Hakim brings a deep understanding of financial, political and social issues to Brunswick. He was previously a partner at Roland Berger, where he was responsible for public sector-focused work and the firm’s business in Africa. Prior to this, he spent five years in the Emerging Markets team at Rothschild & Cie where he advised on several high-profile deals in the telecommunications, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors.
Hakim spent four years working in French government, initially as an advisor to Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and later as an advisor to Finance Minister Thierry Breton. Since 2016, he has been Managing Director of Volentia, a strategic consulting and investment company he founded. A Senior Fellow at the Montaigne Institute, Hakim is a highly respected voice particularly on inclusion and diversity related matters.
Hakim graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud with an « agregation » in geography and a master in geopolitics. In 2004, Hakim founded the “club XXIème siècle”, an organization that brings together 350 French decision makers across politics, finance, business, law and medicine. In 2008, he founded Young Mediterranean Leaders, a network of young professionals from the northern and southern Mediterranean region. He is also an essayiste and has written five books dealing with geopolitics and social cohesion of the Western world.
One of the many unintended consequences of Brexit has been to bring forward France’s tenure of the rotating EU presidency to the first half of 2022 – a period that coincides with French presidential and legislative elections to be held respectively in April and June.
By Hakim El Karoui
08 September 2021