Saeeda Jaffar
Managing Director
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12+ years of experience in management consulting and industry expertise
Focuses on strategic and performance-related issues in the financial services sector
Has worked in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.
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Dr. Saeeda Jaffar is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Dubai office, in the Performance Improvement and Financial Institutions Advisory Services Practice.

Dr. Jaffar brings more than 12 years of experience in management consulting and industry expertise, focusing on a wide range of strategic and performance-related issues in the financial services sector. 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 including universal banks, private banks, investment banks, private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, 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.

Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Dr. Jaffar was a Principal at Bain & Company, a leading global strategy management consulting firm. In this role, 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. Prior to that, she was with McKinsey and Company, serving clients across the U.S., Europe and the GCC.

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, HHS.

Dr. Jaffar was a non-executive board member in Ishraq, a hospitality company.