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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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Segun Popoola

Co-founder

15+ years exp. in Finance, Planning and Analysis (FP&A), Customer account, service management and client services, Receivables Management, Financial Reporting, Strategy and Growth, Opex/Capex analytics, Data analytics, Forecasting, Budgeting and Modeling, Investment Research and Audit.

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Christopher Macneill

Legal Consultant

Mr. MacNeill is the legal consultant to the firm. Mark has a strong entrepreneurial and corporate background, and brings alternative dispute resolution (ADR) experience, corporate finance, business law, and environmental/natural resource specializations within an impressive and diverse skill set to A.B.C.’s Litigation team. In addition to an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, N.S. and an M.P.A., Carleton University, Ottawa, ON., he is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, U.K. School of Law (LL.B.). Mark presently is completing his Licentiate in Law (LL.L.) with U Ottawa Faculty of Civil Law, and an LL.M. with Osgoode Hall Law School, Common Law. Mark worked briefly for the U.S. Department of Energy’s, National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s, Chief Legal Office, where he was in the $600 Million bio-refinery funding program negotiations team. He presently serves as Chief Financial Officer with Nova Scotia based Airesun Global Ltd., a bio-tech corporation. He has also served as a registered consultant lobbyist and advisor with resource groups, indigenous organizations and government entities at the federal, provincial and local levels. He began his career as an accountant with KMPG and has also served as an investment advisor and professional financial planner with BMO Nesbitt Burns. Mr. Macneill is a published legal academic and educator. He has taught corporate finance, strategy, management, governance and business law with the New York Institute of Technology, Champlain College (VT), Southern New Hampshire University, Dalhousie University, St, Mary’s University, Cape Breton University, Royal Military College of Canada, and Nunavut Arctic College.

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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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Mitchell Cohen

Consultant

My focus now is on corporate strategy, growth and creating value. I have been in and around the Board room for over 25 years as an officer, a director, or an advisor. I have experience with startups and seasoned companies with significant expertise with public companies in a diverse set of industries. As a seasoned executive of several public and private companies, I have significant expertise in corporate governance, risk, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, capital structure, capital management and all SEC and public company matters. I have been a significant part of intricate PIPE transactions, two reverse mergers, public offerings, a rights offering and much more. In addition, I have full working knowledge of SPACs.

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Tyrone Matheson

Rainmaker

RAINMAKER - someone who can bring real, positive change to an organization. Someone that has the unique capabilities of making business, money, or connections seemingly appear out of nowhere. We all have gifts! Mine just happens to be the innate ability to uncover, identify and monetize overlooked opportunities and under-utilized assets in businesses. Specialties: Partnering with entrepreneurs to exponentially increase the revenue, profits and value of businesses through the use of non-conventional strategies and tactics.

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Anand Sagar

Board of Directors

Hello my name is Anand Sagar. I can handle anything complex in the world of Leadership, Finance and Marketing. I have built and managed million dollar marketing campaigns.

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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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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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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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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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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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Harsh Shethia

I am a Marketing and Growth Specialist and have been an advisor for a few VC's for their portfolio companies. Currently working in a Crypto Exchange as IEO Product Growth Manager