HR Solutions Partner

GRID works in partnership with inhouse and external industry experts as well as HR leaders to create solutions that are technology driven and geared to meet your specific business objectives.

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How can we bring value?

Partnering with you on your organizational transformation and change journey

GRID provides you with effective organizational assessment in key areas of design, governance, talent, and human capital utilization.

We engage the right professionals to suggest optimal solutions based on your unique requirement and help you migrate to your desired future state. We are also big believers in nurturing talent from within and empowering people with knowledge for personal and professional development.

  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Change Management
  • Performance and Succession
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Nationalization
  • Employee Engagement
HR Strategy
Partnering with you to enable HR effectiveness in line with your business framework

Companies with an optimal Human Resource strategy have always attracted, retained, and engaged the best employees. Sustained business growth is surely dependent on your people. At GRID, we work with you to unlock the true potential of your HR team by building capability, aligned to the internal dynamics of the organization, by offering bespoke solutions.

You may also opt for our HR consultants to be placed with you on a short-term basis to develop the right HR programs and oversee implementation of the HR strategy.

  • Human Capital Programs
  • Operating Model
  • Strategy and Systems
  • Metrics
  • People Transformation
  • Workforce Analytics
Total Rewards
Partnering with you to provide strategic advisory on your compensation philosophy, reward, and incentive programs

While people continue to be motivated by financial rewards, they are also looking for opportunities to make meaningful work contributions through well-designed job roles that allow personal and professional growth. GRID experts focus on analyzing your unique situation to design a fit-for-purpose solution in pay, benefits, rewards, incentives, and recognition.

  • Wellness
  • Remuneration
  • Incentives
  • Recognition
  • Mobility
  • Work-Life Balance


GRID is set up as a knowledge and advisory hub and we are happy to bring to you hundreds of tried and tested HR documents and tools by means of our partnership with hrmtoolshop.

Our experts have also spent hundreds of hours aligning the templates and documents to the UAE and GCC environment.

For more information on this and to access the region specific documents including National Development Program Frameworks, Recognition Plans and Culture Workshops, please reach out to us on

Explore hundreds of best practice HR documents & tools on

Our subject matter experts based around the world are available to offer insights, case studies, share experiences and guide solutions for any HR questions you may have on a consultation basis.

Our Commitment

GRID believes in giving back to the community in a responsible and inclusive manner. We are set up to enable our business partners to reach their full potential and be better equipped to meet their individual business challenges. We also strive to extend our reach to support the community within which we serve.

It is our aim to forge coaching, mentoring, and knowledge sharing relationships, and host skill workshops on a pro bono basis for nonprofit organizations and others.

About Us

GRID works in partnership with inhouse and external industry experts as well as HR leaders to create solutions that are technology driven and geared to meet your specific business objectives.

GRID came into being over a series of discussions between peers and shared experiences that led to the realization that while we have consistently benefited from the standards and practices implemented in other parts of the world, we have also faced challenges in forging sustainable transitions and application of the same practices in our respective industries locally. Hence the need to build a more homegrown focus on the challenges facing business in the UAE and GCC in general.

Knowledge is our product. And at GRID, we take pride in housing knowledge, information, and expertise regionally and from around the world in areas of Human Capital Development, Organizational Transformation and Change Management.

Ibtisam Abbas
Founder & MD
Human Capital Solutions Leader specializing in Total Rewards, Organization Transformation, Design, and Executive Coaching

+23 years of experience, Ibtisam’s career journey began in the telecom industry as part of the transformation team that led the reorganization and operating model change initiative.

In her subsequent senior management and leadership roles with key government entities in the technology, aviation, and defense sectors, Ibtisam led total rewards redesign and large-scale HR transformation programs, including the setting up of robust graduate trainee career frameworks. Having served as the chair of several job evaluation and remuneration committees, she has also consistently participated in HR networking and knowledge share events. Ibtisam is a certified Executive Coach and has most recently been involved in leadership and mentoring programs across a broad spectrum of projects.

Gouri Menon
Strategic Partner in HR Effectiveness, Audits, Organization Development, and Change/Transformation Management

+20 years of experience in Human Capital program management within a range of industries including aviation, defense, telecom, technology and global HR consulting.

Gouri has supported merger and acquisition interventions involving government and private sector firms including the transition of a UAE-based airports company subsidiaries to a premier airline. She has also participated in the design and development of the total rewards framework and HR operating model for a large integrated government conglomerate. In her corporate roles she has managed HR operations across the Middle East and Africa for a global telecom services provider with base assignments in KSA, Egypt and India and set up the shared services center for a regional airline.

John A. Rubino
Strategic Partner
Global Human Resources Expert and internationally acclaimed speaker for SHRM and WorldatWork

+30 years expertise John A. Rubino, SHRM-SCP, CCP, CBP, GRP, WLCP, is founder and president of Rubino Consulting Services, a global human resources consulting company based in Pound Ridge, New York.

