A graduate of HEC (Paris) and MIT's Sloan School of Management, Zafer spent 34 years as a top tier management consultant - including 27 years as a Partner- with McKinsey & Company. He has led a few McKinsey offices (Indonesia, Montreal and the Middle-East). As office leader, he was responsible of all facets of operation including people, administration, finance and legal. His most salient industrial expertise resides in multi-business corporations (such as conglomerates and family-owned businesses), and in the energy/chemicals/materials sector.
Born in Damascus, raised in Lebanon, Zafer has studied, worked and lived in another eight countries - France, USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Algeria, United Arab Emirates, and spent extensive professional time serving clients in Spain, Italy, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Thailand, Korea, Philippines, the GCC and Turkey.
Zafer is a graduate of the prestigious Director Education Program of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He has co-founded the Montreal Chapter of the ICD, and has served on the national board of the ICD for 3 years.