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Jared Verteramo

Consultant/Strategic Advisor

Strategic corporate architect with the passion and ability to identify opportunities and recognize inefficiencies, work individually and collaborate to create a detailed plan of action across the business, ensuring successful execution both internally and externally. Significant experience assuming multiple roles as a board member, executive operator, and shareholder. Known for thoughtful, pro-active leadership with an ability to connect the dots and structure deals while maintaining excellent vision, instincts, judgment and communication. Successful track record for leading both turnaround and high-growth companies, public and private, through major transformations in dynamic, high-pressure, fast-paced environments.

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Rajan Gupta

Founder

An influential leader with a polymathic mindset and capricornian determination. As a career corporate and investment banker, held leadership roles for 20+ years across continents. Led successful frontline teams of 150+ colleagues from 30+ nationalities across 25 countries in Africa and the Middle East to deliver semi 10-digit $ revenues. And then, led global agile teams cutting across organizational verticals, horizontals and diagonals to deliver solutions that simplified the daily lives of 1000s of clients and colleagues. The greatest job satisfaction was in helping many colleagues transition into leadership positions and become more successful in their careers. And that led Rajan to also become a Trainer for Stakeholder Centered Leadership.

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Ravi Chaudhary

Secretary General

Hands-on experience in Strategy & Operations in consulting as well as in industry. Skilled in Strategy, formulation & implementation, Business transformation, Process re-engineering, Project management, Policy advocacy, Primary & secondary research, Stakeholder consultations, Business development. Strong business acumen with MBA from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and certification in Management Essentials from Harvard Business School.

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Haitham Nizam

Head of Digital Transformation

I am an experienced digital transformation leader and entrepreneurship mentor. I hold a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with specialization in entrepreneurship from Walden University, USA. I published a paper on the success strategies for small businesses in Egypt in The International Journal of Business & Management. I have more than 21 years of experience in the ICT and Fintech sectors. I held several leadership positions in multinational firms including Ericsson, Huawei, and Orange. I advised several large enterprises and governmental organizations on creating digital transformation strategies. I also advised few startup founders in the UAE on building sustainable business models and creating lean start-ups.

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Dr. Vida Moradi

Founder & CEO

Dr. Vida Moradi, the Founder and CEO of Volonté Business Management, has a doctorate degree in business administration from Walden University in Minnesota. As a Harvard University certified professional, she has extensive experience in business process modeling and management, market research and process automation. Some of her accomplishments include working alongside consultants such as KPMG and Deloitte to establish comprehensive policies and procedures, and development of an automation process. She is also a member of the Dubai Businesswomen Council of Dubai Chamber, Asentiv Mastermind Community, and Harvard Business School Dubai Chapter.

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André Hedberg

Manager

Mr. Hedberg is a goal oriented management consultant with +8 years of experience of international growth hacking & business development, trade diplomacy and governmental affairs. He has a strong track-record of exceeding set expectations and finding new and innovative ways to accelerate business performance. His core areas of expertise and interest are Growth & Business Development, Corporate Strategy, Web3 & Blockchain and Corporate Sustainability.

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Elliott Coles

Founder / CEO

I've been a management consultant and advisor to big and small companies for over 13 years - and run my own small consulting business. I'm great at talking about strategy & execution, commercial propositions and business models, M&A & integration, organisation structure and team development, leadership and team development. Mega interested in helping start-ups and early stage businesses have access to management consultancy skillsets and thinking. 🤙🏽

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Bashir Ashi

Business Manager - Founding Member

Ambitious Senior Business and Operations Professional who creates strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives. Areas of expertise include Start-ups, Operations, Innovation, People Management, Risk Mitigation, and Effective Communications. Strong organization skills and attention to details, while maintaining clear focus on overall direction.

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Faisal Sajwani

Board Member

Faisal Sajwani is an Emirati entrepreneur, board member, and strategic advisor who has a passion towards driving organizations to new heights and creating sustainable growth. He has the experience of undertaking projects and transforming them into successful businesses. Faisal carries experience in a variety of fields including Real Estate, Banking & Finance, Technology, and Human Resources.

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Ahmed Elsherbiny

Associate Consultant

I am an outgoing, sociable person who enjoys mental stimulation and challenging the status quo. An engineering graduate with 8 years of professional experience across Energy, Oil & Gas, Tourism, Supply Chain, FMCG, Digital Transformation, and Strategy. Feel free to reach out and ask questions. We can chat about digitizing, organizational development, setting KPIs, scaling business, or even discussing your business ideas PS: If you still use excel for every task (or most tasks), we probably should talk very soon!

