The 10th Anniversary International Conference "Consulting Without Borders 2021: Working Together for a Better Future"
February 1-2, 2021

Host

Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation is a non-profit organization with the main purpose to build connections, promote excellency and create sustainable growth in transitional and emerging market countries. The Foundation commemorates the remarkable life of the late Gabriel Al-Salem (USA), who worked as Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Business Advisory Program in Central Asia and made an enormous contribution to the development of the consulting industry in the Central Asian and other regions. After his tragic death in 2010, the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) recognized Gabriel’s pioneering work and granted him the honorary title of “Member of the Meridian Order.”

ABOUT

Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's main purpose is to build connections, promote excellency and create sustainable growth in transitional and emerging market countries. One way to accomplish its purpose is to help release the potential of private enterprises through the use of quality consulting services. In 2012 the Foundation launched the annual International Conference “Consulting without Borders” and the Award for Excellence in Consulting to motivate business consultants to accomplish high quality and result-oriented work for their clients. Each conference has a unique theme and focuses on specific needs of consultants and businesses in a country or region where it is held. To date, the conference and the award ceremonies have been organized in 6 countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia, Indonesia. The events have attracted more than 800 consultants, entrepreneurs and other participants from around the world.

In 2018 we redesigned the conference to be aligned with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a multi-country initiative committed to ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all. Our two conferences in Bali (in 2018 and 2020) focused on sustainability to help participating consultants and businesses discover their greater purpose, master their market, grow their operations and make a change in their communities.

2020 has seen a restatement and greater interest in key global issues affecting our future, well-being and, ultimately, our happiness.  The challenges focus on enhancing the climate dialogue, fighting inequalities and building a sustainable future for a growing population on a shrinking resource base.

The 10th Anniversary International Conference “Consulting Without Borders” of the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation will look at how we, as consultants and other professionals, can contribute to better “joined up thinking/joined up action” to help solve the key global issues and work together for a better future.

DATE AND TIME

The Conference will take place on February 1 and 2, 2021, from 10:00 to 14:00 GMT. As our participants come from all over the globe, the time has been carefully selected to make it reasonably convenient for all. Please adjust for your time zone using the following link: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock.

FORMAT

As the safety of our participants is our top priority, we have decided to deliver our annual conference “Consulting Without Borders” as a digital event so that you could join us from the comfort of your home anywhere in the world.  With no travel expenses, attending the conference “Consulting Without Borders” this time will be easy and affordable!

While we may not be seeing you in person, we are committed to creating the same valuable and engaging experience that we have been known for.  Our virtual event will feature the following activities:

  • Keynote presentations and panel discussions including live Q&A;
  • Networking opportunities for you to connect with speakers, partner experts and other participants through group meetings, private messaging and other virtual social events and activities;
  • Launch of a Mentoring Program allowing participants and stakeholders to access skills of experienced professionals;
  • Virtual ceremony for the winners of the International Award for Excellence in Consulting 2020; virtual cocktail party and live entertainment.

The Conference main discussion will be structured around four Dialogue Streams, which will include keynote presentations, panel discussions, case studies, networking opportunities, and live Q&As. The detailed timing and speakers' names will be added shortly.

Program

Moderator: Robinder Sachdev, President, Imagindia Institute (India)

Key questions:

  • Creative thinking and happiness in the VUCA world (“VUCA” - Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity);
  • Human happiness vs. economic growth?
  • Well-being and happiness: what can improve our quality of life?
  • Is there such thing as sustainable happiness? (Happiness that contributes to individual, community and global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment or future generation).

Moderator: Roman Vakulchuk, Senior Researcher at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

We have only One World and there is no Planet (B), but do we appreciate it? Key questions:

  • How do we address inequities in the ownership and use of resources;
  • How to activate green thinking and circular economy?
  • The more of less: How to achieve happiness with fewer material resources used?
  • Environmental awareness and behaviour: the role of education.

