About us

Market Research Saudi is a Middle East-focused B2B growth strategy advisory firm sought out by Fortune 500s to deliver evidence-based market strategies across Asia – from Turkey in the West to Japan in the East. Our strategic recommendations are developed based on real-time intelligence gained from the marketplace and tailored for each of our clients’ specific challenges and barriers to success. We are committed to supporting our clients’ understanding of the market(s) in which they compete in, to ensure decisions are made in a timely and well-informed fashion. We work in partnership with our client’s as a seamless extension of their business – adding immediate expert and local advisors as part of your manpower, making your success, our success; we are confident that it is precisely this philosophy that has results in our 90% repeat client rate.

Our team is comprised of professional local and international consultants equipped with extensive project experience across various sectors and industries locally in Iran, regionally across the CIS, as well as across more than 15 markets in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. This Trans-Asia experience is precisely what sets us apart from the rest: we consider ourselves the only true advisors in the Middle East helping MNC’s navigate the Silk Road of the 21st century. We are well-trained to be adept and resourceful in gathering insights directly from customers, suppliers, and intermediaries in the marketplace – whether it is in Iran or in China – our experts then analyze and develop these insights to create actionable and sustainable business strategies.

All projects are executed in-house and our work method is straight-forward: we get the work done by ‘getting our hands dirty’ in the field, extracting relevant information from key stakeholders and experts in the marketplace — whether that marketplace is Iran, Singapore, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Thailand, or China (or all of the above!). Our clients not only get the insights and analysis from our own experts – we also ensure insights are cross-checked and verified by our established networks in the industry-in-question on the ground. This approach ensures that we are interpreting and analyzing something more than data; we are providing strategic insights based on direct findings in real-time.

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Some of Our Team


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DAMIEN DUHAMEL | CEO & Managing Partner

Damien has more than 20 years of corporate strategy consulting experience in Asia. From 1995 to 2000, Damien managed a boutique market intelligence firm based in Vietnam helping foreign investors tap into Asia. From 2000 to 2006, he was the Asia Pacific Managing Director of the consulting arm of London-listed Aegis Plc, where he successfully increased revenue four times during his tenure. In 2006, Damien co-founded Solidiance to build the only Asia-focused corporate strategy consultancy. He has since helped Fortune 500 and Conglomerates to define strategic priorities, to rethink growth blueprint, to instill innovation at the core, and to transform across Asia. Having lived in Asia for over two decades, and in the UAE for the past 5 years, Damien specializes in a wide range of business consulting services in Asia and Middle East.

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ERIKA MASAKO WELCH | Partner

Erika is a Partner, based in our Abu Dhabi office. A well experienced strategy consultant, she has deep knowledge and expertise in global consulting, corporate sustainability and growth strategies particularly in the fast-changing landscape of the emerging markets. For over 15 years, she has worked with various leading organizations, conglomerates and government agencies across the world including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, assisting clients to shape and develop robust strategies that deliver results.

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NABIL RAMADAN | Director

Nabil is a Director based in UAE office, who has played key roles in driving projects in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Vietnam. Nabil excels in market landscape analysis, financial modeling and due diligence, and has conducted various projects across the logistics space in the Middle East and Asia. Prior to joining YCP Solidiance, Nabil worked in Commercial Trade at a Fortune 500 company reporting to the CFOs – managing over 35 markets across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

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RIDA EL CHAB | Senior Associate

Rida is a Senior Consultant, based in our Lebanon office. Focusing on Middle East and ASEAN markets, his area of expertise include market growth and entry strategies especially in industrial and energy sectors. He has extensive experience in leading projects across the region, as well as North Africa and the GCC countries. Prior to YCP Solidiance, Rida had previously worked in a strategy consulting firm in Southeast Asia, based in Lao PDR.

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