Co-founder of Forbes Magazine, Africa & CNBC Africa. Mr. Rakesh Wahi is a visionary entrepreneur who has been involved with early stage investments in emerging markets for the last 30 years. He is a well- respected member of the investment community and has distinguished himself in the field of IT, telecommunications, media, technology and education investments in the CIS, Middle East, South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Board Member of Cricket NSW and Chairman of SCG Cricket Neil has over 30 years’ experience in the sports industry. His latest roles have involved development of a sports rights acquisition strategy focused on securing the long-term commercial rights to key sports in the ANZ region. This has resulted in partnerships with the AFL, NRL, Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket and NZ Rugby Union (All Blacks). Neil has held senior management positions at New Zealand Cricket, Cricket New South Wales, the Melbourne Cricket Club, Lord’s Cricket Office as well as having represented NSW, Victoria, Australia ‘A’ and Fiji in cricket. He is currently a Board Member of Cricket NSW and Chairman of SCG Cricket. Neil was formerly a long-term Board Member of the Australian Cricketers Association. Post his roles within cricket Neil built and sold a sports marketing and sponsorship agency that managed the sponsorship portfolios of Sanitarium, Vodafone, Diageo (Johnnie Walker), Skins, Commonwealth Bank (cricket) and Travelex amongst others. In 2008, Neil was approached by the BCCI to recruit cricketers for the inaugural Indian Premier League. He was later appointed CEO of the Kings XI Punjab franchise where his role was to manage the start-up franchise. This included securing players and support staff through to creating ticketing programmes as well as developing and implementing a comprehensive commercial strategy. Neil has had business interests in the sub-continent for over 25 years and as result has an vast business network in the region.
Chairman of Avalon Consulting & Avalon Global Research. Mr. Raj Nair has over 40 years of experience as a doer-manager, entrepreneur, advisor and mentor. This has given him exposure across functional areas, across industries and across countries. In his current role, Raj serves as – Chairman: Avalon Consulting, Avalon Global Research and Germinait Solutions Pvt Ltd. As a strategy consultant, Raj has helped companies across diverse industries in India, USA, Europe, and the Middle East to develop strategies, align strategy to vision, grow in competitive markets, restructure to make companies more customer focused and more. After working in consumer durables marketing at Murphy, and later as a Merchant Banker with Grindlays Bank for 6 years, he set up a Marketing Research and Advisory firm and followed that up with a Management Consulting company. He thereafter, co-founded a very successful Analytics company in 2000. In 2008, seeing the opportunity in text analytics with the advent of Social Media, he founded a technology company that would create IT products that help analyse what people are saying in the digital world. Raj is an Engineering graduate from IIT, Bombay and a Post-Graduate in Business Management, from IIM, Ahmedabad. He also holds a degree in General Law from the University of Mumbai.