establishing brand recognition for A&M in Europe.

Prior to that, he was Executive VP: Financial Advisory Global Segment Leader & Executive Committee Member at Duff & Phelps (D&P) out of New York and London. Kleon also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York from 1992 – 2001, and Standard & Poor’s, New York from 2001-2005.

Kleon holds a M.B.A. in Finance, Fordham University & B.E. in Civil/Structural Engineering, Manhattan College.

 

SENIOR TEAM

Jamie is a Senior Consultant based in Sousou Partners’ London office.

Prior to joining Sousou Partners, Jamie worked for seven years at a leading boutique executive search firm in Hong Kong where he concentrated on the Asia Pacific real estate market. Before transitioning into real estate, he focused on the research and execution of searches in the equity and investment banking sectors where he worked on a number of senior, cross-border searches for leading investment banking clients.

Jamie graduated with a BA in History with a concentration in Chinese History and Politics from the University of Leeds.

Peter is a Senior Consultant based in Sousou Partners’ London office.

Prior to joining Sousou Partners, Peter worked at Lutyens da Cunha for seven years, a leading alternatives boutique executive search firm in London.  He spent a further two years at another boutique executive search firm in London which targeted operational/infrastructure mandates across the buy and sell side.  He has extensive experience working with some of the leading alternatives platforms in Europe and the Middle East.

Peter graduated with a BA in Theology/Sociology from the University of Edinburgh and holds a B.Com (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town.