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Digitalisation: opportunities for innovation in consultancy

  • 14 - 15 Nov 2018
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • EBRD with the support of the EU
Digitalisation: opportunities for innovation in consultancy

The future is a digital world: for combatting declining productivity, fostering innovation, finding new markets and new routes to market.

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Whether it is cognitive computing or contracts held in the blockchain, smart platforms or agility enablers, digital should be a priority for all enterprises.

How digitally mature are your clients? And what can you do differently to compete in a digital world? But what if there’s more to Big Data than just volume? And what about digital security, company culture or infrastructure limitations? What even is a smart contract?

Join the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for the second international conference of consulting professionals in Cairo, Egypt on 14-15 November 2018 to find out.


The EBRD, with funding from the European Union under the EU Initiative for Financial Inclusion, believes strongly in assisting consultants to build their competencies, exposure and network so they can provide high quality services that the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector is ready to pay for long into the future.

As participants you will have the opportunity to:

   • Gain a competitive advantage through this unique opportunity to learn from leaders in the consulting industry and the business world.

   • Be part of breakout sessions and learn to apply new techniques, models and approaches for consulting in the digital era.

   • Combine experience with innovation to take your consulting business further.

   • Expand your network and seek new opportunities by meeting with consultants from a wide range of markets, as well as a number of international consulting firms interested in engaging with local partners.


The participation fee for attending the conference and gala dinner is €200, payable online via credit or debit card. In addition, a seminar on the EBRD Proposal Writing course will be offered on November 13. The participation fee for attending both the seminar and the conference is €280.

We look forward to seeing you!

This event is funded by the European Union. It is not for profit and the European Union funds enable a strongly discounted participation fee to be offered to participants.

See details on our first Competitive consulting conference in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Find more about how the EBRD helps small and medium-sized businesses in 29 countries.

Session description:

Not an era of change, but a change of era. The fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, is expected to bring developments in technology, materials and processes that will not only change the way businesses operate, but how humans work, consume and live. What does this mean for the consulting industry, big and small? Take a data-driven look at current trends in the consulting industry and see how to take your consulting practice into the future.

Keynote and moderator: Simon Østergaard, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies

Simon Fuglsang Østergaard is a seasoned Futurist at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. He helps a global client base on a strategic level to work systematically with the future and try and convey it to the present, through the exploring of megatrends and their impact on organisations and societies. Simon’s main areas of focus are the future of education, labour markets and business development, and he has worked extensively with how technological advancement spurs new innovative business models.


Didem Altop, Ashoka Group

Didem Altop describes herself as a serial community builder and agenda setter, addressing a diverse range of business, social and economic development issues. Co-founder and Managing Director of Endeavor Turkey, she developed and led the first and most competitive growth acceleration programme in the country for selected high impact entrepreneurs since 2006. Through Endeavor Turkey, Didem also served as the spearhead of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Turkey and Endeavor CaseCampus Entrepreneurship Learning Programme and most recently has acted as the Executive Director for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Didem currently continues to serve as a founding board member for Ashoka Turkey.

Paul Ashcroft, Ludic Group

Paul Ashcroft is the author of the book ALIVE: Digital Humans and Their Organizations (2018) and co-founder and partner of The Ludic Group. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in the UK, Ludic is a pioneering consultancy that is shaping the future of work through next generation consulting, engagement and learning. Paul delivers smarter ways of working for some of the world’s biggest organisations. With a background in mathematics and strategic consulting, he is an expert in applying principles of Innovation, Design Thinking and Digital tools and methods to accelerate large scale, sustainable change, digital transformation, people engagement and capability building.

Paul Connolly, Management Consultancies Association

As the Deputy Chief Executive and Think Tank Director of the Management Consultancies Association, Paul Connolly is a leading authority on UK consulting. He ran the MCA’s Year of Digital (shortlisted for an Association Excellence Award) and is currently coordinating the MCA’s Year of Disruption campaign. He is well versed in the opportunities and challenges for the consulting industry stemming from technological change. He leads the MCA’s research programmes on consulting activity, examining the markets in which consultants operate, their service offerings, recruitment strategies, commercial models, partnerships and their use of disruptive technology.

Antonio Fanelli, OECD

Antonio Fanelli is an international consultant specialising in economic development issues related to private sector development, SME policy and country competitiveness. Formerly Deputy Director of the OECD Private Sector Development Division, Antonio coordinated SME policy and competitiveness projects in emerging economies and conducted SME policy assessments in Middle East and North African countries, south east Asia, Latin America and south-eastern and eastern Europe. Prior, he worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from 1992-2001 in London and Albania and at the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade in Rome, Singapore and Beijing (1981-92).

Qais Sabri, Eon Dental NV

Qais Sabri is an entrepreneur focusing his efforts in the medical technology industry for the MENA region. He is a Director at Eon Dental NV, a patient-centric medical device manufacturer of custom-made dental appliances and a treatment platform that utilises the latest CAD/CAM and 3D printing technology. Qais began his career with Wells Fargo Wholesale Banking Division as a Relationships Manager underwriting facilities for middle sized enterprises. He then returned to Jordan and founded QS Medical, a medical devices sales and consultancy company that acts a one-stop-shop for emerging manufactures of proprietary technologies, offering a range of services from market access all the way to strategy implementation and OR proctoring.