Managing Director of Ideas91
Alumni of Harvard Business School and a gold medalist in Engineering, Rohit Dev has always aimed high. With a list of achievements to be proud of, one of Rohit’s first early successes was while he was Director and Partner at Elekta Gulf for 10 years. Rohit re-launched the brand ‘ELEKTA’ in the GCC, after its global collapse, and grew the organization by a 35 % CAGR across a ten year period; growing the employee base from 0 to over 250 and launching more than 300 products in over 20 markets successfully!
In 2009 Rohit set up Ideas91, one of the largest consulting, distribution and e-commerce companies for products in the kitchen and home electronics category across the Asia, Middle East and Africa. Since the launch of Ideas91 in 2009, the organization has grown every year at over 50 % and has become a name to reckon with in a short span of time. Rohit has been instrumental in conceptualizing the strategy and vision for the organization – so as to enhance the value of all stakeholders including customers, suppliers and employees and under his leadership, the employee strength has risen to 75 employees. Today Ideas91 has successfully partnered with over 100 organizations in over 30 markets and become a regional player to reckon with. Rohit Dev is also on the board of directors of the Harvard Business School of the Middle East
Mahesh Jaishankar is the Vice President - International Connectivity and Infrastructure at du, the integrated telecom service provider in the UAE, where he leads the development of du’s global Infrastructure which includes investments in Submarine Cables and datacenters worldwide.
He was also instrumental and lead the development of datamena - the carrier neutral ICT hub in UAE.
Mahesh has over 20 years of experience in the Telecom & IT industry in the Middle East and India, where he has successfully led the Strategy, Business development, sales & marketing and product management of a wide range of telecom products and services. .
Mahesh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications and an MBA in Information Technology from University of Leicester.
Entrepreneur Tim Ansell co-founded Dubai based packaging machinery distribution company Al Thika Packaging in 1999, after working previously in the U.K., U.S. and Australia, establishing sales, service and distribution networks for manufacturing companies in the fields of test equipment and packaging. Al Thika now has offices throughout the Gulf and serves more than 2,000 customers, from multi-nationals to start-ups.
With 25 years of experience working in the Gulf, Tim has an in depth knowledge of the regional manufacturing sector, and provides us with insight into the needs of SMEs, and of their interaction with global and governmental institutions at a local level.
Jayesh Ravindranath is "A brand building, business strategy and marketing communications specialist. With over 30 years of strategic inputs focused on business development in retail, FMCG & services sectors. Jayesh has lived & worked across India, the Middle East & Asia Pacific.
Experienced in the management and leadership of brands, and, business growth. Has worked with major multinational companies like JWT, Grey, Leo Burnett & Landmark Group. Now is a consultant & advisor to various companies in the Middle East, India and Malaysia."
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