About us

Who We Are

CDS (Consulting and Development Services) is an independent management consulting firm focused on the provision of high value-added advisory services.

Established in 1994 as a pioneer of management consulting in the Middle East, CDS has developed into one of the leading consultancies in the Middle East and North African region, with a primary focus on Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Lebanon.

Driven by passion and a genuine care for meeting its clients’ objectives, CDS has successfully completed assignments for organizations operating in a diverse range of industries: Oil & Gas, Retail & Distribution, Insurance, Financial Services, Contracting & Construction Materials, Industrial Manufacturing, Non-Profit, etc.

Building on its accumulated expertise of a quarter century and on the abilities of its consultants, CDS crafts customized solutions to suit the specific needs of clients in different sectors of the economy. Our practical approach and our focus on implementation from day one on the job have already helped many leading organizations rediscover and achieve their true goals.

CDS offers geographic and cultural proximity to its clients. While our consultants combine a wide array of expertise with broad international exposure, they all have as well a thorough understanding of the region’s business environment and cultural sensitivities.

CDS is also committed to be a model institution that provides a uniquely attractive and fulfilling work environment.

Our Vision

CDS aims to be a reference in high value-adding professional services for clients in all sectors of the economy.

Our Values

Underlying everything we do, is our core set of values:

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Care
  • Commitment
  • Results driven


In everything we do, we thrive to positively impact our society and environment.

We ensure that all our activities and practices are aligned with applicable laws and regulations, and we remain up to date with any new legal practices.

We are committed to ethical workplace and business practices, and have no tolerance for corruption, unprofessional act, or unfair behavior. We always remain true to our integrity vis-à-vis our company, employees, clients, partners, and society as a whole.

We dedicate time and resources to contribute to the communities where we live and others around the world, primarily through our continuous support to the Happy Childhood Foundation (HCF): https://forahappychildhood.org.

We are constantly engaged in conservation efforts related to water use, pollution, recycling, and energy consumption.

Key Executives

  • Georges Hatem | Chairman & CEO

    Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of CDS, Georges Hatem has more than 30 years of management consulting experience. His work has covered a wide variety of industries in the private and public sectors, as well as non-profit organizations. Prior to establishing CDS in 1994, Georges worked with prominent consulting firms in Europe, where he actively participated in vision engineering, strategy definition, reorganization, and operations improvement projects for companies in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
    As an expert with extensive consulting experience, Georges is often invited to speak about change management and family businesses in local, regional, and international forums. Georges holds a Master’s and a Post-Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from INSEAD.
    He is also the Founder and President of the Happy Childhood Foundation.

    Georges is constantly in search of discovery, be it during his travels, extensive reading, or by looking for unusual objects to collect; he enjoys walking and swimming, and has a special interest in nature and wildlife.

  • Khaled Bachir | Senior Vice President & Partner

    Khaled Bachir joined CDS at the start of 2008 and has since managed strategy and management consulting assignments for companies operating in the construction, manufacturing, oil & gas, industrial services, hospitality, and banking sectors.
    Prior to joining CDS, Khaled held several positions in the Middle East and Europe. He acted as a management consultant with prominent consulting firms in Dubai, France, and as Operations Manager with a global marketing and communications consulting firm based in Cyprus.
    A graduate of the American University of Beirut (AUB) with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, ESSEC’s MBA, and Harvard Business School’s Leadership Development Program, Khaled's 15 years of international work experience brings strategic, change management, marketing, and communications skills to CDS.

    He is fluent in English, Arabic, and French.

    Khaled is a sports, technology, and DIY enthusiast. He loves to travel and discover new cultures. Above all, he cherishes the time he spends with his family.



  • Sima Taha | Vice President & Partner

    Sima Taha joined CDS in August 2008. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Minor in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut (AUB); she also holds a Master’s degree in Finance & Accounting from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) in the UK, and a Management Acceleration Program Certificate from INSEAD.

    Since she joined CDS, Sima has worked on strategy, business process reengineering, and implementation assignments for companies in the automotive, private equity, banking, insurance, hospitality, oil & gas services, consumer goods, and retail industries.
    She currently holds the position of Vice President for Corporate Development, responsible among other things of Knowledge Management and Quality Control.

    She is fluent in English, Arabic, and French.

    Sima is passionate about traveling and exploring new destinations and cultures. She enjoys adventure activities and is fond of watching biographical documentaries and thrillers.