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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 10 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 8 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 extensive 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, 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, Akanksha has over 2 years of work experience in the Financial Advisory Sector. Prior to joining Contax, Akanksha worked as an Assistant Manager in International Valuations with Deloitte India. She has worked on valuation assignments for clients in Middle East and North America. She is a Chartered Accountant (A.C.A) and a member of ‘The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’.



Based in Dubai, Akshay has worked within the consulting industry in India and Middle East. Prior to joining Contax Partners, Akshay worked with Deloitte Consulting in India and did his MBA internship in KPMG UAE where he was actively involved in change management, project management office, market entry strategy, market research, market assessment, competitor bench-marking and developing business propositions. Akshay has a MBA from Indian Institute of Management Indore and an Undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology India.



Based in Dubai, Shamlee has worked within the research industry in the US, India and the Middle East. At Contax Partners, Shamlee is in charge of scanning the energy market, maintaining and updating the Phoenix database on a daily basis and providing support to the BA team for client deliverables. Shamlee has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Interested in Joining the Contax Partners Team?

If you have experience in the energy sector and enjoy research and consulting work, and are interested in working with a dynamic, energetic team of smart professionals, and having fun at the same time, send us your CV!

Employment Opportunities

Consultants (2) Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sales Manager - Bahrain and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Sales Engineer - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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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 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 and Africa. 

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