Testimonials

Zoë Cousens is one of the most knowledgeable and supportive women in the field of finance and investment banking that I have ever worked with. Her extensive knowledge is unique and her desire and passion to empower other women shows in all of her initiatives and activities. We at Mompreneurs Middle East had the pleasure of having Zoë as one of our judges during the Pitch Finale and she generously shared her time and feedback with the ladies of our community. She also supports their business and took many of the relationships further after the event by purchasing their products on a personal level and giving them advice on a professional level. Zoë is a true example of someone who believes in empowering women through educating them on their financial literacy. She is definitely a great role model and mentor to other women in the community.

Mona Tavassoli, CEO and Founder, Mompreneurs Worldwide


Zoë is an inspiration to women in finance everywhere. She is a successful entrepreneur, a financial whizz, and a thoroughly lovely person to deal with professionally. Her achievements, from being one of the first women on the floor of the LSE to making a monumental move from Guernsey to Dubai and starting a business from scratch are awe inspiring, and she continues to blaze a trail through the local financial industry. Mabrouk!

Fiona McClafferty, former Senior Manager of Big Four accountancy firm, Dubai


Zoë has a talent for making difficult concepts easy to understand. She also instills trust in all who deal with her and has a genuinely altruistic approach to upskilling women so that their financial well-being is appropriately taken care of.

Angela Calnan, Head of the Middle East Group and Group Partner of international law firm, Collas Crill

Zoë’s genuine approach and her commitment to the wellbeing of her clients, combined with professionalism and strong business ethics, makes her stand out from the crowd when looking for guidance with your financial planning matters. Having the courage to uproot her life and a stable career spanning over 30 years, to launch and grow a successful business in a wholly new environment speaks volumes about Zoë’s determination and makes her a true inspiration to me and other professional women.

Hanna Ylijukuri, former Director at Dubai-based fiduciary company


I have been working closely with Zoë for over 10 years and I never fail to be impressed with her professionalism and detailed knowledge of investments. She consistently provides an exceptional service to all clients focusing on their requirements in a flexible, confidential and responsive manner. Zoë takes immense pride in her work and this is evident by the client and intermediary base that she has built up and the clear enjoyment she finds in various roles. Perhaps one of the keys to her success is her strong desire to share her knowledge, she is always keen to educate clients that do not have wider investment experience in order that they can make informed decisions and really understand the options that are available to them.

Coryn Le Clerc, Director, The Fort Group, Guernsey


I have known Zoë for several years. Her industry knowledge and insight gained over many years in different areas of the profession enables her to approach her clients’ investment needs with a more institutional approach, but delivered with a personal touch. However, it is her passion and determination which impresses me the most. In the last 2 years, Zoë has moved to Dubai, understood the local market, built an impressive network and founded Castellet Consulting to meet a gap in the investment market, particularly in empowering women with their finances. Overriding this, is her passion to integrate in the Dubai business community and to serve her clients with their investments.

Arabella Henman, Client Development, London-based investment company


I have worked with Zoë Cousens for two years and have found her to be very knowledgeable, always reachable, focused on each client situation’s particular concerns and objectives. She is prompt, practical, layman friendly and consistently goes the extra mile.

Linnane Haley Director, Landmark Trust Group, Monaco

In the dark suit, dominated world of Financial Services and Investment Management Zoë provides a refreshing injection of colour. Zoë brings a great depth and breadth of knowledge and experience covering Investment Management advice to both Private Clients and Family Offices. Zoë takes time to understand her client’s needs and objectives before providing advice and guidance to ensure the best outcome for the client. A pleasure to work with.

Kieran McDonnell, Chartered Financial Planner, London & Dubai


I worked with Zoë on a case involving a comparison of Guernsey international finance centre with a European competitor for a specific query. Zoë responded very quickly, understood well what was required and then produced a very high-quality comparative analysis. Zoë has also assisted in another case, involving investment for an expatriate based in the UAE, where she demonstrated strong knowledge of the issues and made sound recommendations. I would describe Zoë as being a consummate professional, who really does go out of her way to assist wherever she can.

Patrick Crowley, Director & Private Banker