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Gregory Marchand is a Principal at Avencion; an emerging market management consulting firm, and the Founder and Chairman, of Gizmos Solutions (GSL), a global IT consulting, engineering, and technology company with offices in Africa and North America. His professional background includes experience with Citibank, MCI Worldcom, AT&T, Exelon, Barclays Bank, State Farm Insurance, MTN, Airtel, UNICEF, and various departments in the United States government.

As one of the most respected thought leaders on African business today, Greg speaks regularly at major international business gatherings and has been featured in leading international publications among them the Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, and Black Enterprise. In 2012 Greg was invited by the US Secretary of State Clinton to speak at her first ever Global Business Conference and has also been a speaker at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Wharton and Cambridge Business School Africa Conferences. In 2010, Greg Marchand was named to Black Enterprise Magazine's 40th Anniversary List of The Next 40 Business Leaders. He has worked with African governments, the US Department of Commerce and State Department to execute trade and investment missions from Africa to the United States, and he frequently hosts US companies in Africa for trade and investment events, including hosting leaders in Africa such as former US Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Prior to starting businesses in Africa, Greg was a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting in the Financial Services, Energy and Technology practices. He attended Dartmouth College and received a BA degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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