I have been the Director Human Resources for Mondelez Inc. Middle East from 2001 until 2010 when I was promoted to the Director Talent and Organization Development for the Middle East and Africa and in 2012, moved up to managing the same role for the whole of East Europe, Middle East and Africa. I remained in this role until my retirement in July 2015.
All my roles have entailed the identification, recruitment, development and retention of talent. I have had opportunities to work closely with Anjali Samuel and Mindfield from 2001 during my days as the Director HR for the Middle East business.
Mindfield has been one of the most professional and progressive agencies that I have worked with. They are not merely in the placement business where people placement is part of “meeting their targets”. Anjali has always personally ensured that she has understood the culture of the organization. This has not been merely a conversation with the HR Director but with the stakeholders including the Managers and incumbents of the position. Additionally, it has also been clear and purposeful conversations with our people in other geographic locations and the uniqueness of the culture therein. Such a clear 360 degrees understanding of the organization has resulted in far more efficient and effective recruitment. Even typically challenging market positions such as in Saudi Arabia and the African markets had meted out a greater degree of success than others.
Anjali always matched the organization requirements with a very clear and in-depth understanding of the candidates. She could articulate very clearly not just the qualifications and work experience but the motivations of the candidates. What will make them tick and what will derail them. What will be required to bring the best out of them. She has continued to mentor candidates even after they have been placed in the organization and has guided them to be successful in their roles – and all this has been done within committed timelines.
One of Anjali’s greatest strengths is her candidates. She gives regular updates. Her vast knowledge of various markets, their challenges and available candidates makes her pragmatic in her commitments. And she is very honest when she has challenges and therefore delays are inevitable. So, in every instance I have always been constantly given the true picture of the status quo.
Additionally, we have used her for Talent Mapping as well as futuristic evaluations of likely scenarios. Candidates who are likely to become available in the future. Some of the best practice sharing and many more.
I recommend Anjali with absolutely no hesitation whatsoever. She is a great business partner.
Ontex is the Belgian manufacturer of disposable personal hygiene products, active in 27 countries. At Ontex, we advocate a local approach to the market. Offering local brands produced in strategically located factories, allows us to respond effectively and flexibly to the needs of consumers. That’s why the quality and motivation of the people we hire locally is critically important for our success. In few years of partnership Mindfield demonstrated very deep understanding of the market, business and geography and ability to deliver great results under tough time pressure. And what is even more important, the culture of Mindfield reflected in “Make their day!” motto you can find on the wall in Mindfield office in Dubai makes the whole work with Pallavi and Anjali an efficient, joyful journey of the soul mates team.
I highly recommend Anjali and Mindfield to any company who is looking into filling any vacancies and building effective startups. I worked with her closely for more than 10 years and she is highly capable of getting the right people with the needed set of skills.
I can highly recommend Anjali and Mindfield to any company who is looking into filling any vacancy. I worked with her closely during Pepsico Foods UAE set up in which she delivered great results by getting the right people with the right skill set across different functions with the required time frame.
I've known Anjali for more than 12 years and I consider her as a partner and career consultant more than just a recruitment consultant or head hunter. Anjali excels at what she does. She's super well connected, probably knows every single professional in the FMCG business in the Middle East and knows each of them personally and closely. She manages to build a level of trust and accountability that sets her apart in her industry. She is also by far one of the most efficient and reliable consultants I've worked with, always punctual, efficient and well informed. I would recommend Anjali for any professional who needs to put the right person at the right position, especially in the FMCG industry.
Dedicated, full of life and energy, Anjali is a business professional with an intense experience in HR discipline ( recruitment ).I knew her long time ago and got good steps forward with her, based on her contacts and recommendations. She is really up to the level and I recommend her for any interesting senior HR opportunity.
Anjali is a results driven individual, who provides excellent customer services. She has a good understanding of client’s needs and always exceeds expectations.
Anjali is a talented Head hunter with good career advisor skills. She does a good follow up in providing on timely manner the stage of the recruitment to candidates. She also provides candidates valuable recommendations in the next recruitment phases.
Anjali understands the intricities of the Middle East market and has got excellent networking in the region. She puts in extra efforts to understand her clients' requirements in order to deliver excellent results. She is very detail orientated and thinks outside the box and these very attributes has resulted making Mindfield a very successful recruitment firm. It would be immense pleasure to work with her again if the opportunity arises again.
