SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Our Experts

Our advisors are hired from a variety of industries to bring in different perspectives and thus helping in providing insightful solutions to business challenges. Below are some of the key specialists who have deep expertise in the industry.

Baqar Iftikhar Naqvi

Baqar Iftikhar Naqvi

Business Director

baqar@wazir.in

Baqar is a seasoned retail professional and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in retail strategy and operations, covering sectors such as fashion & Lifestyle, Food & Grocery and Consumer Goods. He specializes in retail startups in India and internationally, including those in the e-commerce space.

Baqar worked over 10 years with a premiere Retail and Consumer Products consulting firm. As CEO, he then headed a men’s value brand with 600 plus stores and 125+ Shop in Shops. He was a part of the startup team and the CEO of an e-commerce start-up in the premium/designer fashion and lifestyle space. As cofounder & CEO, he then cofounded another social commerce startup.

Baqar currently works as Business Director with Wazir Advisors, advising retail and consumer products clients on strategy, operations and M&As.He also actively works in the field of Skill Development in the retail sector.

Varun Vaid

Varun Vaid

Associate Director

varun@wazir.in

Varun has experience of more than 14 years with domain expertise in textile and apparel.

Varun has worked in textile manufacturing and marketing before moving to consulting. Besides India, he has on-the-ground experience in East Africa, China, South and South-East Asia. He is an empaneled consultant with International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva and Business Advocacy Fund, Africa. Hehas led various consulting assignments related to sector growth strategy, financial appraisals, business entry strategy, policy development and evaluation etc. for leading Indian and international entities.

Varun currently works as an Associate Director with Wazir Advisors, advising public and private sector clients on strategy, implementation and alliances.

Gaurav Verma

Gaurav Verma

National Head – Skill Development

gaurav@wazir.in

Gaurav has over 10 years of experience in various domains of human resource management and skill development.

He has experience of project management, human resource management, corporate training, content development, operations management and quality assurance.

Presently, Gaurav is working as National Head for Skill Development engaged in managing skill development projects covering implementation, strategy, and management, under Central and State Government Schemes.