Moderator: Viktoria Olskaia, President, Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation (USA)

Why is diversity important? Key questions:

  • How does culture shape our view of sustainable development?
  • Cultural risk management;
  • Cultural appreciation versus cultural appropriation: why does it matter?

Moderator: Stephen Tupper (UK)

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #17 was specifically designed to encourage working together more effectively for sustainable development. A successful development agenda requires inclusive partnerships — at the global, regional, national and local levels — built upon principles and values, and upon a shared vision and shared goals placing people and the planet at the centre.

Key questions:

  • How can global partnerships improve sustainable development?
  • How do we build shared vision and establish shared goals?
  • How to mobilize resources to achieve SDGs?

Moderators and Speakers

Dr. Stephen Tupper (UK)

International Development Consultant; Board of Directors, Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation

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Viktoria Olskaia (USA)

President, Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation

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Gib Bulloch (UK)

Award winning Social intrapreneur and Speaker; UK's Management Consultant of the Year in 2008

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Francesco D’Aprille (Italy)

Past Chairman of ICMCI - the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes; Partner, P&D Consulting

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Robinder Nath Sachdev (India)

President, The Imagindia Institute.Global Strategist, Entrepreneur and Author

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Oliver Matar (USA)

Global Speaker, Management Consultant and Author specializing in Sustainable Success

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Dr. Mohammad Kamil Almuaini (UAE)

Founder and Chairman, International Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (IICD), Dubai

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Dr. Roman Vakulchuk (Kazakhstan)

Senior Researcher at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

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Lily Mackow-McGuire (UK)

Youth Leadership and Design Senior Manager, Restless Development

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Sanjay Saxena (India)

Managing Director, Total Synergy Consulting

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Anya Al-Salem (USA)

Student, Leiden University College the Hague (The Netherlands)

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Azamat Temirkulov (Kyrgyz Republic)

Political Scientist, Expert on Security and Peace Building

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Chingiz Kanapyanov (Kazakhstan)

Partner, GEC Consulting

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Chris Home (Australia)

Social Policy / Social Development Consultant

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Dr. Stephen Tupper (United Kingdom)

Stephen Tupper has been working in both commercial and international development projects since 1986. The projects are those funded by the European Union, USAID, UKAID (formerly DFID), Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank, and others.

He has led teams working on issues of poverty reduction, regional development and governance involving a broad mix of stakeholders from government, the private sector, NGOs/civil society and working groups of the local population, as well as serving as senior expert in other projects. To produce a positive result, Stephen has always placed inclusion as a key factor, together with the need for creative and innovative partnerships. He also considers that great sensitivity is needed in approaching each problem; it is essential to respect different cultures, varied understandings of what at first sight seem similar terms and ideas and not to push standard solutions. He prefers working bottom up, rather than top down, to ensure that projects deliver results for wider stakeholders and the general population.

During this long time, he worked in most countries in Europe, Asia, North Africa/Middle East and in parts of the Pacific. He has lived long-term in eight countries and has enjoyed, through immersion, the languages, and cultures of each of them.

At present, Stephen is engaged as a consultant in the results-oriented monitoring of EU-funded projects, concentrating on the Asia-Pacific region. He has been a member of the Board of the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation since 2018.

Contact: tupper.stevetupper.stephen@gmail.com

Viktoria Olskaia (USA)

Viktoria is a cross-cultural entrepreneur passionate about sustainability and innovation. She is an expert in communications and private sector development with the focus on post-Soviet states, Europe, and Asia. Viktoria has extensive experience working on international development projects funded by multilateral donor organizations. She also started and is currently involved in several business ventures across the globe.

In 2010, while living and working in Kazakhstan, she lost her husband, Gabriel Al-Salem, in a tragic accident. She started the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation as a USA public benefit corporation to continue Gabriel’s work in the fields of economic development in emerging market countries. Viktoria holds Master’s degrees from St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and Ohio State University (USA) and a Juris Doctor degree from Concord Law School at Perdue University Global.

