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Saeeda Jaffar
Managing Director, Strategy & Performance Improvement at Alvarez & Marsal


Dr. Saeeda Jaffar is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal. She leads the Strategy & Performance Improvement team and is the Co-Head of the Middle East.

Dr. Jaffar brings more than 18 years of experience in management consulting and industry expertise, focusing on a wide range of strategic and performance-related issues across multiple sectors. Dr. Jaffar has worked in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. In her consulting roles, she has worked with clients across a range of industries, specializing in financial services, private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, healthcare, real estate and government institutions and family-owned businesses.

Dr. Jaffar specializes in delivering pragmatic and practical solutions to strategic issues, to drive bottom-line impact and rapid results, delivered in a variety of client situations. She is also currently a Board Member at Bahrain Fintech Bay.

Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Dr. Jaffar was a Principal at Bain & Company, a leading global strategy management consulting firm. Prior to that, she was with McKinsey and Company, serving clients across the U.S., Europe and the GCC. In those roles, she served financial institutions in the GCC, and focused on corporate, retail, wholesale and digital banking strategy, cost reduction and sales boost programs, performance turn-around, process optimization, customer experience enhancement, post-merger integration (PMI), international expansion and operating model design and commercial due diligences.

Dr. Jaffar earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University, where she was the valedictorian, and earned a master's degree and a doctorate in chemical engineering from MIT. She was also an EDAAD Scholar.

Agenda Sessions

  • Bringing MENA up to date: Agility, innovation and staying relevant in the age of disruption

  • How is technology reshaping the UAE wealth management landscape?