Ask Fadi Farra what would be the proudest moment of his long and istinguished career, and he’ll
say: creating Whiteshield Partners.
Whiteshield is a public policy and
strategy advisory firm originating
from the communities of Harvard &
The Organization for Economic Co-
operation and Development (OECD).
Farra is Co-founder, Director &
Partner at Whiteshield Partners and
has more than 20 years of experience
in strategy consulting and policy advisory globally, including industrial
and innovation policies, agro-business,
micro-economics, private sector development and competitiveness policies.
Ask him to narrow it down to just
the last 12 months and he’ll point to
expanding the firm in three new geographies by helping governments define
and implement their national agenda.
“Specifically developing with our
team of economists and data scien-
tists an innovative algorithm that can
help policy makers connect the dots
between all types of policies to have
a ‘whole of country’ picture,” Farra
says. “Thanks to its fantastic team
the firm has helped and continues to
shape the future of governments and
It’s results such as these that landed
Farra on this year’s list of the Global
Leaders in Consulting, which he calls “a
global recognition that our investment in
ing has helped position us as a thought
leader in the industry,” he says. “This is
first and foremost a recognition to our
staff and clients that help turn those new
ideas into reality every day.”
Farra has also been an academic
and senior lecturer at the Harvard
Kennedy School of Government since
2009. Prior to founding Whiteshield
Partners, Fadi was a senior economist
and head of unit at the OECD in the
Secretary General Office in Paris. He
had joined the OECD after a career in
strategy consulting with the Boston
Consulting Group and A. T. Kearney in
New York and London.
Farra chaired the Global Agenda
Council on the Future of Manufacturing Council of the World Economic
Forum and is a regular commentator
in global media. His areas of expertise
include: Manufacturing and industrial
policy, Smart City, International trade,
Logistics strategy, Sector competitiveness, Private sector development, Agribusiness and food security, Capital and
labor markets, Investments, Venture
capital, Capability building, Strategy
and Market entry.
What has been the biggest factor
to his success? Simple: Innovation.
“Pushing the boundaries to rethink
any pre-conceived assumption, putting behind it the R&D means to support it with facts and above all, having
the courage to implemnt disruptive
ideas against the tide,” he says.
“Having a wide and positive impact on the life of people and working with brilliant talents that are
driven by a passion to make a difference. Waking in the morning knowing that your work is helping
policy makers and private sector leaders make more informed decisions.”
Q&A: What do you enjoy
most about your work and
the consulting profession?
Excellence in Innovation