For many years, Ward Howell has maintained and valued partnerships with leading Russian and international organizations, business schools, professors, and expert communities.

Global experts & professors from leading business schools


Marshall Goldsmith

Global expert in leadership and coaching. Founder of the Marshall Goldsmith Group and Stakeholder Centered Coaching. Formulated a behavioral approach to the development of top executives and teams. Marshall is a key partner on the Leading Top Teams program.


Dr. Sameh Abadir

Professor of Leadership and Negotiation at the IMD Business School, Switzerland and the Co-Director of IMD’s Negotiating for Value Creation program (NVC). Sameh’s expertise in research, teaching, and consulting is organizational behavior. He obtained a PhD in Economics from the Paris I University and an MBA from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, France. Sameh still chairs his family firm while teaching, researching, and writing for IMD. In 2018, Sameh won awards for excellence in both teaching and program direction at INSEAD.

For the past few years, and in collaboration with Ward Howell colleagues, we have been able to make an impact and inspire leaders in transformation.


Rawi Abdelal

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School. Rawi is also Head of the Harvard Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He is an expert in international and Eurasian political economy and globalization.

The team at Ward Howell is visionary, dedicated, professional, and committed to helping leaders and organizations undertake transformative change. I am always grateful for the opportunity to work with the Ward Howell team.


Ruben Enikolopov

Russian economist, professor, and rector of the New Economic School (NES). Ruben is a leading specialist in the field of economic data analysis. His work has been published in the top 5 international scientific journals on economics (as specified by Scopus). In 2012–2013, he worked at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) in Princeton, USA. Ruben also participated in the evaluation of World Bank and United Nations projects effectiveness . He is one of the speakers on the "Execution as Learning" program.

International collaboration and Russian partners


August Leadership is an international executive search company and our global strategic partner. Together with August Leadership, we carry out leadership expeditions to China (China Speed Leadership Expedition) and Silicon Valley.


INSEAD is one of the world's leading business schools and research institutes. The Ward Howell Talent Equity Instituteconducts joint research with INSEAD on leadership, corporate governance, family business, and succession planning. Our consultants regularly prepare and participate in training cases for MBA and executive programs. Stanislav Shekshnia, a Senior Partner at Ward Howell, is Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD Business School and the Director of the «Leading from the Chair» program for board chairs, top managers, and business owners.


The New Economic School is the only private university in Russia that ranks among the top 200 best universities in the world (according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject [Economics & Econometrics]). Since 1992, it has been implementing educational programs in economics and finance, and has been engaged in economic research. The NES is a partner of Ward Howell on the "Execution as Learning" educational program.


Marshall Goldsmith is a global expert in coaching and business consulting, and author of the Stakeholder Centered Coaching approach. Marshall is a frequent speaker on our complex development programs and leadership classes.

Ward Howell’s consultants were the first in Russia to receive Stakeholder Centered Coaching certification and we use this approach in individual and group coaching sessions. Sergey Sirotenko, a Partner at Ward Howell, has been ranked among Marshall Goldsmith's top 100 coaches.


The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants is an organization that brings together hundreds of Executive Search companies and consultants, and we have been a member for over 20 years. Ward Howell’s Senior Partner and Chairman of the Board George Abdushelishvili is a member of the AESC Europe and Africa Council.

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IoT ONE is a consulting company specializing in industrial digitalization, and is our key partner on the «China Speed Leadership Expedition» program.


Coursalytics is an international service specializing in searching and booking short face-to-face and online executive education programs (Executive Education Marketplace).


Formatta is an HR Consulting Company founded in 2008. It specializes in consulting on key HR processes and their automation. The company has over 1,500 projects for state corporations, private companies, and startups in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and other countries.



FIRST is a consulting company that specializes in the search and recruitment of middle and senior management, qualified specialists, and HiPo managers in various market segments (disciplines and functions). The company was founded in 2013. It is part of the Ward Howell Group.



Dramatic Resources is a British company that implements corporate and open leadership development programs for companies in various fields. The special feature of these programs is the use of theatrical techniques to activate creative abilities and develop new skills for more effective interaction between managers in business.



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