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Steve Jackson

Managing Director

15+ years Director-level experience leading business lines, strategy, product development and marketing, PR/communications, operations and project management. P&L responsibility of $350 million+, 10+ direct reports, Project Director across divisions and external partners. Developed and executed board-approved strategies for new businesses, products and brands across multiple financial services companies. B2C and B2B2C experience. Financial modeling, product design, compensation structures, distribution channel strategy, contract development and negotiations, regulation and compliance, digital and traditional marketing, customer (CX) and user experience (UX) design and implementation.

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Leslie Carter

Principal Consultant

I have more than 25 years of experience in business strategy and marketing at leading CPG, Hospitality, and professional services companies. I help small and mid-size companies develop practical, actionable strategic business plans to grow their business. This can range from entering new markets, developing new products and services, expanding into new categories or improving existing products and services and go-to-market capabilities.

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Gulya Azretovna

Board Member

Investment, Capital Raising and Management profesional with 7 years of international experience with projects across USA,UK,UAE, CIS and Africa

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Vinod Daryani

CFO / Head of Finance

Experienced in providing growth and operating model advise to growth startups in the mobility, food tech and fun tech space.

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Nwachukwu Agbakoba

Director of Business Transformation

Nwachukwu William Agbakoba is a certified Project and Change management Consultant with over 15 years of professional experience spanning the public and private sectors in North America and Africa. Currently the Director of Business Transformation for Alberta based Athabasca University and a Doctoral Candidate of the same University, he is an MBA graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He also holds program completion certificates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, Cornell University, and the University of Alberta. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC) and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). Mr. Agbakoba is also serial entrepreneur and has founded 3 companies which play in the Technology, footwear and transportation sectors. He also sits on the City of Edmonton’s Transit Advisory Board where he and co Board members deliberate and advice City Councilors on issues affecting transit. Nwachukwu is an active member of globally recognized volunteer organizations. Outside of work or business, he enjoys travelling, meeting new people and learning their cultures. In his quiet time, he enjoys reading or playing the saxophone, which he hopes to become an expert player of someday.

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Jason Merrithew

Principal

Jason is a dynamic leader and proven strategic decision maker. With experience in both M&A activities and developing high performance organizational structures, Jason believes in empowering teams to achieve goals. Chosen as one of Canadian Traveller Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, Jason is an expert in the evolution of customer experiences in tourism and an authority on technology and the impact it has on travellers and consumers. Jason has a passion for helping bring new and developing ventures to the next level, having acted as an advisor for numerous pre-seed and early stage ventures. Jason has been instrumental in early investments, operating businesses and on through to major acquisitions and exits, bringing value to organizations at all stages. As a Director of both for profit and not-for-profit organizations, Jason can bring governance experience to your organization. Notably serving as the Chair of the Board of the World Youth and Student Travel Confederation in Amsterdam, Jason was instrumental in assisting in the revitalization of the WYSE Travel Confederation. Jason is a proven team builder who empowers colleagues to achieve greater results. As a corporate strategist, Jason has led organizational changes, mergers and acquisitions, and fostered innovative business solutions to challenging problems. With experience managing small teams through to hundreds of team members, Jason is able to build high performance cultures in organizations and maximize employee engagement.

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Phil Johnson

Independent Consultant

Phil is a forward thinking business leader with 20+ years of executive level experience driving strategic planning and executive management that champions organisational growth, financial strength, and operating efficiency within the energy sector. Phil has proven results in crafting high quality and profitable companywide strategies that enable world class and valuable business services. Phil has in-depth knowledge of corporate governance and finance management, general management best practices, and performance management principles. Phil is a strategist and change-maker, driven by an entrepreneurial curiosity and unafraid of challenging the status quo. His expertise in identifying emerging risks/opportunities, problem solving, and applying creative solutions has been repeatedly proven. Phil has a proven track record in designing and implementing first-class, winning strategies, both locally and internationally, within a diverse range of industries.

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Daniel Kofdrali

Startup Consultant

Hybrid Xp in retail and tech covering a spectrum of fmcg’s and startups including ecommerce, last mile, social traveling and fintechs.

