Antal International DIFC was established in January 2020 by Jonathan Jones and Conor McHugh, to focus entirely on Senior Finance (including all accounting, tax and treasury disciplines), across all sectors within Commerce & Industry and Financial Services.
We partner with a range of clients, from global multinationals, to local SME’s and regional organisations. We place both international and local candidates, who offer a broad and diverse skillset, born out of our own recruiting credentials when in London. As an office, we also offer complete fluency in English and Arabic.
Geographically, we cover UAE and wider GCC and MENA territories, and also continue to take mandates
across UK and West Europe (thanks to Jonathan’s longstanding network there), and Asia Pacific
(particularly China), thanks to Antal’s great presence in these markets.
Jonathan is Managing Partner at Antal International DIFC and has over 25 years’ experience in the financial recruitment sector. His key focus is towards senior executive appointments across Commerce & Industry, with a particular focus towards the FMCG, Healthcare and Branded Support Services sectors.
Jonathan ‘s clients are predominantly blue-chip international companies and he continues to enjoy loyal, longstanding relations with these, both domestically and internationally. He blends this prestigious client base with the outstanding global coverage Antal provides him with. His in-depth knowledge of cultural nuances with each client underpinned by Antal’s international infrastructure at regional and country level, allows him to deliver the exacting results essential for successful executive appointments.
He also enjoys the supportive role that Antal provides to his franchise owned operation, allowing him to focus on the frontline operational aspects of running Antal International DIFC.
Conor is an Equity Partner at Antal International DIFC and has over 5 years’ experience in the financial recruitment sector. Prior to working in recruitment, Conor trained and qualified with KPMG in Audit. He subsequently gained valuable insight into the Commerce & Industry sectors by performing Financial Reporting and FP&A roles within a leading global FMCG multinational. This broad financial insight has equipped him with a sound appreciation and empathy to his clients’ exacting requirements when
recruiting other finance professionals.
He has a wide client base, predominately in E-Commerce, Professional Services, Oil and Gas and Fintech. He focuses on mid to senior end finance appointments across UAE and the wider Gulf region. He commenced his recruitment career in the London office of a leading global recruiter before transferring to Dubai with them in 2017.
Weam is a bilingual, Arabic & English-speaking consultant at Antal International DIFC, focused on the financial and accountancy recruitment sector. She completed her BA in International Relations from the University of Nottingham in 2016 and engaged in Research & Development projects within various NGOs (non-government organizations) across Asia, based in Kuala Lumpur.
She commenced her recruitment career with a London headquartered international recruiter within its Dubai office. She sourced and subsequently placed candidates within Accounting, Tax and Treasury roles on behalf of government entities, multinational companies, family groups and SMEs across the GCC region. Additionally, Weam offers in depth and highly sophisticated talent mapping to support recruitment solutions. She focuses towards a range of client sectors, with a particular emphasis on Technology, including E-Commerce and Fintech.
Pooja is another UK (London Office) “Big 4” trained chartered accountant to join the team at Antal International DIFC, after deciding to make a career switch into the Recruitment space.
Following qualification, she subsequently joined L’Oréal, both in the UK and Middle East, in addition to Warner Brother Studios. She brings a wealth of experience across a varied portfolio of Professional Services and multinational organisations.
Pooja understands the importance of building a strong foundation of trust and open dialogue throughout, and looks forward to expanding her network within the Middle East. She appreciates the ‘candidate experience’ better than most, having experienced life from the other side of the desk.
Subsequently her empathy and genuine career partnering skillset encourages candidates to rely on her objective, insightful advice, and develop meaningful long-term relationships. This includes today’s
candidate becoming tomorrow’s client.
Alex is a Principal Consultant at Antal International DIFC and brings 14 years’ of diverse talent acquisition experience, the last ten of which have been within UAE. She partners with both local and international firms in addition to supporting Emiratisation initiatives on behalf of UAE’s largest government entities.
Having spent time as an in-house recruiter with Hill International’s claims and consulting group, Alex has witnessed first-hand the complexities and challenges from the inside, both across MENA and Asia. She most recently worked with British Cost and Project Management Consultants Turner & Townsend placing a number of strategic roles and focusing on staffing projects in regions across the GCC, with a particular focus to Oman and KSA.
Alex will be developing our recruiting capability within HR and Talent Acquisition, in addition to leveraging her outstanding skillset across claims, disputes resolution and expert witness services, project management, quantity surveying and planning for the construction industry across the region.
Bernice received her Bachelor’ Degree in Hotel Management from University of Eastern Philippines, and subsequently held various Senior administrative and support roles, based in Manila. This included running the Communications team of a global Hospitals multinational.
She then relocated to Dubai in 2015 joining a leading global recruiter based at DIFC. She supported all administrative and operational aspects of a high performing team operating across the GCC region.
Bernice joined Antal International DIFC in January 2020, where she supports Jonathan and the wider team in all areas of running this franchise owned business. She interacts with Antal’s London Head Office, which supports Antal DIFC’s franchise operations in key areas such as Marketing, IT and Accounting matters.