About ND & Associates

ND & Associates is an executive search firm that offers consolidated Headhunting services across the Middle Eastern marketplaces, with a predominant focus on local market leaders as well as emerging companies and SMEs.

With a passion towards what they do, our Headhunters are fully committed to delivering Executive Search Excellence to companies who are seeking assistance with their leadership requirements. Our Execution strategies coupled with our in-depth industry and market knowledge, all allow our clients to join an immediate high ROI, by delivering high-caliber Human Capital solutions tailored in accordance with cultural, behavioral and technical requirements.

Our team has been carefully assembled to include Recruitment Specialists as well as Industry Experts. Our success is primarily rooted in our core values which drive us to engage with our clients in a strategic manner.

Founded in 2008 and growing at an increasingly rapid pace, ND & Associates is currently considered to be one of the premiere Headhunting outfits across the Middle East.

The Difference

The Difference

Our People

Being a company that delivers Human Capital solutions, our first and foremost priority is our people. We strive not only to acquire the best, rather to retain them in the long run by on-going training, development and career progression in a family-like environment, ensuring maximum performance is achieved.

Access To Untapped Talent

Our direct, aggressive and competitor-driven approach allows us access to the market's invisible and non-job-seeking candidates who best-fit our client's requirements, ensuring an immediate high return on investment for our clients.

Risk Free

The service offered at ND & Associates is no different from that of a Retained Executive Search firm, yet our clients have the luxury of paying only on success, with no upfront or retained payments.

Uncompromised Service

At ND & Associates, we ensure that every part of the Executive Search process is executed flawlessly and with absolute perfection. By adhering to strict operational standards, we do not compromise on quality by any means, and always aim for full client satisfaction.

Value Added Services

As strategic advisors to our clients, are always delighted to offer value added services. These services include things like Interviewing Tools, Video-Conferencing Facilities, Market Updates, and Information on Salary Scales...etc.


The Difference

Our Mission

Our priorities are people, relationships and business.

We will continue to strive in becoming a place where our most valuable assets; our people, have the opportunity to grow personally, intellectually, spiritually and financially. We understand the value of our people and will always aggressively promote this ideology to all our stakeholders.

By cultivating an environment of on-going learning, adopting unrivaled research practices, building genuine relationships and providing a tailored, client centric approach to each of our mandates, our mission is to provide organizations with integrated solutions and advisory services to the gaps in their talent and leadership.

Our Core Values

The Difference

Our core values are not just our corporate ethics but our collective beliefs. They are the core components that enable ND & Associates to build strong, long-lasting and strategic relationships with our clients.

  • Happiness comes first

    Happiness comes first

    All of us at ND & Associates understand that success cannot manifest without happiness. Our teams operate in a positive environment where each individual not only understands their value to the organization, but also has a clear picture of their lifetime career potential with the firm.


    On-going intellectual, spiritual, financial, and career development is all vital factors to the contiguous growth and success of ND & Associates.

  • Continuous betterment

    Continuous betterment

    The standards we set for hiring our own people are not compromised, to say the least, when hiring for our clients.


    Matching talent to organizations does not come easy and is without-a-doubt, not a process that can be replicated from one organization to the other. We therefore strive to continually improve and better the services we offer our clients on a day-to-day basis, instilling a sense of comfort and trust in using ND & Associates as a preferred partner.

  • Success: our only option

    Success: our only option

    We refuse to be complacent, embrace every opportunity for greater challenge and surprise our clients by finding the talent that they didn't even know existed. This is how confident we are in achieving our goals with unwavering passion and ingenious thinking. Failure is simply not an option at ND & Associates.

  • Reputation before profit

    Reputation before profit

    If we were to choose between our Reputation and profitability, we would always choose the former.

  • Transparency and Integrity

    Transparency and Integrity

    We only accept assignments that we are certain we can deliver. For the sake of maintaining a reputed brand and avoiding disappointment by any of our stakeholders, we always remain transparent throughout each of our processes.


    Since ND & Associates' inception, our people, services and culture have all been instilled with utmost integrity, which has been reflected in the sincere and trust-filled relationships with our clients.

  • Proactive innovation

    Proactive innovation

    At ND & Associates we all utilize every resource, technology and piece of information to maintain our competitive edge. We make sure not to miss out on anything from reading a new book, to researching new methodologies, trends or practices that are remotely related to our services.

  • Market awareness

    Market awareness

    Getting updated and nourished with regards to the markets we operate in is part of each individual's daily task and responsibility at ND & Associates. 


    Our Associates are not generic recruiters; rather each of them comes with a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience within their industry specializations, adding to our competitive edge.

The Management

The Difference

Nicolas Deflaux

CEO and Founder

Nicolas Deflaux is the Founder and CEO of ND & Associates, one of the premiere Executive Search companies in the Middle East that assists Startup and Leading outfits across the region with their Human Capital requirements.

