Ralph Maenen


Office Location: Dubai

Phone: +971 4 376 4600

Ralph Maenen is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Dubai office and a member of the Heidrick Consulting Practice. He has 18 years of consulting experience focusing predominantly on strategy development, performance improvement, and organization effectiveness.

Ralph has worked on clients engagements including capability development of the CFO organization of a Middle East-based utility company, including training 150 finance professionals on accounting, cost control, business planning, and performance review. He has reorganized the headquarters of a Saudi-based global leader in petrochemical products and led the design of the new organization’s structure, including developing job descriptions and KPIs.

Additional projects include a human resource strategy for a Saudi utility company, including performance evaluation and learning and development, and the design and implementation of a global shared service center for a leading audit company, where he designed an offshore hub along with required processes to carry out the work remotely. He also delivered a performance improvement program for a leading global retailer with over 40Bn revenue, driving 20% EBIT improvement through enhancing sales and operations.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Ralph worked with Booz & Company, McKinsey & Company, and with SparkOptimus, a McKinsey spinoff focusing solely on digital transformation.

Ralph has worked in a broad range of industries, including consumer goods and retail, transportation and hospitality, financial services, energy and chemicals, and engineering and construction. He has more than 7 years of work experience in the Middle East (UAE, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon).


Ralph earned a masters degree in aerospace engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.