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Parag Shirname  


A proven director and strategic business consultant working within large corporations, Parag, brings 17 years of consulting experience and business acumen to any area requiring change and/or improvement. He possesses the ability to take charge of strategic direction and the implementation in day to day operations; a creative "thinker" with strong analytical and diagnostic capability, a "motivator" with a highly energized, self-starter, charismatic and entrepreneurial mindset, and a "doer" with demonstrated planning and project management capacity. Parag has intricate knowledge of Executive Search, Diversity in the workplace, manufacturing operations and the retail network.As a former diplomat, Parag was responsible for top-secret international technology transfer and negotiations between the arms trading company of Russia, called Rosvorouzhenie and the Indian purchasing organization. The corporate world welcomed Parag, after his stint as a diplomat, through multi-faceted assignments from Country Manager, MSX International, to Regional Manager Asia Pacific and Africa and onto the Manager and Dean of the Ford Academy for Ford Australia. He successfully developed company strategy to expand operations in Australia and Asia-Pacific including establishing presence in Japan, China, India and Thailand. Parag is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Parag has vast experience involving change management, organizational mobilization, planning, and strategy development. He has high-level director experience for both national and international companies across Asia-Pacific, Africa and Russia region adding significant value to corporate business transformation and growth initiatives. Within his field of retail performance enhancement, he brings the insight of over 17 years practice across territories as diverse as management consulting, international technology transfer, sales growth, revenue enhancement, network readiness and major company reorganizations. As a speaker, Parag is personable, practical and direct. He takes a creative yet commonsense approach to business, knowing that the best solution and the best outcome are only arrived at in the context of the commercial realities impacting his clients and boards. High energy, diligent and deeply committed to his audience, Parag is an experienced company director and has served on several executive committees. Parag co-founded Asia Pacific Diversity Foundation, an International Non-Profit Organization that is committed to the development of Asian leadership and strategic thinking. For the last two years, Parag has been the CEO of Diversity Asia Pacific. APDF's vision is to achieve measurable positive economic impact in the region through diversity initiatives. APDF's mission is to help organizations enhance competitiveness, leadership and strategic capabilities through its public programmes, conferences, publications, policy research, business councils and diversity forums. APDF is into management consulting and provides executive search services to companies and trusted insights to governments, businesses and the diplomatic community. APDF also acts as a knowledge channel through interaction and dialogues with thought leaders through International Conferences and Seminars.


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