Markus Wiesner


Office Location: Dubai

Phone: +971 4 376 4600

Dr. Markus Wiesner is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Dubai office where he leads Heidrick Consulting in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Markus was CEO for the Middle East and Africa at Aon Hewitt, the global leader in human resource solutions. Prior to this, he served for seven years as managing director for the Middle East at Mercer Consulting, where he had previously managed the firm’s Austrian operations.

With more than 15 years of consulting experience, and a proven ability to link strategy to bottom-line business results, Markus’s expertise spans leadership development, organizational change, large-scale HR transformations, workforce planning, total rewards, employee engagement, and nationalization.

Originally from Austria, Markus has worked on projects in more than 20 countries with major global companies. He spent the past 10 years  in the Middle East advising C-suite executives and boards on strategic HR and organizational issues. His clients include, among many others, CBD, ENBD, FGB, SABIC, STC as well as various governmental entities.

Markus is a frequent speaker at conferences. His commentaries have been published in local and international media, including Gulf News, The National, Al Jazeera, and the BBC, as well as regional radio and television.


Markus has an MBA and a PhD in economics and social sciences from the University of Vienna, where he taught organizational design and decision making in the MBA program for many years. He has earned a master in sport management from IE University in Madrid. He also attended executive programs at the Harvard Business School and the Institute of Directors in London.