Mindfield thoroughly assessed my value proposition against the business objectives and core qualifications for the position. They were deliberate in assessing my professional strengths, my anticipated professional trajectory, and my desired professional growth areas. The bottom line is that they made sure that the position was a very good match on both sides before proceeding. Additionally, Mindfield provided helpful insights into the culture of their client and related industry. Later I also used them for my own talent needs knowing the detailed process they perform in their search work and the quality candidates they bring to the table.
We have worked with Mindfield for the past 2 years to support our quick manpower ramp up in the UAE and KSA.
I was please to find the consultants very dedicated and professional. They were able to understand our business and requirements quickly which has saved us a lot of time.
More than consultant, I expect them to act as partners and I can say that they have reached that level today.
Thorough industry knowledge & seasoned recruiter. Quick to respond & has a sense of humor to boot. Refreshing to work with her!
Anjali is one of the most responsive and reliable recruiter I have worked with and she will go above and beyond in delivering results. She will provide good insights, have sound market knowledge, network and well established in the MEA region.
Mindfield has been our recruitment partner for over 4 years and their success rate stands at 100%. Reliable, fast and above all dedicated to ensure your organization recruits the right person for the right job. I’ve mentioned partner because this is how they approach our business and we consider them as an extension to our HR services.
I have used Mindfield for several positions within my Company in different departments and levels. Their searches have always been relevant and the people they provide are experienced and of the right caliber as per the requirements. They are knowledgeable across a large spectrum of industries and well connected. Their turn-around time is excellent as well. They are my first choice when it comes to management recruitment needs.
Having known Anjali for over 10 years now, I can vouch that she is a seasoned professional in the recruitment space. Apart from being an amiable and approachable person, she is transparent & honest with her candidates & provides useful advice. She matches potential candidates to potential employers excellently and is committed to do the best for both her candidates & clients alike.
Mindfield has been a highly effective partner to work with! Their ability to appreciate the local market culture and context brings in the key Value to companies like us who are looking for local talent in Emerging markets of Middle East and Africa.
Anjali owns / runs a competent recruitment agency in Dubai. I have used her company's services and found her knowledgeable, methodical and flexible. She has been in the recruitment business for a number of years and possesses a deep understanding of the regional business.
Anjali has been extremely helpful and proactive in securing the best candidates whenever we needed to recruit.
She also manages to attract a lot of top recruiters which is testimony to her success.
I have known Anjali as a seasoned, thorough recruiter across several organizations. She has good hands on understanding of retail and FMCG dynamics within the region. She is resourceful and has excellent interpersonal skill
Anjali is a highly motivated and passionate professional and takes great pride in every job she undertakes.
The confidence I have in all my interactions with Anjali is her open & amiable personality, ability to listen and focus on my real needs. She has the right aptitude to develop & manage a professional network, which is evident by her growing clientele, both professionals and corporations.
Anjali is dedicated focused and passionate manager who follow up with both her candidates and Clients as equally vital for the benefit of both parties. She’s transparent and honest and a great professional to work with.
Anjali provided me with my new role. She briefed me on the company willing to recruit and managed the relationship to the end. I finally accepted the offer to join the company she presented to me.
Great work and commitment.
Anjali – Her commitment, dedication and desire to win is her greatest strengths. As an executive recruiter, she demonstrated a strong knowledge of her field, professionalism and resourcefulness, strong organizational skills, and an ability to marry the needs of the company with a respect for the candidates. It’s my pleasure to recommend her as very talented recruitment professional.
Anjali takes a personal interest in her company's projects and her clients' needs. She is well connected, and quite active in leveraging her connections frequently. She is very approachable, a value reflected in her company's website which is very user friendly. It is always a pleasure to work with her.
Great Experience. Definite Dependability. Guaranteed Results.
I know Anjali when she was with SEE group and we worked together and supplied big number of workers/staff/engineers from India for her various clients in Abu Dhabi and during that period we met several times and I found she is very professional and polite person.
Anjali always comes across as a reliable recruitment partner who knows her business well. Along with her Team Anjali is very often ready to go that extra mile to ensure delivery of the project. More importantly she is always on top of her game. Being a passionate Recruiter herself, Anjali has set standards of professional service for her team to follow. It is a pleasure to work with Anjali @ Mindfield. Wishing Anjali every success in her profession.
The Mindfield team has an excellent understanding of the talent available in the functions/industry and regions that they operate in. The team delivers on their commitments especially when it comes to timelines. Their excellent map of the talent market enables them to deliver very quickly.
Their understanding of the FMCG industry and level of engagement in particular is excellent.