His areas of expertise cover all areas of Human Resources program design. An internationally-acclaimed speaker for SHRM and WorldatWork, John is the author of numerous human resources articles, and is frequently quoted in professional publications. He holds BA and MBA degrees, as well as a lifetime Achievement Award from WorldatWork. John works with a wide variety of organizations and his consulting practice takes him all around the world; in fact, he has visited more than one hundred countries! An internationally acclaimed speaker, course developer and seminar leader for WorldatWork and the American Management Association, Mr. Rubino is the author of two books Developing Compensation Programs: Job Analysis, Evaluation and Classification and Communicating Compensation Programs: An Approach to Providing Information to Employees.

His areas of expertise are in the design and implementation of corporate values/objectives and their linkage to human resources strategies, compensation analysis and program development, performance-driven incentive plans, sales compensation programs, performance management systems, management training programs, team dynamics, leadership skills, motivational training, and human resources communication programs.

Tania De Bock
Strategic Partner
Senior HR Partner in Talent Management, Engagement and Well-being, Leadership Development, Seasoned HR Advisor, and Executive Coach

+25 years of expertise in various industry sectors as HR Consultant and Talent Management Executive

Managing Partner, Jive HR Conducted HR Advisory & Coaching Missions. Served in senior capacities including as Legal Advisor (Labor Law), HR Executive in the Energy Sector, General Manager in the Government Sector, Talent Consultant in the Retail Sector

Certified as Executive Coach, Marshall Goldsmith
Certified in MBTI, NLP, Lego Serious Play
Certified in GROW Coaching
Masters in Organizational Psychology
Masters in Labor Law

Anne Van de Catsye
Strategic Partner
Strategic Partner in Organization Development, Change/Transformation Management, Leadership Development, and Senior Leadership Executive Coach

+25 years of expertise in various industry sectors globally as senior HR Executive and as Strategic Organizational Consultant and Change Coach

Managing Partner Jive HR: HR Advisory & Coaching missions, VP HR ad interim at Abu Dhabi Airports Company, HR Director MENA for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Organization & Change Advisor at Axon MENA, Global HR Business Partner for Agfa Healthcare, Strategic HR & Change Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, European Career Manager at Total.

Certified as Executive Coach, Marshall Goldsmith
Certified in Insights, MBTI, NLP, Lego Serious Play
Certified in Co-active Coaching
Masters in Organizational Psychology

Dr. Racquel Warner
Strategic Partner
Career Educator and Trainer with over 30 years of international teaching experience across the full spectrum of Executive Education and Professional Development

+30 years expertise Dr Racquel Warner has served in various academic and leadership positions at major campuses in Dubai and she is currently an Assistant Professor and Master of Public Administration Program Coordinator at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government. She holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Exeter, UK.

Dr Warner has conducted Executive Education and Professional Development training for over 15 years and is able to assist organizations to strategically access the continued professional development needs and to design and deliver timely training interventions that equip and motivate staff and leaders to deal with their most pressing challenges. She is also a certified Emotional Intelligence Coach and is able to conduct full EI evaluation and implementation to help organizations function at an optimal level. While she is an expert face-to-face trainer, she is flexible with e-learning facilitation. Her research interests are in leadership development, diversity management, and lifelong learning. She is an executive member of the Academy and VP of finance and sponsorship of AIB MENA chapter. Dr Warner actively supports the development and accessibility of quality education to at-risk groups in low-income countries like Nepal. She has published her work and presented at many international conferences.

Sharon Halliday
Strategic Partner
Senior Executive Learning & Development, Human Capital Management & Professional Coach

+30 years experience Sharon has worked with a wide range of organizations, both in the UK and overseas. In particular, working in the Middle East for over 12 years has provided Sharon with significant knowledge, understanding, and experience of working in diverse cultures.

Her corporate career was developed working for the London Stock Exchange and other city financial services providers. In senior executive roles, she achieved a wide range of strategic experience covering all areas of HR key talent management functions, including change management, succession planning, restructuring, and recruitment. Sharon was appointed HR Director for a leading recruitment consultancy, where she was instrumental in growing the business and securing its acquisition.

Sharon now focuses on supporting organizations to meet their goals through HR and learning interventions. Coaching plays a prominent role in achieving this, and her work with newly appointed leaders, HR professionals, and in women’s development is widely recognized.

MSc in Management Development
FCIPD (Chartered Fellow of the CIPD)
The British Psychological Society Registered Test User (Occupational/Ability/Personality) Qualified coach as accredited by The Coaching Academy, UK
Khayerunisaa Abbas
Strategic Partner
Senior HR Consultant and strategic business partner with expertise in design and development of HR programs

+17 years experience Khayerunisaa Abbas has managed and implemented projects across various industries that have included coaching, design and delivery of assessment centres, HR audits, learning & development, organisation design, outplacement, policy and procedure development, RPO and change management.

With a proven track record of 17+ years in HR consulting, and as an NLP coach, Khayerunisaa has facilitated and managed career transition programs and international/cross-cultural/cross-functional group and team development. Khayerunisaa is an advocate for customer centricity and is able to communicate at all levels, bringing energy and enthusiasm, motivating and inspiring others.

Delivered HR assignments in industries such as oil and gas, natural resources, finance, healthcare, aviation, technology, industrial, education, government, manufacturing, construction & telecoms