Contact: v.olskaia@ga-foundation.org

Gib Bulloch (United Kingdom)

Gib Bulloch is an award winning social intrapreneur who consults, writes and speaks on a range of topics relating to the role of business in society. He believes passionately in the power of business to change the world and in the power of the individual to change the world of business.

In 2019, Gib founded the Craigberoch Business Decelerator on the Isle of Bute in Scotland where he grew up. It is positioned at the nexus of business, the arts, wellbeing and the natural environment – a space “where people and ideas can flourish.”

After a 20 year career in Accenture, Gib left the company in 2016 to write his first book: “The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent” (2018), a personal story of Gib’s 15 year journey to create and scale Accenture’s global "not-for-loss" consulting business, Accenture Development Partnerships. This innovative venture attracted significant media attention, won Accenture international awards for Corporate Social Responsibility and Gib himself was voted the UK’s Management Consultant of the year in 2008.

Gib’s career 'epiphany' came from a year as a business volunteer with the charity Voluntary Service Overseas in the Balkans in 2000. He has a degree in engineering and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde and spent his early career in BP and Mars. He is a Visiting Fellow on Intrapreneurship at Cranfield University and serves on the Board of The League of Intrapreneurs.

Contact: www.gibbulloch.com
@gibbulloch
#CorporateInsurgent

Francesco D’Aprille (Italy)

As business consultant and partner at P&D Consulting, Francesco D’Aprille has been supporting companies interested in expanding into China and in other regions in Asia as well as Asian companies interested in expanding into Europe. Together with a team of consultants in Asia and Europe Francesco designs and manages business strategies and M&A, helps finding local business partners and supports the startups of new business projects.

The focus of Francesco’s consulting relationships is on navigating cross-cultural issues, understanding what drives each distinct business market and on being alert to new opportunities. He has taken the challenge to manage a new business in China, which involves importing selected Italian wine and extra virgin olive oil, packaging knowledge and culture related to these products and making them available for Chinese customers.

Francesco considers professional associations as the best environment for his development. He is Past Chairman of ICMCI – the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes, which has members representing 48 countries around the world. For 6 years Francesco also served as President of APCO, the Italian Association of Management Consultants.

Francesco has been an Affiliate Professor of Creative Management at Grenoble Graduate School of Business (GGSB), and Guest Lecturer at the School of Economy and Management of Tsinghua University of Beijing. He has also taught at the University of Greenwich – London and the International Management Institute in Kiev. Francesco is a speaker at international forums on business exchanges between Europe and Asia. He has represented the Italian Ministry of Economic Development on the issues related to small and medium enterprises at various working committees managed by the European Commission in Brussels

Specialties: Strategy and Business Internationalization, Creative Management

Contact: fdaprile@pedconsulting.it

Robinder Nath Sachdev (India)

Robinder is a global strategist, social entrepreneur and author with over 30 years of experience in business and social innovations between nations and across cultures. He is a prominent media personality and expert with over 4,000 appearances in print media and TV, including in Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, Fortune, Forbes, NPR, CNN, BBC, Sunday Guardian, Financial News, Le Monde, Sputnik International, Russia Today, Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Economic Times, Times of India, and many more. Robinder is an expert in international affairs, communications and image, leadership, social innovation, campaign management, industry research and intelligence.

The Imagindia Institute is a new age think tank and incubator. It has played a key role in US-India and Japan-India nuclear deals, initiated the Friends of India Caucus in the US Senate; facilitated and enabled bilateral agreements on aviation and postal departments between Kazakhstan, Korea, and India. Imaginidia also had legislative impact on immigration, trade matters and clean energy as well as supported numerous government delegations, investor and business events in the US, Europe, Korea, Japan, the UAE, and India.

Contact: robinder@imagindia.org

Oliver Matar (USA)

Oliver Matar is an international speaker, global management consultant and multiple books author, who specializes in Sustainable Success. His experience includes successful implementation of more than 100 large international consulting projects in the public and private sectors in 12 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Oliver has developed a worldwide pioneering solution for Sustainable Success that integrates value creation/innovation and occupational happiness.

