Our name, values and our team

Our Name

Zavala Civitas” comes from two ancient words meaning “comprehensive community”, which reflect the essence and the spirit of our firm: inclusion of diversity, integrity and efficiency with a long-term and broad vision on attracting outstanding talents with the best fit in an international business landscape.

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Our Background


Established in 2002 and born in Europe, Zavala Civitas is a leading international firm specialized in retainer-based Executive Search and Organizational Consulting, operating in Asia with abundant successful experiences in different sectors.

Through more than 1000 executive searches and organizational consulting, we have accompanied our global customers on the path to their international business growth, by attracting outstanding executives that have global awareness, align with the company values and are able to act efficiently in local business environments.

We are a team of multicultural and multilingual professionals with diversified

backgrounds. We work in different languages including English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French





Our Team


The ability to provide our clients with high-quality talent solutions rests heavily on our experience, insights and knowledge. The key to bringing all of these factors together to reach an excellent result is our diversified International Teams.

They all had great academic record, lived in several countries with multi-language skills, bringing their practical experience in companies of their specialized industries.


Joey has +8 years’ experience in Client Services, Business Development and Recruitment Consulting related to manufacturing, FMCG and finance industry projects. Holder of a Master´s degree in Business Administration and Law, his professional experience focuses on business consulting services within the Private Banking and HR industries. Prior to joining Zavala Civitas, he worked for BNP Paribas and JP Morgan. He returned to China in 2018, to be part of a French Executive HR firm to then become the Director of ZCES in China. He speaks fluent Spanish, English and French.

Joey Hassan Suarez
China GM and Partner

Hannah has more than 10 years of experience in executive search across APAC. She started in recruitment as a Research Associate. By providing value to European SME clients on a consistent basis, she has accumulated a broad set of skills in talent acquisition of middle to senior professional profiles specially in the Industrial and Technology industries. Prior to Zavala Civitas, she worked for a boutique German consulting firm in Shanghai. She is currently the Head of Research for the China office. She speaks Mandarin and English


Hannah Zeng

Head of Research


Vikki obtained a  bachelor´s degree in English language and Literature from East China University. She initiated her career as a recruiter for PwC and she then joined Zavala Civitas as a HR Consultant. Specialized in FMCG, Consumer Electronics and Consumer Goods. She speaks Mandarin and  English

Vikki Xie
Sr. Consultant

Nichi, has overall 5 years’ experience within HR and Sales roles. Prior to Zavala Civitas, she worked for almost three years at a local executive search firm in Shanghai where she specialized in manufacturing, electrical and mechanical engineering and agriculture machinery projects. She speaks Mandarin and English.


Nichi Ji
Sr. Consultant



Talent Analyst

Our Advisors

Lorenzo Zavala
Managing Partner


Fernando de Zavala
China Founder & Partner