Ed SmithEdward Smith  


Relevant experience

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 Pandey

Managing Director

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Vishal is a Dubai based Market Entry & Insights advisor who has lived and worked in the UK, India and across the Middle East. 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. Vishal has been involved in over 500 research + market entry engagements mostly across MENA and South Asia region in his career spanning 18 years across a diverse set of industries.

He is a leading MENA focused Market Entry & Go-To-Market Strategy Specialist. He has been numerously interviewed on the subject. He contributes frequently to several regional and global publications in the areas of growth & market insights, tourism, policy, retail and real estate. He is also often invited to be a speaker at key Middle East and South Asian foreign investment, innovation, growth strategy and retail industry conferences. He is currently on the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts.

Vishal holds a MSc in Real Estate and Regeneration from the University of Glasgow, a UNWTO Themis degree in Tourism and International Cooperation for Development from The George Washington University and a Degree in Hotel Management.

Vishal is the Founder and Director of Data On-A-Plate (DOAP), a leading Marketing Intelligence platform for the highly competitive restaurant industry. Outside of work Vishal is involved in a number of charity initiatives in his home state of Uttarakhand in the Indian Himalayas. His blogs can be seen at www.vishalpandey.net.


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.


Rahil Hasan

Market Entry Strategist

Relevant experience
Rahil is a Dubai based market entry strategist assisting businesses to enter, expand and grow in the UAE and wider Gulf region. He hold an MBA with a focus in International Business.

Rahil currently drives the Corporate Services division of GCG, taking care of the clients post feasibility requirements. He advise the clients on – the best suited legal structures, be it an acquisition of a local player, setting up a manufacturing facility or opening up an office.

Truly customer focused, one of Rahil’s clients had to say the following about him: “Rahil has the ability to provide guidance and advise in an easily digestible fashion, a true rarity in the world of business consultation. I believe what set’s Rahil apart is his dedication to his clients, regardless of their investment or company size, the way he handles strategy and execution and his ability to simplify incredibly complex issues. I think you’ll be hard pressed to find a better strategist to work with”.

In his spare time Rahil pursues his passion for travel and photography.


Amit Saxena

Research Director

Relevant experience
A MBA graduate and over 14 years of diverse experience in market research and consulting offering knowledge & expertise of consumer research (Quantitative & Qualitative).

Demonstrated continued success in consultative servicing and strategic planning for prominent clients (including leading brands from food & beverages, dairy, personal care, banking, apparel industry and aviation sector specialist in association with Changi Airport management in Middle East. Work closely with many international management consultants such as Colmar Brunton, Bain Consulting, Andarakis, Peppers & Rogers Group, Oliver Wyman for strategic projects in Middle East.

Extensive experience in handling ‘service quality management program, ‘customer experience management program’, ‘customer advocacy (net promoter score)’, ‘new concept / product development’, ‘pre/post campaign assessment’, ‘usage & attitude research’ for clients.

Highly analytical and technically sound approach in addressing business needs. Have a consummate knack for managing people with practiced negotiation skills and influencing consultative expertise.

Currently based in Auckland and support clients in their vision of successful new initiatives across Middle East markets.