Ed Smith

December 13, 2022

Ed guides our teams and clients in the Middle East towards success. He joined IDG in 2021 with more than a decade’s worth of experience developing businesses, managing teams, and delivering exceptional services in that part of the world.​

In his previous role as a partner at a world-leading risk management consultancy, Ed led teams to deliver projects that grew the business in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Oman, Egypt, and Qatar.​

Ed was trained in leadership at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets, where he spent the next seven years leading teams in a variety of tactical, operational, and strategic roles in conflict zones around the world. He holds a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of St Andrews, where he also studied management, international relations, philosophy, and French.​

In his spare time, Ed likes to keep fit and enjoys scuba diving, skiing, golf, squash, tennis, and basketball. He’s also a fan of classic cars, cinema, live concerts, astrophysics, and is occasionally allowed to play the drums.​

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