Chief Strategy Evangelist

         

GERARD M. PILLAI has more than 20 years of industry experience working for Global Multinational Consulting Organization, Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers),  United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) funded Inter Governmental Organization in addition to advising technology companies from start up to growth stages, including overseeing Mergers & Acquisitions by Global Brands and IPOs.

He is a past Councilor of PIKOM (The National ICT Association of Malaysia), a member of Technopreneur Association of Malaysia (TeAM), past panelist for MDeC (Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation) committees, Evaluator for Government Grant Committees, Panelist for SIRIM, HRDF Committees among other appointments. He graduated with a BA(Hons) Accounting & Finance (Liverpool, United Kingdom) and MBA (International Management) (Australia) in 1993 and 2001 respectively. He has in the past, also been appointed as a Judge for the HSBC Young IT Entrepreneur Awards (YITEA). 

He was also given the honour to be the Moderator for "NetBash @ WCIT Kuala Lumpur" panel session, where the main speaker at the event was none other than world famous author, speaker and one of Apple’s tech wizards and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, Guy Kawasaki. He and other notable speakers such as Hollywood Producer and CEO of Rocket Fish Studios, Terry Thoren; Executive General Manager of Al Jazeera’s Children Channel, Mahmoud Bouneb; and, Founder and President of Prosperati and an ex-Googler, Colin Wong, made up the lineup of speakers at NEF NetBash @WCIT.

He has also been invited as an Industry Expert for PEMANDU driven labs, which is the primary government agency to drive the country's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). He is regularly appointed as a Judge / Evaluator for Social Entrepreneurship Grants & Scholarships in addition to being the Judge for the Internationally recognized technology awards, MSC Malaysia APICTA Awards

In 1999, he was accepted as a Professional member of the Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia. He is a member of the Institute of Marketing Malaysia (IMM), Malaysian Association of Facility Management (MAFM) and Associate of the Institute of Asset Management, UK. In addition, Gerard is also a member of the Malaysian Finance Association, an Associate member of the Malaysian Association of Certified Coaches and a member of the Malaysia Australia Business Council

He has actively been appointed as a Business Coach and Mentor for organizations from diverse industry verticals and has extended his services and experience to countries such as India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Japan and others. As a testament to his vast industry exposure and domain expertise, Gerard has also been appointed to the Board of Advisers of many Private Sector Companies including a Fund & Private Equity Entity. 

Mr Pillai has also been invited to speak at many Universities and Institutes of Higher Learning around the country on topics such as Entrepreneurship, Management and Career Paths. He is also the creator of the Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program, "ideas@thepondok" (literal translation: ideas at the hut / shelter / village meeting place). 

Gerard is currently the Chief Strategy Evangelist and Founder of EI Content Knowledge House (part of the iContent Group of Companies) and is pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration at one of the country's leading Universities.


 

Gerard has been invited to speak at various seminars both local and international. A sample seminar he has spoken at can be viewed here.

  

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