Events

Building on our previous “Consulting Without Borders” events, which attracted more than 1000 consultants and entrepreneurs from over 20 countries, we embarked on a daring new adventure to help consultants discover their greater purpose, master their market, grow their practices and make a change in their communities.

In that spirit, we redesigned “Consulting without Borders” to create an Open Space, which allowed the participants to interact in a simple, productive, organized way to create valuable dialogs that addressed their most important issues.  The emphasis was on a discussion instead of listening to eyes-forward presentations.

We aligned our Open Space with the United Nations 2030 Global Goals, a multi-country initiative committed to ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. We believe that business consultants, as change-makers, can boldly lead the way for the world we all hope for, both in their own countries and internationally.

 

During our discussions we touched upon the following topics, which went in line with our new sustainability agenda:

  • Set your practice apart: Wow your clients with your commitment to social causes;
  • Time for Add-Ons: Redesigning TOR to gain competitive advantage;
  • The Marketing Guru: Grow your business by focusing on others;
  • Leveraging Partnerships to build capacity, ensure effectiveness and enhance efficiency.

We invited recognized international experts in development and corporate consulting, who helped prompting discussions by sharing their own experience and revealing exclusive know-how.

True magic happened when consultants came together with the purpose of delivering a greater value to their clients.  In Bali, this powerful interaction manifested itself in exponential energy, inspired implementation, precious business connections and lifelong friendships. 

We offered exclusive Add-Ons to make our Bali Open Space truly unforgettable:

  • Eat:
    Our participants explored the great variety of local and Asian fusion cuisine;
  • Pray:
    We visited the sacred Balinese temples;
  • Love:
    We organized yoga and meditations classes.

 

 

After the Open Space all our participants joined us for our exclusive 4 day/3-night tour to Ubud, the heart of Bali.  The tour included:

  • Staying at the unique Swasti Eco Cottages (baliswasti.com) with organic restaurant and organic spa;
  • Visiting local enterprises focusing on innovation and sustainability (Hub EcoSmart, Bamboo Indah factory, Green School, etc.);
  • Sightseeing (Monkey Forest in Ubud, Jatiluwih rice fields, etc.);
  • Tasting food from different Indonesian islands;
  • Unlimited fresh coconuts throughout the stay;
  • Extreme White Water rafting;
  • Tibetian Bowl meditation.

Bali Open Space Highlights

Bali Open Space Participants


Международная открытая НEконференция “Консалтинг без границ” на Бали

Основываясь на опыте наших предыдущих конференций «Консалтинг без границ», в которых приняли участие более 1000 консультантов и предпринимателей из 20 стран мира, мы задались целью еще больше раздвинуть наши границы и раскрыть перед консультантами новые возможности, которые помогли бы им более широко увидеть свои задачи, лучше понять свой рынок, расширить свой консалтинговый бизнес и внести позитивные изменения в общество.

Задавшись такими целями мы переработали наши мероприятия «Консалтинг без границ», и создали НЕконференцию, которая предлагает участникам простой и продуктивный способ общения, обмен опытом, который затрагивают их наиболее важные проблемы.  Акцент делается на живом обсуждении конкретных проблем, а не на общих презентациях.

Мы согласовали задачи нашего мероприятия с Глобальными целями Организации Объединенных Наций 2030 -- многострановой инициативой, направленной на прекращение нищеты, защиту планеты и обеспечение процветания для всех в рамках концепции устойчивого развития. Мы считаем, что бизнес-консультанты, как катализаторы изменений, должны возглавить движение для создания общества, в котором мы все хотим жить, как в своих странах, так и на международном уровне.

В рамках НЕконференции на Бали обсуждались темы, соответствующие задачам устойчивого развития:

  • Как сделать свой консалтинговый бизнес отличным от других: удиви своих клиентов приверженностью социальным вопросам;
  • Важность «добавок»: что добавить в TOR, чтобы усилить свое конкурентное преимущество;
  • Гуру маркетинга: помоги себе и своему бизнесу, уделяя внимание другим;
  • Используй партнерства для создания потенциала, обеспечения эффективности и повышения результативности.

Мы пригласили признанных экспертов в области международного развития и корпоративного консалтинга, которые приняли участие в дискуссиях,  поделились личным опытом и раскрыли эксклюзивные ноу-хау.

Когда консультанты совместно ищут решение проблем, они находят потрясающие решения.  Коллективная работа на Бали создала мощную энергетику, вдохновение, ценные деловые связи, которые переросли в искреннюю дружбу.

Мы предлoжили нашим участникам эксклюзивные «добавки», которые сделали Open Space на Бали незабываемым:

  • Ешь:
    Познакомили с разнообразной кухней индонезийского архипелага;
  • Молись:
    Посетили знаменитые храмы;
  • Люби:
    Приняли участие в классах йоги и медитации.