Oliver’s solution has been successfully implemented by the Federal Governments of a number of countries. Oliver is a frequent speaker at international forums in the USA, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, South Korea, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He is the author of “How to Achieve Sustainable Success?”- a book that contains his worldwide pioneering copyrighted methodology about how to achieve happy and durable success.

Oliver is the author of Aubible.com’s best-selling book “Counselors Beyond Knowledge.” He is also the author of “Eudemonia Redemption,” a novel that reshapes people’s approach towards eternal quest for happiness, and “Fuel of Life,” a novel that contains “DAARR,” which is a unique yet simple model that helps people improve their personal happiness. Oliver’s books have received 90% satisfaction ratings in surveys run by Google.

Oliver has served as an International Business Fellow of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK where he supervises the final MBA thesis and teaches the flagship MBA course “Strategic Consulting in Practice.”

From 2013 to 2015 Oliver represented the Institute of Management Consulting USA (IMC USA) at the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI), and from 2015 to 2017 he served as Vice Chair of ICMCI. Oliver also serves on the Board of Directors of IMC USA. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

To view Oliver’s audiovisual profile, follow the link https://youtu.be/Qw8sCvRbZtw

Dr. Mohammad Kamil Almuaini (UAE)

Dr. Mohammad Kamil Almuaini founded the International Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in 2010. This organization helps create awareness and teach people in the Gulf Region about foreign cultures.

With the increase and need of foreign workers in the Gulf Region, cultural diplomacy has become extremely important for such industries as hospitality, health care, and the energy sector. The IICD helps people foster a mutual understanding of cultural differences and embrace socio-political aspects of foreign cultures. The organization has been recognized as a pioneer think tank of cultural diplomacy in the UAE.

Contact: almuaini1@gmail.com

Dr. Roman Vakulchuk (Kazakhstan)

Roman Vakulchuk holds a PhD degree in Economics from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. He is a member of the Kazakhstan Chamber of Management Consultants (CMC Kazakhstan) and the Central Eurasia Leadership Academy (CELA). Roman works also as a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). In 2012, he contributed to the establishment of the Consortium of Consulting and Research Organizations of Kazakhstan (CCRO).

Having priceless experience of working together with Gabriel Al-Salem, Roman is a consultant and researcher specializing in strategic planning in emerging markets, energy and climate change, trade, investment climate and economic development in Central Asia. He has extensive experience in project management, fundraising, stakeholder management, market research, investment consulting, and establishing business networks in Central Asia. Roman headed various projects funded by international organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, German Development Cooperation, Global Development Network and many others. He speaks Russian, English, Ukrainian, German and French.

As a Co-Founder and Country Director at Central Asian Development Institute (CADI), Roman was a winner of the Gabriel-Al Salem International Award for Excellence in Consulting in 2013.

Contact: roman.vakulchuk@googlemail.com

Lily Mackow-McGuire (United Kingdom)

Lily has 5 years working in International Development.

She has demonstrated experience designing, delivering and scaling government funded multi-million pound programmes, with expertise in youth leadership, strengthening civil society and improving the way we do international development.

Lily works for Restless Development, the youth-led development agency. Young people are most affected by the most persistent problems in the world, yet are frequently overlooked as part of the solution. The mission of Restless is to place young people at the forefront of change and development. Their strength comes from being led by young people and young professionals, from the boardroom right through to the field. Working hard since 1985, Restless programmes have reached over 7 million young people directly and indirectly.

Contact: lilymackm@googlemail.com

Sanjay Saxena (India)

Sanjay has nearly 30 years of international experience in the development sector. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, is a fellow member of Cost and Management Accountants of India and holds advanced diplomas in Information Technology and Urban Development. His work has spanned four thematic areas – Governance, e-Governance, Public Financial Management (PFM) and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E). He has applied this subject matter expertise across a range of diverse sectors such as Urban Development, Tourism Development, Rural Development, Infrastructure Development, Water and Sanitation, Skills Development, Education, Health, etc.

