Meet the Team

Najia Maqsood

Associate Partner

Maria Ahmed

Production Executive

Karan Tolani

Strategy and Project Management

Ilkay Demirdag

Associate Partner

Mahreen Qazi

Associate Partner

Syed Kashif Ali

Production Manager

Aizaz Zaheer

Technology Partner

Our Advisors

Paul Epping

Paul Epping is an experienced executive coach and team builder, general and program manager, directorand innovator with extensive knowledge of business processes (enterprise-wide and continuum-based) inhealthcare, education and technology for over 30 years.

He has deep international expertise in selection, implementation, management and support of innovative (information technology) solutions, in particular high-end digital solutions in the healthcare sector, education, governments and corporates, including pharmaceutical industry, construction, aviation, energy, finance and telecommunication.

Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering at Silicon Valley.  He is author of  The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future; Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech Is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain—and How to Fight Back;  The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent; and of Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology. 

He has been a globally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and held appointments at Duke University, Stanford Law School, Emory University, and Singularity University.

Saira Akbar

Saira Akbar is the CEO & Founder of Global Management Consultants, she has trained, advised, and coached individuals, and leading organizations such as Shell, Coca Cola, The Hersheys Company, Oman Air, Sanofi, GE, Mashreq Bank, just to name a few.

These interventions have been delivered all throughout the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and Australia.


Ayse Öztuna

Ayse Öztuna is the Managing Director of Odgers Berndtson, Ayse is a highly recognized figure in the fields of executive search and leadership assessment in Turkey. She specializes in CEO and non-executive director appointments as well as top management assessments.

Besides her vast local and international executive search experience across almost all industries and functional areas, she has established and led the Executive Talent Review, Talent Management and Organizational Development services in Istanbul office. She has also provided management consultancy and private coaching to top executives and entrepreneurs in various sectors. Ayse holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Bogazici University, Istanbul.