 

После окончания основной части НЕконференции все участники присоединились к нашему эксклюзивному туру (4 дня / 3 ночи) в местечке Убуд – в сердце Бали.  Тур включал:

  • Проживание в уникальных эко-коттеджах Swasti (baliswasti.com) с органик- рестораном и органик-спа;
  • Посещение местных эко-предприятий, всемирно известных своими инновациями и устойчивым производством (Hub Eco Smart, Бамбуковая фабрика, Green School, и т.д.);
  • Осмотр окрестностей (Лес обезьян, живописные рисовые поля Джетилуи);
  • Дегустирование кухни с разных островов Индонезийского архипелага, а также Asian Fusion, New Age, и т.д.;
  • Безлимитные свежие кокосы на протяжение всего тура;
  • Увлекательнейший рафтинг по священной реке Аюнг;
  • Знаменитая медитация с тибетскими чашками (Tibetan Bowl meditation).

Краткая презентация НЕконференции на Бали

Информация об участниках

The Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's International Award Committee has selected the winners of the 5th International Award “Consulting Without Borders."  The Committee has also chosen the prize-holders of the EBRD Business Advice Best Practice Award, a special internal award organized by the Foundation for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.  The winners were announced and honored at the award ceremony on November 3, which became part of the EBRD International Conference: Competitive consulting: agility, innovation and internationalization.
 
Please find the information about the award winners and their projects here.

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (SLLC) is a new School at the University of Kansas, where Gabriel Al-Salem learned Russian and received his BA in 1989.      

On September 1, 2015, Viktoria Olskaia attended the SLLC’s Inaugural Convocation and spoke about developing partnership between Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation and the SLLC. Margarete Dorsch, Gabriel’s mother, was also present.

In summer 2015 the Foundation helped the SLLC make logistical arrangements and company placements of KU students as part of the SLLC’s 8-week Russophone Experiential Learning Program in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 

On September 1, 2015, Viktoria Olskaia and professor Marc Greenberg, SLLC Director, held a recognition ceremony for two of the outstanding returnees of the first iteration of the program: Garrett Farlow, a double major in Journalism and Slavic (Russian), and Michael Hemphill, Russian language major. Both students studied Russian at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan and worked as interns.

Garrett assisted the Kazakhstan Press Club with a number of important projects, including helping Kazakhstan journalists break away from government censorship. Michael worked at Key Partners Consulting making significant contributions to cross-cultural communication by assisting with translations and external electronic communications. He also did excellent work for Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation preparing summaries of the winning cases for the Foundation's Annual International Award for Excellence in Consulting “Consulting without Borders - 2015.” Both students received certificates, commendation letters and $250 checks from Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation.

 

References:

  1. Slavic Department participates in the Inaugural Convocation of KU’s new School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (Lawrencían Chronicle Fall 2015, p.p. 7-8)
  2. First Russophone Experiential Learning Program in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Lawrencían Chronicle Fall 2015m p.p. 9-10)
  3. From the Kazakhstan Press Desk: A Summer Internship Abroad

Organised by:

Funded by:

European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development

Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation Turkish Management
Consultants Association
This project is funded by
the European Union

16-17 April 2015, Istanbul, Turkey

The conference brought together professional consultants from across Turkey and the region, as well as Turkish and international business owners, top managers and international organizations active in private sector development.

The theme of the conference in 2015 was Turning knowledge into value. It provided a forum for discussion of best practice in business and consulting from around the world and how to apply these for real-world impact and business growth.

The overall agenda included:

  • A half-day conference with three international key note speakers and cases presented by last year’s winners of the International Award for Excellence in Consulting
  • A networking dinner & award ceremony for the International Award for Excellence in Consulting 2014
  • A full day workshop on Management Consulting Tools, delivered by Brian Ing, from the International Council of Managing Consulting Institutes.

 

At the gala dinner / award ceremony, which traditionally took place after the conference, Viktoria Olskaia, President of Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation, announced 10 prize holders from 7 countries. This year the Award International Committee received the total of 50 applications from 18 countries. The gala dinner participants not only cheered on the award winners but also enjoyed their artistic performances.

 

1 February 2014 Kyiv, Ukraine: 3rd Gabriel Al-Salem International Conference «Consulting without Borders» and the Ceremony for the winners of the International Award for Excellence in Consulting 2013

Viktoria Olskaia, President of Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation, will meet with management consultant in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia

On April 25-26, 2013 Viktoria Olskaia, President of Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation, attended the Small Business Support Annual Workshop at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.  Viktoria presented the results of the first two conferences “Consulting without Borders” and the competitions for the Gabriel Al-Salem International Awards for Excellence in Consulting, which were held in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on February 1 in 2012 and 2013.

Viktoria Olskaia, President of Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation, attended a Networking event for women entrepreneurs in Kyiv, which was organized by the Ukrainian BAS team of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Viktoria Olskaia, President of Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation, visited Kyiv, Ukraine to start preparations for the next Conference “Consulting without Borders” and the ceremony for the winners of Gabriel Al-Salem International Award for Excellence in Consulting, which will take place on February 1, 2014.