Alain Deniau


Alain Deniau is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Dubai office and a member of the global Industrial Practice. He also leads the CEO & Board of Directors Practice in Dubai. He has extensive experience in senior cross-border assignments within Asia as well as between Europe and Asia. Previously, Alain was managing partner of the firm's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.


With experience across Dubai, Paris, London, Hong Kong, China, Japan, and Singapore, Alain specializes in international CEO and board directors search assignments, board advisory, and leadership consulting. As a member of the CEO & Board Practice covering board and non-executive director searches, Alain advises companies on board of directors' performance, CEO succession planning, and governance.

An accomplished consultant with more than two decades of executive search and leadership advisory experience, Alain began his career as a construction engineer and property developer in Asia. He has achieved a strong reputation among top company leaders across a wide spectrum of sectors including natural resources, construction & engineering, airports, transportation, utilities, and property & real estate.

During his career at Heidrick & Struggles, Alain has spearheaded various thought leadership articles including Route to the Top 2019 and Building an Effective and Diverse Board. In addition, Alain has represented the firm at several top leadership events including the World Economic Forum in Africa and Asia. Strongly committed to diversity and inclusion, Alain is one of the firm's spokesperson on diversity initiatives, sharing his views at press conferences and client events, and has been frequently quoted in the media.

He is fluent in French and English.


Civil Engineering School of Paris (ESTP), MSc

INSEAD, MBA and Board Member Certification in International Directors Program