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Noor Hallak

Strategic Planning & Information Manager

Solid background in FMCG as I have developed an expertise in Marketing Strategy, Forecasting, Market Intelligence, Consumer Insights & Process Excellence.

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Bindu Ramesh

Head of Institutional Banking

Skilled Senior Banking Executive with experience nearing 25 years in corporate and institutional banking Credit. Extensive knowledge in sound credit judgement and risk management in both corporate credit and Financial Institutions. Well experienced in handling projects and development of systems related to Credit. Advanced managerial skills in team management, training and development of personnel.

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Nick Matthews

Head of Partner Success, MENA and APAC

8 years experience across strategy and operations consulting, finance advisory, and in commercial partnerships roles in B2B SaaS scale-ups. In addition, I have MBA from Harvard Business School, and am excited to advise startups on their key growth opportunities and challenges!

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Rahi Tajzadeh

President

Certified Management Consultant and proud team member at The Big Leaf. Lover of science, knowledge, education, and ethics in business. Ride Hard, Shoot Straight & Tell the Truth I have 16+ years of business management, consulting, and start-up experience in a wide range of industries. My education was focused on the science of management, entrepreneurship, and strategy. As a leader, certified management consultant, and director, I am active at every level of strategy crafting from data analysis, to opportunity spotting and to execution. I specialize in innovation, analysis, value creation, leadership, and strategy. Subject Matter Expert in: solar energy, pop-up retail, start-ups, business planning, research and analysis, consulting and strategy development, innovation management, team leadership, management consulting, written communication, opportunity spotting, and value proposition development.

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Micah Leitch

Innovation Associate

MBA | Previous CMO at fast growth startup | Own revenue generating startup | Innovation Associate for Innovation Consultancy

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haifa addas

founder and CEO

The journey that led to the birth & concept behind INSTAGLAM. I grew up with a passion and great sense of appreciation for beauty and glamour. I was also lucky enough to be surrounded by women who inspired me on a daily bases. My mother, a makeup artist and hair stylist, had an influence on me in every aspect of my life. My grandmother, who was Miss Lebanon at a very young age and who still had her hair and makeup perfectly done until her last days, was an example that a woman can take good care of herself and her image at any age, anytime and anyplace. As a child I lived in many different countries and learned many cultures - Saudi Arabia, the Levant, Europe and Canada - which led to a multicultural upbringing in which I discovered that the demand for beauty is universal. The desire to look good and feel good about oneself is essential for every woman. As a teenager it was as if I was preparing myself for INSTAGLAM; I was always applying makeup for my friends, cutting and dying their hair, recommending beauty salons and hairdressers and makeup artists, and I would help them book appointments in different places around the world. As I grew up and entered the work life, I worked as a marketer for luxury brands like L’Oreal, Lancôme, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Helena Rubinstein, and I worked with celebrities for leading Pan Arab magazines, where I got to take care of the celebrities' beauty needs while they were in town. I also met so many talented professionals, each unique in her/his own way. I truly came to understand that these professionals have visions, skills, abilities and ambitions. Whether they were beginners or half way through their careers, these artists all have talents to share and grow. Half way through my journey, It became pretty clear to me that no matter where, when, or who, everybody needs to be pretty and glammed from time to time, and more importantly, everybody has the right to look great and to feel great about themselves, regardless of their age, circumstances and size of their wallet. Which is where the idea for INSTAGLAM came in. An online portal that can bring beauty experts together under one roof, and closer to anyone’s reach. INSTAGLAM envisions revolutionizing and simplifying the way we use beauty services, turning around the usual clients-go-to-experts model the other way around. It is my vision and my hope that as many people as possible, if not the entire world, can get a chance to enjoy the soul-enriching rewards of beauty and glamour. It is also INSTAGLAM’s vision to give artists the opportunity to reach their potentials in every way possible. Be it thorough our exposure or the opportunities that they may find through us, I hope the experience is fulfilling and rewarding in every aspect of their life.

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Sidharth Ramachandran

Head of Strategy and Investor Relations

I currently serve as the Head of Strategy & Investor Relations for a VC. I have a passion for technology and the startup ecosystem and have an in-depth understanding of different startup businesses and operational models. I am passionate about helping companies grow and will be happy to guide and mentor the right startups.

