Background / Heritage

CDS (Consulting and Development Services)  is an independent management consulting boutique focused on high value-add advisory services. As the pioneers of management consulting in the Middle-East, CDS was established in 1994 and has developed into one of the leading consultancies in the Arab World.


CDS aspires to be a reference in the field of management consulting. From its main offices in Beirut, Lebanon, CDS focuses on private and family businesses that operate in the Gulf, Middle-East & North Africa.


Driven by passion and a genuine care for meeting its clients’ objectives and on making a tangible and long-lasting impact, at both the business and the individual levels, CDS uses a holistic approach to transform companies into world-class “institutions.” Such that they can outlive their founders, overcome their reliance on a few individuals, and continue to make a valuable contribution to the economies in which they operate.


Since its inception, CDS has recognized this requirement of “institutionalization” for most businesses in the region. We accompany our clients and remain actively involved throughout the entire institutionalization process, including the design and development of the most appropriate solutions and their adoption at all levels.


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


We are also careful to “institutionalize” know-how, which is generally disseminated throughout the company and often in the minds of key employees, so that it becomes the intellectual property of the client organization and one of its key assets.


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


Building on its accumulated expertise 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 top ranking organizations rediscover and capture their true goals.