With broad geographic experience encompassing the Middle East, Africa, Asia, USA and Europe, Deborah has an understanding of various cultures and markets, with a particular interest in emerging and frontier markets.
Previously a Partner in Korn Ferry’s Middle East practice, Deborah specialised in cross-border searches and has a strong track record in building and retaining high-performance teams. During her time with the firm, she observed the impact of business in developing economies. Wanting to develop a more sustainable way of doing business, she analysed over 300 in-depth interviews with founders, senior executives and high-performance teams. The findings underpin AMANI™ – the key traits and circumstances enabling companies and people to gel and excel.
Deborah has spent the last few years mentoring startups, is a talent scout for Ideas from Europe and a Trustee for Barefoot College (UK). She is a writer, speaker and panel chairperson on a variety of subjects, including Leadership, Entrepreneurship and business as a force for good. She is a graduate from the University of Buckingham in Psychology and Business Studies and is a professionally certified NLP coach. Based between Dubai and London, Deborah is often found at university campuses and start-up events, identifying and guiding the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers.
Meet the Founder – Deborah Webster
An investor was considering backing a payment platform. But was this the right founder to back? We assembled a cohort of sector and geographic specialists and invited the founder to come and present. He was technologically sound Had built a robust platform relevant to...
A new venture had three founding partners all sharing the same vision. However, in trying to deliver on that vision, it became rapidly apparent they had different views on how that vision should be executed. We had to figure out if and how they could best work as a...
Growth is great. But growth can also be challenging. A start-up was acquired by a private equity firm. The people involved from the inception of the company were still with the organisation and were experiencing a change in culture, direction and method of working....