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Maddy A

SaaS Growth

I help #B2B & #SaaS founders scale fast! -- Revenue growth with a scientific approach to marketing funnels, tech automation, and sales team processes. More specifically I help with: - Growth Hacking by Designing & Automating end-to-end funnels (& team structures). - Continuously create messaging that attracts, using customer's own words. - Increase conversions by having an in-depth analysis of Sales & Demo calls. - Design a growth plan and sales playbook with KPIs to maximize revenue. - Build the right sales and marketing tech stack for you. - Lead gen with both inbound and outbound. After founding several startups, 200+ employees & my last exit, I am now helping B2B startups achieve their sales potential. Sales is a science. Just like you engineer your product into existence, you need to build a sales & marketing machine to help people see how your product changes their lives for the better. I realize that the secret of startup growth is NOT in hiring a great salesperson, or a rainmaker who can magically sell more. But to build a sales system, so that anybody (almost) can sell more. That's how it becomes much easier to scale.

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Sonal Adlakha

Independent Consultant

I am a practicing consultant with 15 years of experience working across built environment, energy access, sustainability and Agri business. My experience in Distributed Renewable Energy has helped create meaningful change in societies by improving agriculture, enabling livelihood, providing clean drinking water, light and mobile connectivity in flood affected areas and access to quality healthcare at the very last mile. I am looking to bring my skills and experience in creating an impact by facilitating entrepreneurs aimed at achieving sustainable development goals.

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GArth LIkes

VP Product

Married, one child, pet dog. Been in business for 33 years, Started 4 companies, taking two pubic on major exchanges. Bootstpped these companies on a credit card. My niche is startups. Am a certified managment consultant.

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Stephen Rawson

CFO

Stephen is an expert in digital and data strategy and implementation. His content expertise spans cloud computing, machine learning, AI and data-driven marketing, as well as digital product strategy and development. He currently supports the MEA region’s largest private and public sector enterprises on top-level strategies and program management in these topics. In addition to his large-scale consulting work, Stephen has grass-roots experience building small companies. He is a founding member of School of Humanity (an online-first high school) and frequently advises startups on (1) strategic topics like product-market fit and go-to-market, (2) operational topics like performance mgmt., scaling, processes, culture and hiring, and (3) corporate issues like fundraising and M&A. Prior to moving to strategy, Stephen held several roles in Finance in Europe across Goldman Sachs, Lazard and PwC. In this time, he supported several high-profile deals such as the $30bn+ sale of chip manufacturer ARM to Softbank and the $25bn merger negotiations between London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse. Stephen studied Economics at the University of Cambridge, and also holds a MSc Finance from Bocconi University in Milan.

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JAN KAZNOWSKI

consultant

I have been working in the Middle East for over 20 years and during this period I have lived in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman. As business leader I have run two manufacturing companies, two major distribution business and led business development in all the businesses I have had responsibility for. I have a strong work ethic and believe that honesty and integrity as well as respect for ones colleagues of all levels, are crucial to the success of a business and to life. I am moving to semi-retirement and looking forward to sharing my experience with the new generation of business leaders, innovators and managers.

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Virginie Raphael

Founder & Managing Partner

Virginie Raphael is an experienced early-stage investor having spent close to a decade at Tusk Ventures advising and investing in early-stage founders operating in highly regulated industries (early Uber, Lemonade, Bird, Ro, and FanDuel). She recently launched her own firm, FullCircle, a pre-seed fund focused on the structural changes required to create a better workforce.

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Yaroslav Ivanov

Global Talent Manager

Experienced professional with 10+ years of experience advising start-ups and Fortune-500 companies on issues of strategy, talent, and leadership. Lived and worked in Russia, Moldova, Canada, UAE, and Switzerland/ Global mindset. Young father of two. Amateur hockey player, with an appreciation for good beer and good company.

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Geetika Tahilyani

I am a passionate consultant with over 10 years of global experience across consulting, supply chain management, enterprise risk management, project management and engineering. In my previous position as Engagement Manager with Protiviti Middle East Consulting, I led a team of 10 consultants and managed 5 key client accounts. I led multiple business development initiatives. My strong analytical skills and ability to deep dive have helped me identify the real challenges faced by my clients and offer innovative solutions to address those challenges. My experiences have helped me hone my critical thinking ability, interpersonal skills and leadership skills. Working with cross-country teams has prepared me to succeed in complex environments and take up new challenges. The prospect of solving diverse problems across industries makes Open Advisor an ideal platform for me.