Ed SmithEdward Smith  


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With over 20 years of experience in the consulting and marketing industry, Edward has spearheaded and delivered several consulting projects across the Middle East and Asia. He has worked with Deloitte’s US and India operations as a Director, is a LEED accredited professional and also a leader in sustainability.

A Management Master Class graduate from Harvard, Edward has been a key note speaker at IFMA conventions; is a member of CoreNet, the American Business Council, and the British Business Council and is also a BOMA FMA. He has also worked as an instructor as a part of a facilities PhD program and is currently giving classes in Enterprise Sustainability and Value Engineering as well as keynote speeches at Index.


Sriharsha copySriharsha Neergundha Nagaraj


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Sriharsha, Advisor and Board Member at GCG is based out of Bengaluru, India. He has multi sector expertise and has worked with a number of start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. His work roles have varied from being a Director, Strategic Alliances Director, Director Business Development, Technical Director, Project Director, amongst many others. Presently he is also functioning in the capacity of Director – Business Development at Compassites Software Solutions, Bengaluru, India.

Before relocating to Bengaluru, Sriharsha worked in the Silicon Valley for a number of years. His passion now is to help foreign companies realize their India business objectives through customized solutions to reduce entry risks and compress gestation time for profitability.

Business decisions often arise unexpectedly and need to be dealt with immediately. Using market research and strategy as the basis, he now advises client as an Indian Markets Specialist.

He has an Engineering Degree from Malnad College of Engineering from Mysore University and an Executive MBA from IIM- Kolkata.


Vishal PandeyVishal Pandey


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Vishal is a Dubai based Growth + Competitive Strategy expert who has lived and worked in the UK, India and across the Middle East. He has over 15 years of experience across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian sub-continent in consulting, market research and sales & marketing across a diverse set of industries.

Previously with Deloitte Consulting’s Dubai offices, he was part of a team responsible for strategy and operations assignments across the Middle East and North Africa region. He has also worked for a Dubai-based regional market research and advisory firm in addition to working with Colliers International, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces.

Vishal has worked on hundreds of b2b research + strategy engagements mostly across MENA and South Asia region. He is a recognized Growth + Competitive Strategy expert and has been numerously interviewed on the subject. He contributes frequently to several regional and Global publications in the areas of growth and competitive strategy, policy, retail and real estate. Vishal is also a visiting faculty in various business schools in UAE and India.

Vishal holds an MSc in Business and Real Estate from the University of Glasgow and a Diploma in Hotel Management. He is also often invited to be a speaker at key Middle East foreign investment, innovation, growth strategy and retail industry conferences.


Derrick aC. Derrick

Director – Africa

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Derrick is a consultant based in Zimbabwe who has extensive experience across Sub-Saharan African markets. With over 6 years experience in market intelligence and growth consulting, he has done numerous projects in key sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa involving Environmental and Building Technologies, Infrastructure Development and Automotive and Transportation Sectors.

Previously with a global research consultancy, he has built a strong reputation within the industry and is a recognized thought leader. Furthermore he has published numerous articles in the South African and International press, featuring as an expert analyst on several news programs (on local and international television networks) and has received numerous invitations to participate and speak at key industry events and conferences.