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Business Bites: Working in consultancy and doing the right thing

Gurdeep Gahir, Director of Ad Esse Consulting in conversation with Dr. Debarpita Bardhan-Correia, Dean of Faculty of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Buckingham.

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Are you thinking of a career in consultancy? Is social purpose and making a difference important to you? Can the two align in the real world? Gurdeep and Deba will bust some common myths about being a consultant and the perception that it means having to trade-off being true to your values.

They will also discuss how organisations can build successful businesses around delivering social value – and why Gurdeep has chosen to forge a career that is focused on social purpose.

This live online event will last for one hour and will include an opportunity to ask questions.

Event Speakers

Gurdeep GahirGurdeep Gahir is owner-director of Ad Esse Consulting, a small London-based consultancy firm that specialises in helping organisations with a strong social purpose to deliver successful business improvement and transformation. The firm adopts a practical approach, quietly underpinned by the principles of Lean, Agile, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking and Innovation. They help clients to create organisations that continuously improve and adapt without ever losing focus on the reason they exist: the customer.

Gurdeep began his career in banking before moving into the social sector, working with a provider of affordable housing. He soon started a new role implementing change with the same company, before starting with Ad Esse as a consultant. He now runs the business with a business partner and has been lucky enough to work with organisations across Housing, Health, Police, Local Authorities and Charities to deliver work that has improved services for people who often need them the most.

Gurdeep completed an MSc in Service Management at The University of Buckingham, graduating in 2012.

Debarpita Bardhan-CorreiaDr Deba Bardhan-Correia, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Humanities and Social Science. Prior to becoming Dean, Deba was Deputy Dean and Academic Director in the school overseeing all the academic provision and student experience. Deba’s keen interest lies in enhancing the teaching and learning experience for students at all levels.

Born in Kolkatta, India, Deba completed her undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Following her degree, Deba worked in Sales and Marketing for The Oberoi Group, an international luxury hotel chain.

Deba’s research interests lie in the area of people and performance in a service setting. Her doctoral research titled, “An examination of the relationship between frontline employees’ perceptions of people management practices and their prosocial service behaviours” explored how management practices influenced frontline employees’ in going the extra mile in an ownership context.

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