Prior to establishing ND & Associates, Nicolas served as a Recruitment Expert and Manager at blue chip outfits, as well as government-owned entities throughout the UAE.

After working with several service providers in the region, Nicolas identified a niche service in the market, one that maximized quality and minimized risk for companies looking for assistance in their leadership requirements. Nicolas subsequently started up ND & Associates in 2008, with the overall objective of delivering Recruitment Excellence to organizations throughout the region by adopting an unparalleledapproach to Executive Search. Thiscovered the full remit of Executive Search processes, yet allowed companies to enjoy a risk free, contingency-based means of payment.

His genuine passion towards Recruitment, coupled with his on-going perseverance, natural leadership and hands-on approach, were all major contributors that transformed ND from a small Recruitment outfit, to a premiere Executive Search firm in the Middle East.

Success Stories

"Working with ND Associates was a very pleasant experience. They are really prompt in terms of their response towards the open positions and always give their level best to close the mandates within the given time frame.  We have no doubt ND & Associates has a bright future ahead of them if they keep providing similar level of services."

-Managing Director, Middle East’s leading IT Distributor

"We approached ND & Associates to work with us to strengthen the senior management team within our organization.  We selected ND & Associates based on their proven track record of delivering results. We are very pleased with their work as they have attracted excellent candidates that perfectly match our complex and often niche roles within the organization."

-CEO, Global jewelry and watch retailer

"We are extremely pleased to work with ND & Associates. The communication and recruitment methodology were clear and the consultant acted as a ‘superb mediator' between the hiring manager and the candidate. ND & Associates also served as a recruitment advisor to our organization. Hence, the overall experience was great and we would like to work with them again."

-HR Business Partner, Major industrial supplier for the construction industry

"ND & Associates was able to help us find in a short period of time the right candidates for a difficult position to fill which involved industry and specific product knowledge that we had been searching to fill for a longer period of time.   The support and initial proposal pool of candidates was exact match for the position we had open.  Throughout the process, ND& Associates was very proactive to understand not only the skills we required from the candidates, but to understand our business model and our company culture to ensure the proposed candidates would be the right fit for both our organization and the applicant. The overall process from initial request to the onboarding of the employee was very smooth and fast."

-General Manager, Major industrial supplier for the construction industry

"ND & Associates have always provided us the right candidates that match our organization's requirements. ND & Associates' comprehensive database, specific expertise and knowledge of the industry enable them to deliver results in a timely manner. We are continuously working with the team because of their unparalleled headhunting expertise, methodology and professionalism."

-Owner, Middle East’s leading Specialist IT Distributor

"It is always a great experience working with ND & Associates. The Associate was able to identify exactly the type of candidate we were seeking and has sourced the best available profiles for us in a short frame of time. He provided us with impressive service and excellent support"

-HR Director, Largest luxury Retail Company in Qatar

"Professional services offered by ND & Associates with highly qualified and hand-picked candidates."

-Group HR Director, The largest sugar refinery worldwide

"ND Associates supported us very well during all assignments - especially for higher management positions. ND& Associates' team did an impressive and fast job in pre-selecting the right candidates in terms of qualification and experience, but also in terms of soft skills and personality, in line with our corporate culture. The chosen candidates were all fitting very well into our team and quickly become essential elements of our success"

-Chief Financial Officer, Major Toy manufacturer and distributor

"ND and Associates have been excelling in advising and proactively arranging the process from start to finish. They are closely monitoring each of the applications and provide timely feedback"

-Group HR Operations Manager, Multinational Insurance Company

"ND & Associates is very professional Headhunter which provides best class headhunting services"

-MENASales Director,International technology solution provider

"Overall the services of ND & Associates are excellent"

-Group HR Director Middle East, Italian luxury fashion house

"ND & Associates not only met but exceeded our expectation with regards to quality of the candidates presented"

-Commercial Director, MENA IT Products distributor

"ND & Associates manage to headhunted and attracted superb candidates that perfectly match our complex and often niche roles"

-Head of Talent & Acquisitions, Leading Middle-Eastern Bank

"I am impressed by the quality of services offered by ND & Associates, the reliability of the candidates, the warm approach and good command of communication of the consultant was amazing. Definitely ND & Associate will be at the top of my mind with regards to our company recruitment requirements"

-CEO, Leading lighting contractor

Of all 9 employees that ND & Associates have carefully selected for us are still with us, doing a great job. It has been the fastest recruitment process I have ever experience in more than 15 years in the business and this could have not be possible without the Associate who has exceeded all expectation. As you may know I have now recommended ND Associates to 3 other companies based in Dubai and without doubt, will be calling your services again

-General Manager, Largest luxury Retail Company in Qatar