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Gordon Vala-Webb

President / CEO

Twenty years of helping organizations become smarter. Start-up experience including leading one and working with others. Deep organizational change experience combined with BoD leadership roles (including on Board of the International Association of Innovation Professionals).

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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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Stelios Tigkas

Head of Information Security

Hello w0rld! My name is Stelios. I am an Cybersecurity geek with 20 years of work experience in the field, more than 12 of which have been with NCC Group Europe. I have worked as a technical consultant, PCI DSS auditor, team leader and penetration tester primarily across Europe, but also in Asia and Africa. I currently work as the Head of Information Security @ Solutionlab. I am also in charge of the "Greenbridge" not-for-profit project, whose aim is to bring the cybersecurity, creative arts & animal welfare communities closer to each other. I am very interested in music, animal welfare, philosophy and health.

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Nader Kabbara

Management Consultant for Artificial Intelligence

Skilled and capable of understanding business problems at the granular level, with a proven artificial intelligence deploying expertise to effectively solve or support others in solving these problems. High capability in mathematical engineering skills , accompanied with a hybrid profile with enough business acumen to decode problems and to tackle them using right methods and techniques. Experienced in applying Six Sigma and lean manufacturing techniques into production lines and processes with a strong profile in working and training in local industry. Skilled in SolidWorks, LabVIEW, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, and Management. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) focused in Mechanical Engineering from Lebanese American University.

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Amjed Al Mouaqet

Project Manager / Consultant

Certified Project Management Professional (PMP-2021) with a master’s degree in Industrial Management and Business Administration from Halmstad University. Proven success in managing multiple projects from inception through to completion while driving operational excellence to achieve business goals and KPIs. Expert in cultivating relationships and building consensus among senior manager to influence strategic change with extensive experience in preparing and presenting project status reports. Adept at maintaining project control, providing technical support within each project phase, and cross-collaborating with teams to ensure completion of projects on time and within budget/scope.

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Jascha Silbermann

Consultant & Coach

Information consultant with life-science background. Coding coach and technical writer since 2020. Traveling martial arts trainer with a passion.

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Amjed AlMouaqet

Project Manager / Consultant

Certified Project Management Professional (PMP 2021) with a master’s degree in Industrial Management and Business Administration from Halmstad University. Proven success in managing multiple projects from inception through to completion while driving operational excellence to achieve business goals and KPIs. Expert in cultivating relationships and building consensus among senior manager to influence strategic change with extensive experience in preparing and presenting project status reports. Adept at maintaining project control, providing technical support within each project phase, and cross-collaborating with teams to ensure completion of projects on time and within budget/scope.

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Vivek Bedi

Product Advisor

An engineer by education and entrepreneur by trade, I am obsessed over pioneering initiatives that will change the way we work, live, and communicate. I've spent my career focusing on people, innovation, and technology — the ingredients that I believe are fundamental to building a successful business. I'm an experienced leader with the unique combination of deep product management expertise, disruptive executive leadership, and a portfolio of motivational keynotes that have inspired thousands of individuals. Over my career journey, I have had the fortunate privilege of driving explosive change across Fortune 100 companies as well as rapidly scaling multiple startups to reach success. Having led in both environments has taught me the lesson of blending aspects of the best of both cultures together, which is the key to a winning business strategy. I am passionate about sharing these lessons on stage so others can benefit from my experiences.

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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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Mansoor Bin Hamed

Director and Founder

I am not the one to go for tried-and-tested. There is no fun or magic in doing that. I have always believed in doing things differently, taking the path less traveled. Whether it was to do a double Masters in business and Finance, join a startup project of a NGO in the Middle East, move from Business Management Consulting role in a Tier 1 Consulting firm to Risk Management implementation in a billion dollar government set up, being an advisor to a million dollar retail business to setting up a Startup to disrupt the consulting world, I always found myself compelled by the unknown. It is through the challenges of uncertainty and not knowing that I have grown to be flexible, patient, and globally minded. Working at the CEO’s office at Mohamed Hilal Group, a private retail group, there has been no dearth of unorthodox and ambiguous challenges ranging from navigating during the Pandemic (the most interesting one) to helping with setting up the right strategy and execution for the business. In Business consulting with KPMG, I was part of assisting in million-dollar M&A deal, business management advisory and transactional services. With Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, I was tasked with implementing and rolling out the Enterprise Risk and Resilience framework across 13 division and 10,000 employees. I am currently the Advising Head of Strategy and Excellence for Mohamed Hilal Group and the founder of SimpliV, a disruptive business-consulting platform serving clients as a one-stop shop for all their business needs and eliminating the unnecessary chaos from the commercial consulting. Specialties: -Corporate Strategy: Development, Implementation and Controlling -Program Management -Project Management -Process Management & Operational Excellence -Enterprise Risk and Resilience -System: ERP implementation program consultant

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Amr Elshamy

Managing Director Head of Equity Trading

Amr Elshamy is head of institutional equity trading at Arqaam Capital, with nearly two decades of investment industry experience and has been with Arqaam Capital since 2010. During this time he has helped establish Arqaam's equity trading platform as a top 2 player in the MENA region catering to some of the world's biggest institutional buy-side and sell-side clients. Amr has a proven track record of building businesses, product innovation and fostering client relationships, is a team player and proven leader with extensive experience in developing efficient workflows and trading technology infrastructure. Passionate about strategic innovation and digital transformation, utilizing technology as a tool to develop and enhance business workflows. Y

