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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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Aya Alkabarity

Program Manager

A strategic and analytical international program manager with a strong background in strategic and operational management and 8 years of progressive experience leading initiatives / projects at local, regional, and global levels. An inclusive, pragmatic and bilingual leader focused on delivering outstanding leadership while ensuring project management excellence across multiple vertical industries. Highly proficient in operational management, data analysis, and problem solving. Verified ability to evaluate and enhance organizational strategies across multi-cultural environments while leveraging strategic analysis, resources, and social capital to create sustainable and scalable initiatives. Driven to lead and grow, implement solutions, drive positive change, solve ongoing problems, and empower global communities.

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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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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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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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Francesco Pesci

Board advisor

Senior executive with more than twenty-five of experience in luxury consumer goods. My career initially unfolded in sales, where I focused on business expansion and managed traditional multi-brand and franchise partnerships, in addition to proprietary retail networks. In the last ten years, I was in a global CEO positions three consecutive times in mid-sized European companies. I have experienced reporting to different types of ownership, like private families, one large luxury group and one major PE fund. Industry wise, I have worked in menswear, sportswear, jewellery and home décor. Open-minded and a good listener, I have excellent analytical and communication skills which, in combination with a warm personality, allow me to be a likeable and active advisor and mentor. In addition to conversational Japanese and native Italian, I am fluent in English and French.

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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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Stephane Boulissiere

Chief Revenue Officer freelance

Following are highlights of my qualifications:  I have more than 20 years of experience in multichannel marketing and business unit management for multinationals and start-ups like Orange, Sony Music, Fox Mobile, Appiscreen, Lovoo and DCMN.  I am an expert in setting up and developing international digital and SaaS business units in France: * Fox Mobile, implementation and development of the business in France and Benelux: revenues of 30 million euros per year. * Lovoo: launch and marketing of the mobile application, still in the top 10 most profitable applications on the French market. * Appiscreen: development and deployment of an international online mobile advertising platform: demand side platform. * DCMN, advertising agency for pure players: establishment and commercial development of a French subsidiary. Recruitment of a team and operational management. Turnover: 8 million euros in 18 months. * Offerista: setting up of the French subsidiary, signing of major accounts in multi-campaigns web to store Education: Degrees in marketing and finance management, Paris Graduate School of Business and a Master in management of digital interactive services, Institut National de l’Audiovisuel and European Media Plus program My strengths: Expert in multi-channel marketing and communication strategies: online, direct response TV, programmatic media buying, Google, Facebook, CRM, Inbound and Outbound marketing, Saas, Product, Lead Generation, SEA, SEO, SEM, E-mailing, Inbound & Outbound Marketing, Content Marketing, CRM Specialist in business development of innovative companies' business units.

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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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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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David Romeo

Founder & Managing Director

Management consultant and project manager with experience in product design and development, sector development, investment promotion, digital transformation, sourcing strategy and execution, market research and go-to-market strategies. An entrepreneur having led the establishment and growth of a small business in the media and entertainment industry, and now in the digital platforms and solutions space to bring his own ideas and innovations to market. Also has experience as an investor focusing in new and emerging markets.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.