Group VP & Regional MD, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey

As group vice president and regional managing director of IDC Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Jyoti Lalchandani is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, and coordination of IDC's market intelligence and advisory services, sales, conferences and events, go-to-market services, and office development activities in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). With more than 18 years of experience in emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Lalchandani has been instrumental in establishing IDC’s presence in the region through the initial expansion of the Dubai headquarters and then by spearheading the development of IDC offices in Johannesburg, Istanbul, Riyadh, Casablanca, Lagos, and Nairobi, with plans for an office in Cairo, Egypt.

Starting at IDC’s Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) headquarters in 1995 in Prague, the Czech Republic, Lalchandani served as IDC's regional consulting manager. In this role, he headed several country-based project teams in advising multinational and local IT vendors about issues related to entry strategy, competitor analysis, ROI analysis, distribution and partner evaluation, and market segmentation. Lalchandani later took on the additional responsibility of overseeing the CEMA software practice, in which he was responsible for overseeing all related research (applications, system infrastructure, and tools) and advisory work across emerging EMEA countries.

Before joining IDC, Lalchandani served on the national board of international non-profit organization AIESEC, where he managed the association's partnership agreements with leading Indian conglomerates. Jyoti Lalchandani graduated from Loyola College, India, where his studies focused on strategy management and business policy. He later attended a corporate-sponsored program at MIT's Sloan School of Management in Massachusetts, U.S.