RBL Middle East

Our team is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and we work throughout the Middle East and Western Asia. We focus on tailoring our research and ideas to your needs in order to help you develop your key leaders and set up your organization for success.

Development Academies

Our leadership and HR development academies are designed to help your leaders learn the competencies they need to perform effectively in their roles and deliver the value that matters. These 6–12 month programs integrate assessments, coaching, training, and on-the-job practice to create an immersive development experience that can be customized to meet your needs.

Sample Academy Timeline

Consulting Engagements

Traditional consulting is disruptive: a team of expert outsiders plans sweeping change within your organization and leaves you without the resources to implement and sustain the change. We do more than consult: we help you deliver the internal capability to solve your own problems now and in the future.

Capability Transfer

We don't simply apply our ideas to your organizational problem. Instead, we partner with you to integrate our experience working with the world's leading organizations with your internal expertise. We transfer our capabilities so that your people can leverage our expertise to solve problems.


We don't train consultants on your time and money. Our consultants are professionals and thought leaders whose research, writing, and experience shape the global intellectual agenda for HR, talent, organization, and leadership practices.

Client Focus

Our consulting engagements begin with you. To fully understand you, we conduct in-depth interviews, assessments, and analysis of your internal and external stakeholders. Once we have the data, we make a plan that will create the greatest value for your organization.

Middle East Consortium

This consortium is a senior executive think tank dedicated to building competencies and capabilities in the areas of Leadership and Strategic HR for top global and Middle East companies.

The Goal

The goal of the consortium is to advance leadership and HR development practices in the Middle East through participative education, joint research, and networking among senior executives.

The Members

Members are carefully selected to ensure that best practice exchange is mutually beneficial. Each company must have relevant experience and knowledge that other members would value.

The Approach

Quarterly learning events are held in a think tank setting where together members will 1) share best practices, 2) participate in dynamic learning experiences, and 3) learn from globally respected thought leaders and practitioners in the fields of Leadership and Strategic HR.

Our Team

Managing Director
Adam Rampton
Managing Director

As the Managing Director for The RBL Group in the Middle East, Adam works with clients throughout the region to advance business objectives through leadership development and strategic alignment of Human Resources.

Prior to joining The RBL Group, Adam successfully led a group of companies as the General Manager through key change initiatives with a focus on streamlining operational processes and expanding the business in the western United States. Adam also worked for General Electric (GE) where he graduated from GE’s HR Leadership Program and help roles of increasing responsibility in a variety of industries including financial services, healthcare, and oil and gas. In these roles, Adam partnered with senior business leaders to achieve business objectives and build organizational capabilities by aligning and leading human resources activities such as succession planning, leadership development, performance management, staffing, and development of compensation and incentive programs.

Adam earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and has over 13 years results-focused experience partnering with global business leaders. He is fluent in Romanian and has lived in a number of countries including the United Arab Emirates, United States, Canada, Romania, and Italy. He is currently based in Dubai, UAE.

Abdulmajeed Albalushi

Abdulmajeed has been partnering on RBL projects for the past three years as a client side manager and leader of organizational transformation & development projects. Abdulmajeed has transitioned from the internal client side of projects and is now a Principal Consultant for RBL. He is working on organizational transformation and development projects throughout the GCC.

Abdulmajeed is a highly sought-after business manager with a strong track record of managing and leading change. He brings over a decade of GCC experience in organizational transformation, business management, and business analysis. He has worked in many sectors and industries including Civil Service, Infrastructure, Information Technology, Oil & Energy, Maritime & Shipping, Mining & Metal, Investment and Management Consultancy. Abdulmajeed began working with RBL in 2012 when Oman Oil Company partnered with RBL for an HR Transformation project. Throughout this engagement Abdulmajeed was Oman Oil Company’s internal project leader for this highly visible and successful transformation. Upon completion of this project, Abdulmajeed was assigned to be the Manager of Shared Services and then the Head of Functional Services where he helped many of Oman Oil Subsidiaries in Oman, UAE, Germany, USA and Spain.

Abdulmajeed has significant experience as an internal HR Manager and is well versed in many facets of Human Resources. He has helped five organizations implement and roll out their HRMS systems, most recently completing this assignment for Takatuf. He has implemented salary structures using Hay and Mercer methodologies in numerous companies and is very capable at implementing and developing strong rewards systems. In several past positions with GCC companies he has been instrumental in designing and implementing HR policies & manuals.

Paul Keijzer

Paul strongly believes that he can improve the way people live and work with each other. He does this by helping leadership teams engage with their top talent and the rest of the organization to co-create a future and help transform their organization into high performance businesses. Over the past 25 years he has helped design and delivered transformational interventions blue chip organizations in countries across Asia, Middle East and Africa.

He is the CEO and Managing Partner of Engage Consulting in Malaysia, Pakistan and UAE, which are built around the vision to support organizations to engage their people and to grow their business. A Business Leader in HR with a strong track record in transforming businesses towards a progressive growth path and delivering results in dynamic and competitive emerging Asian markets by combining strong business insights with people insights, Paul has a bold HR vision.  He is a firm believer that outstanding results can only be achieved through people; engaging people and teams, building commitment by creating a new paradigm between company and employee and delivering extraordinary results year-after-year.

Paul is a sought after speaker and has designed and delivered transformational interventions for more than 50 blue chip organizations in countries across Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Egypt, Korea, U.A.E. and India. Prior to founding Engage Consulting Paul operated for 18 years in the fast moving consumer goods company Unilever. He has held positions in the Netherlands and the UK and has spent 13 years in Asia in senior HR positions of Unilever operations in China, Vietnam and Pakistan.

Darin Pauley

Darin Pauley is a Principal with The RBL Group. He consults extensively with both public and private sector clients, focused on leadership and talent development, organizational design, change management and strategy activation. Darin’s experience spans emerging markets, serving the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Russia markets while Dubai based for nearly a decade, as well as mature markets while US based with global responsibility. 

Darin is well known for his expertise in organization design, leadership development, strategic HR and strategy activation. Prior to joining the RBL family, Darin was a top-talent while in leadership roles at General Electric and Emerson, as well as teaching and coaching at the university level. As Consulting Practice Leader for the Strategy and Leadership practice of GE Healthcare, Darin led several transformation projects with emphasis on Executive Development, Organization Design and Optimization and Strategy Assessment and Activation, for external customers. He also led the accelerated growth of multiple GE Healthcare businesses as a Regional HR Director.   

While at Emerson, Darin excelled in various HR leadership roles, from Senior Corporate Analyst to Global HR Director, and was influential leading strategic commercial initiatives aimed at developing consultative, solution selling capability.   

Darin holds a Masters of Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, consistently ranked one of the top Strategic HR programs in the US. He also double-majored in Psychology and Political Science at Aurora University, graduating summa cum laude. He resides in Dubai with his wife and two sons.