Entrepreneurial Developments in Consultancy: What makes a successful consultant?

Friday 12 June 2015

6.30pm - 9.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2 7HA | Maps

BCS Members £10, Non BCS Members £15, CMI & IC Members £10 (+VAT @20%)


With the ever increasing complexities of operations, organisations in different sectors, whether private or public, are turning to consultants and consultancy firms for solutions. So, what does it take to succeed in such a competitive, highly demanding environment and stay ahead in your business?

In this much anticipated plenary session, our speakers Tom Gilb (Systems Engineer), Humayon Dar (Finance Industry), and Nina Risoli (Kensington Central Library) will share their expertise and experience drawing on from successful and challenging case studies. The event's focus will be on developing entrepreneurial professional consultants, who apply their expertise in private businesses, government departments or non-profit environment.

We hope this session will be the basis for open discussion of stakeholders who are willing to share their experience with the wider community.


Tom Gilb

Tom GilbBCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has made Tom Gilb an Honorary Fellow. Tom was presented with his award by Roger Marshall, the Institute’s Deputy President. Tom, an internationally recognised independent teacher, consultant and writer, has been recognised by the Institute in honour of his many achievements including his pro bono work. Tom is the author of nine books, and hundreds of papers on these and related subjects. His latest book ‘Competitive Engineering’ is a substantial definition of requirements ideas. His ideas on requirements are the acknowledged basis for CMMI level 4 (quantification, as initially developed at IBM from 1980). Tom has guest lectured at universities all over UK, Europe, China, India, USA, Korea - and has been a keynote speaker at dozens of technical conferences internationally.

More information is available on his personal website

Professor Humayon Dar

Humayon DarProfessor Humayon Dar -HD is currently serving as Chairman of Edbiz Corporation, a London-based holding company that has business interests in the Islamic world, and owns Edbiz Consulting, a financial consulting firm doing projects in Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and some other countries in the OIC-block. He is an Islamic economist, futurist, writer, Shari’a advisor, academic entrepreneur, philosopher and a transformational thinker, specialising in Islamic banking and finance. Professor Dar holds a BSc (Hons) and MSc (both in Islamic Economics). He has an MPhil and PhD (both in Economics) from Cambridge University, where he conducted research on Islamic finance. Professor Dar also sits on the Board of Directors of Arab British Chamber of Commerce - a high-level body supported by the British government and the governments of the Arab countries.

More information is available on his personal website

Nina Risoli

Nina RisoliSenior Reference librarian - Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Nina has over 20 years of experience as librarian. She conducted many seminars and workshops to support businesses and consultants. The most recent workshops were Mint UK and COBRA and these are databases where start-up companies and consultants can make extensive use free of charge.


6.00pm - 7.00pm    Registration (Coffee and networking)
7.00pm - 7.05pm    Welcome by BCS Consultancy Chair (John)
7.05pm - 7.35pm    Case Study from ICL (Tom Gilb)
7.35pm - 8.00pm    A Journey Academia-Consultancy (Humayon Dar)
8.00pm - 8.10pm    Effective use of online resources (Nina Risoli)
8.10pm - 8.30pm    Panel Discussions Q&A (Tom, Humayon and Nina)
8.30pm - 9.00pm    Dinner and Networking