Maliha Jilani


Maliha Jilani is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Dubai office and leads the Social Impact Practice in the Middle East and North Africa region. She also leads our executive search work in Pakistan. As a member of the global Social Impact Practice, Maliha has led engagements for clients in the areas of government & policy, culture & arts, philanthropy, and education, including academic and functional roles across higher education and schools.


Maliha has worked for 20 years in senior global and cross-industry roles in management consulting, project management, and executive search. Maliha’s clients have included governments, multinationals, family conglomerates, and M&A clients in sectors including higher education, education markets, non-profit, consulting, financial services, and hospitality.

Maliha previously worked as a managing consultant for IBM Business Consulting Services (previously PricewaterhouseCoopers) where she managed financial transformation change programs for private and public sector clients. In this role she helped companies across the United States to design and implement organizational change through recruiting, training, coaching, and organizational alignment. Maliha has also worked with individual senior executives to initiate, drive, and lead strategic change, organizational redesign, and business process improvement at Fortune 500 firms in multiple industry sectors.

She is fluent in English and Urdu and has a working knowledge of French. She also understands basic Arabic.


University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, BSc in Commerce