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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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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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Nazar Taib Ibrahim

Ethics & Compliance Manager

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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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Mazen Mroue

Head of Digital, Head of Performance marketing and Co-Founder

Mazen has been in many leadership and Senior roles, recently he was the head of Global Digital Media and Martech, The Netherlands/Signapore. Leading a Big team of experts based in Europe/Asia and his responsibilities cover media, technology, CRM, Website/SEO, Digital transformation, and innovation. Mazen overseed Global Digital media strategies, media pitches, digital transformation, and design of the technology ecosystem following the JBP with key suppliers such as Facebook, Google, & Tik-tok Before moving to the Netherlands, Mazen worked at the agency side for 6+ years based in Dubai, Singapore, and Beirut. His diverse portfolio covers prominent multinationals such as BlackBerry, Samsung, Emirates, Etihad airlines, and all the Richemont Luxury brands. Besides being a member of the world federation of advertisers, Core member in programmatic taskforce at Iab Nederlands, member of the programmatic committee at iab SEA+India/GCC, member of iab GCC, and holding 100+ certifications across all digital platforms and technologies, Mazen won many prestigious digital awards targeting the MENA region and is looking to score more worldwide. Mazen is a big believer in training both the body and the mind to be strong. So next to his professional achievements, he is a world marathoner and Guinness World Record holder, with more than 60 full marathons completed and many ultras.

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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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Tara Wilson

Business Strategy Consultant

As an experienced leader, Tara has spent her 20 year career primarily focused in the high tech and financial industries. With a well-rounded background, she has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, program management, sales enablement and technology. From managing national infrastructure operations (like rolling out the first cloud in a global organization), to outsourcing IT operations, to executing culture changes within organizations, to overseeing cross functional teams bringing new products to enterprise software sales. As a member of various management teams, Tara was accountable for developing internal strategic communications plans and activities for corporate roll out. Spending time clarifying complex topics and sifting through what needs to be done to accomplish business objectives was the first successful step in building impactful corporate communications to mobilize the workforce – from helping senior leaders rally employees around business initiatives to helping teams revamp cross-functional processes to adopt technology changes. Tara has focused on crafting messaging and delivering presentations to build support for corporate initiatives while also driving results. From her time in sales, Tara has had the opportunity to learn first hand how sales organizations motivate their employees and message selling products and services. While accountable for enterprise sales, Tara was able to focus on building value-based and client focused communications around the customer benefits of software adoption, financial cost benefits and impact to current workforce – providing a holistic approach to strategic account management. When freelancing with startups and small local businesses, Tara has taken the opportunity to help these organizations develop strategic plans, prioritize areas of focus and build action plans to grow presence in target markets, develop social media and communications strategies as well using her presentation experience to assist in crafting presentation material for use at tradeshows and conferences. She finds that the key ingredient to her success is to work with the team around her to harness the power of the collective to push the organization forward in the same direction. With her diverse background and MBA, she is known as a utility player who demonstrates versatility by thriving in roles where she can continually broaden her skill sets while cultivating core strengths; strategic and operational leadership; developing solutions that have both technological integrity as well as being flexible and scalable to meet the business needs and meet customer expectations; put simply, delivering the right results.

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Emmanuel Robitaille

Strategic Advisor

Emmanuel is a Strategic Advisor and Advisory Council Member for several companies across Canada and the US, spanning automotive, construction/renovation/restoration, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, insurance and banking, as well as a number of new ventures and start-ups. He sits on many Councils and Boards where he engages in Strategic Projects, Consultation, and Mentoring New Ventures and Start-Ups. His unique approach with Mergers and Acquisitions, using a simple tool he created called CREST (Clientele, Revenues, Employees, Supply Chain, Technology), allows any company, either buyer or seller, to easily target potential acquisitions that represent a perfect fit. Emmanuel has a Bachelor of Commerce from HEC Montreal, is pursuing his MBA in Strategic Management, and holds professional designations in risk management, management consultation, sales, as well as credited expertise in law (contracts and obligations) and negotiation.

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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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David Block

Consulting

I've been in the industry for a long time and have been consulting off and on for various companies. I was the CTO at Dymo, a consumer products company, as well as VP Product Development at Esselte. Products I've lead have received multiple awards for Design, Usability, and function as well as patents. I've helped many companies improve there processes and solve complex problems.

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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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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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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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Sarah Ha

Strategy & Operations Consultant

I have more than a decade of corporate experience in the Banking & Financial sector. I have developed skills and expertise in Strategic Planning, Business Planning, Financial Analysis, Business Process Improvement & Re-Engineering... I hold a BS in Banking & Finance, an MBA focusing on Strategy, and I am a certified Prince2 Practitioner. I am currently helping Entrepreneurs & SMEs to start and grow their business by creating and implementing a roadmap to become more efficient and profitable.

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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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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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Ankit Bajaj

Consultant

I love interacting with and helping others, and have excellent people skills to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate on projects at various organizational levels. Specialities: Marketing Automation, SEO, Lead Generation, User Experience, Project Management, Consultation.