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The Team

For over  30 years, Contax Partners' success has been built on the professionalism and competencies of its people who engage in continuous learning, renewal and development. The Contax Partners Team is passionate about the Middle East and Africa. We have understood the challenges that decision makers face in the region and within the industry. From this deep understanding, we have developed and populated a project database with market intelligence on over 5,000 projects robust methodologies, world class processes and trusted networks to enable us to deliver insightful and sustainable growth solutions for our clients. Recognized as Thought Leaders and Trusted Advisors, our diverse team possesses  a breadth of knowledge and expertise to ultimately empower our clients to success.


Meet the Partners

Filippo Fantechi

Filippo Fantechi - CEO

Chief Executive Officer

Based in Bahrain, Filippo Fantechi has over 20 years of experience in business development, project management, sales management, establishing business operations and market strategy within the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia. Filippo has a strong background in the energy, utility and construction sectors having worked as Project Manager in Iran, Russia and Qatar and Area Manager with Commercial and Operation responsibilities in the United Arab Emirates. Filippo has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Florence, Italy and a Masters in Project Management. He has been part of Contax Partners since 1999.


Ann-Marie Carbery

Ann-Marie Carbery Antoun - VP BA

VP - Business Advisory


Based in Dubai, Ann-Marie has over 15 years of strategy development and implementation, project management, corporate transformation, risk management, EPC contracting and procurement experience within the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Ann-Marie has a strong background in the energy, utility and construction sectors. Former experience includes working as a strategy consultant for Accenture, particularly with IOC and NOC clients in UK, Holland, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Syria and Qatar. Ann-Marie has a PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Manchester, England and has been part of Contax Partners since 2008.


Marvin Selley

Marvin Selley - VP BD

VP - Business Development


Based in Dubai, Marvin has over 30 years of international experience in the energy, utility and construction sectors with particular emphasis on management, business development, and market entry strategy. Geographically Marvin’s main focus has been Europe, Middle East, CIS and Africa. Past experience include Vice President of Business Development for leading Engineering Consultants and Contractors within the engineering and offshore construction space. Marvin Holds a BEc from Monash University in Australia and first worked with Contax in 1993.


Giovanni Salerno

Giovanni Salerno - VP PD E&P

VP - Project Development (E&P)


Giovanni Salerno has over 22 years of extensive work experience in the E&P industry within Middle East, Australia, Russia, Africa, Latin America and India. With a strong background in the areas of field development and rehabilitation for both onshore and offshore operations, Giovanni has worked for leading IOCs alongside major NOCs to implement innovative processes in reservoir optimization and completion. Additionally, he has also provided consulting services for various companies in the upstream sector. Giovanni holds a B.Sc. degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering from University of Bologna and has published several technical papers on completion methodologies. Furthermore, he owns several patents on autonomous completion devices.


Claudio Tettamanzi

Claudio Tettamanzi - VP PD Downstream

VP - Project Development (Downstream)


Based in Switzerland, Claudio Tettamanzi has over 30 years of international experience in the oil & gas industry, with particular emphasis on management, sales and business development. Over the years, Claudio has gained specific knowledge in the refining and petrochemical space dealing with oil companies, main licensors and contractors across Europe, FSU and Middle East regions. Past experiences include: Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Director for Business Development for leading engineering companies within the refining and petrochemical space. Claudio has a Degree in geological science and hydrocarbon applications from the University of Milan and a Management in Business Administration in industry & Services from the Roosevelt University in Chicago, USA.



Our Core Team of Advisors

Kalpesh Ramwani


Based in Dubai, Kalpesh has over 10 years of work experience within the management consulting industry of the Middle East and Africa markets. Prior to joining Contax Partners, Kalpesh worked for a boutique corporate finance and management consulting firm run by a McKinsey & Co Consultant. Kalpesh has a MBA (Honors) from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA and an Undergraduate degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.




Based in Dubai, Amit has over 8 years of work experience in business development, corporate strategy, and tendering works related to large energy projects within the Middle East & Africa. Amit also has a strong background in the energy, utility and construction sectors, having worked for some of the most reputed EPCs within the region. Amit holds an MBA in Infrastructure Management from AIIM, Ahmedabad, India and an Engineering Degree in Electronics & Communication from RGTU, India.




Based in Dubai, Vineet has over 7 years of work experience in strategy and corporate business development in the Energy Sector. Prior to joining Contax Partners, Vineet worked with one of the largest EPC Contractors in the region handling business development activities across the Middle East and Africa markets. Vineet holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India.



Based in Dubai, Shamlee Epari has over 4 years of work experience within the Research industry in the US, India and the Middle East. Prior to joining Contax Partners, Shamlee has previously worked under the direct purview of the founder at Ameredia in order to establish the foundations of an incubator firm. She has also been part of market research teams at firms like General Motors and Tech Mahindra. Shamlee has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.



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Since our establishment in 1985, Contax Partners has been the advisor of choice for companies operating within the constantly evolving Middle East, Russia and Africa energy sector. Having operated in the energy market for over 30 years, we have a track record of empowering our clients to win business. Contax Partners is well placed to understand the challenges, and what impact these can have on your growth plans for the Middle East, Russia and Africa. 

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