Gary is the Founder and CEO of Conversis. Established in 2003, Conversis is a leading provider of globalization, internationalization, localization and translation services with offices in the UK and USA. Conversis serves industry-leading brands throughout the world and with a particular focus on the life sciences, energy, technology and finance sectors. Prior to starting Conversis, Gary spent 16 years in leadership roles for London-based HSBC Asset Finance U.K. Ltd., one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world.
Gary is a previous Chair of GALA, the leading trade association in the localization industry. He is a regular speaker on all aspects of commercial localization at industry and non-industry events and is an advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages, a UK government-backed working party looking to advance excellence in the use of foreign languages in schools, business and government. He has also sat on the advisory boards of the two leading translation industry charitable organizations, the Rosetta Foundation and Translators without Borders, and is a keen supporter of UK and international charities, particularly those serving children and young adults.
Red Dot Digital is proud and fortunate to count on the support and guidance of an Advisory Board made up of seasoned business leaders across multiple fields. Meet our Advisory Board members below!
Jasmin is a senior, results-oriented financial executive who works extensively with emerging technology, innovation and knowledge-based companies, and with women entrepreneurs, providing both financial and consulting solutions. She has extensive experience providing strategic consulting and creative funding and investment solutions to small and mid-cap companies in Canada, and is widely knowledgeable in local and global innovation trends. As a proven thought leader in the Canadian innovation industry, she is consistently able to create competitive value, seek out and seize business opportunities, drive change, capitalize, and commercialize emerging companies. As such, Jasmin is a frequent industry guest speaker.
Much of Jasmin’s success lies in her astute ability to determine the credibility of a business’s management team, and the potential for commercialization and success. She has consistently earned top ranks throughout her 15-year career at BDC, and is currently providing analysis on BDC’s “Beyond the Deal” feature for Dragon’s Den, the well-known CBC reality show in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hope of securing investment finance. You can watch an example of Jasmin’s analysis at http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/bdc/smart-sweets.
Jasmin is also an experienced board member and advisor. She currently sits on the Canada Arab Business Council and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Technology and Entrepreneurship program. She is a graduate of York University.
Throughout his career in various industries, Doug has been recognized as a transformational leader, developing systems, processes and procedures to streamline delivery and create great value for organizations. He has over 20 years of experience in web, mobile and digital, software development, program and project management, team-building and business intelligence. He also has an extensive history of providing professional mentorship and of championing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Previous to his current position with BMO, Doug was a Senior Technology Officer with BMO Toronto, a Manager of Application Support and Operations with KPMG, and managed web and business intelligence applications development for Groupe Dynamite Inc. (Montréal). He served as magazine editor for PMI Montréal (Project Management Institute), has multiple technology-related publications to his credit, and has filed for a patent for a system that locates and extracts information from database-driven websites that are part of the deep web.
Doug is a Scrum Master and a certified PMP (project management professional); as well, he holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering with a minor in telecommunications (1999) and an M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering with a minor in networking and information systems (2001), both from École Polytechnique de Montréal, as well as an Executive MBA (Université du Québec à Montréal, 2012).
Paolo is a researcher in the fields of performance measurement and management, business networks and corporate sustainability. He has taught in 12 countries and is a regular speaker in international MBA and EMBA programs in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Previous to his current positions with Imperial College Business School, Paolo also directed the MSc in Management (#15 in the FT ranking) and the MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management. Before that, he was Associate Professor and Director of the MBA Programmes at the Royal Docks Business School of the University of East London (UK); Director of Studies of the Bradford-Perugia MBA (Italy); and Assistant Professor in Business and Management Engineering at the University of Perugia. In recent years, Paolo has held visiting professorships at New York University (US) and ESAN Business School (Peru). He has authored more than 50 scholarly articles and edited and co-authored two books.
Paolo has successfully co-founded and directed six international summer school programs for prestigious universities based in New York and is the co-founder and co-organizer of the Taiwan–Italy International Internship Program. He has significant consultancy experience in the fields of strategy, operations and sustainability with both small and large firms in 10+ industries. He also co-founded two firms in the fields of engineering and consultancy.
Paolo holds a bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering, as well as an MBA and a PhD in industrial engineering operations management. In 2017, he completed the High Potentials Leadership Program (Executive Education) at Harvard Business School. In 2018, he was featured on the Poets & Quants’ “40 Best Business Professors under 40” list. In the same year, Paolo was awarded the decoration of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (OMRI).