He has worked extensively with multilateral international development agencies such as – The World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank, UNDP, UNOPS, UNICEF, etc. and leading bilateral such as DFID / UK Aid, Swiss Aid, Giza, DFAT, etc. He has worked with National, State / Provincial and Local Governments and public sector / regulatory authorities, in several countries. Over the years Sanjay has also conducted numerous training workshops for over three thousand senior and middle level executives, professionals and academicians. Sanjay has published more than 145 books which are prescribed as course material by over 700 leading universities and training institutes in over 12 countries. Sanjay provides extensive guidance and leadership to the TSCPL team and plays a direct role in all projects implemented making himself available to clients at all times.

Contact: info@tscpl.com

Anya Al-Salem (USA)

Anya is in her last semester at Leiden University College The Hague, where she is majoring in Earth, Energy and Sustainability. She is particularly interested in understanding the human dimension of environmental issues, through fields including psychology, education, and politics.

Anyaʼs hobbies include musical theater, reading historical fiction novels, spending time in nature, and traveling. She has lived all over the world, in countries including Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and currently the Netherlands.

Contact: anya.alsalem@gmail.com

Azamat Temirkulov (Kyrgyz Republic)

Azamat Temirkulov is a political scientist, expert on security and peace building. He currently works as a consultant for the government of the Kyrgyz Republic and international organizations. In the past Azamat worked as an analytical expert at the Security Council of the Kyrgyz Republic and as an Associate professor at the AUCA. In 2013 he earned his PhD in Political Science from the Institute for Peace and Security Research (IFSH) at Hamburg University. He received his BA and MA degrees with honor from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium).

Azamat is a winner of the Gabriel Al-Salem International Award for Excellence in Consulting 2019 in the category "Green Economy."

Chingiz Kanapyanov (Kazakhstan)

Chingiz Kanapyanov graduated from MGIMO University (Moscow) and started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kazakhstan), then held various senior positions at the National Bank of Kazakhstan. He is now implementing his experience of international development and acts as a Board member at Kazakh British Technical University, International Green Technologies and Investment Projects Centre, Halyk Global Markets. Chingiz is also engaged in NGO activities as Chair of the Board of Central Eurasian Leadership Alliance (CELA). Kanapyanov is a frequent speaker on the issues of sustainable development, regional cooperation and education in Central Eurasia.

Chris Home (Australia)

Chris Horne has been working in international development projects since 1990. Prior to this he worked as practising social worker and then social work manager in the UK followed by a period working with the Social Services Inspectorate and as a consultant with King’s Fund College. He has worked in many countries around the world and for funding agencies including the European Union, USAID, UKAID (formerly DFID), Asian Development Bank, and the World Health Organisation.

He has led teams working on a wide range of projects within the social policy/social development perspective. Specific areas of project focus have included development of public social policy services including social benefits, social service provision, acute and community based health delivery as well as a number of very specifically focussed projects, for example social inclusion of Roma people, addressing issues of school refusal, working with agencies dealing with extreme poverty and homelessness.

He also has extensive experience in a number of countries in designing and shaping new social development projects as well as assessing effectiveness and impact of such development work.

He has a strongly held conviction that both social service provider organisations and development consultancy projects should be based upon a process of listening. In providing an effective social service, attention must be paid to the view of the people who use those services. Similarly, in provision of social development consultancy projects, he regards the most effective approach to be based upon attention to the hopes and aspirations of key actors within recipient agencies. His approach, therefore, both to consultancy projects and the design and operation of social policy services is based upon a cooperative and inclusive approach which brings together stakeholders both to design and implement work, and to assess impact and quality of projects or services.

Contact: me@chrishorne.co.uk

PARTICIPATION

The Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation seeks its own partners - recognized consulting and business experts - to deliver the event. We also welcome any other participants from around the globe, who wish to contribute to the dialogue. We see this online event as a unique opportunity for the participants of prior conferences and especially the winners of the International Award for Excellence in Consulting to meet again, exchange ideas and share valuable experiences and stories of their challenges and successes.

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Please make a contribution to the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation in any amount from USD 10 to USD 500. Thank you!

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