Based in Dubai, David Cowan leads Spencer Stuart’s Energy Practice in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and he is also a member of the firm’s Industrial Practice. He brings to the firm more than a decade of experience serving clients across the energy value chain, including: upstream and downstream oil and gas, alternative and conventional power generation, water, infrastructure and the associated contracting, and services and equipment organisations. David is also experienced in serving infrastructure and services organisations as they expand their footprint across the MENA region. In addition to his experience with operating companies, David also works with institutional investors and private equity funds to support the growth and monetisation of portfolio companies, particularly in high technology areas such as oilfield services and alternative energy. He has lived and worked in the U.K., Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Deep energy and infrastructure expertise

  • Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, David led the energy practice for the MENA region at another international executive search firm. He was also a member of their infrastructure practice. He consulted both MENA-based and multinational organisations to help develop their leadership capabilities at the board and senior executive level.
  • Previously, David was a partner in the energy and infrastructure practices of another global search firm, working in both their Australia and Dubai offices.

David holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in genetics from the University of Leeds in England.

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