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Rakesh Dayal

Dayal Kumar Rakesh




RMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of Global Trade, Class of 2023


Director - Client Officer
Ipsos Vietnam
“The resources from the Hinrich Foundation and its community of experts will help enhance my consulting skills and enable me to provide a sustainable approach to Global Trade leadership.”

Scholar background

Rakesh has over 20 years of marketing and research experience with several major market research companies. Today, he is the Client Officer of Ipsos, a multinational market research and consulting firm. He is responsible for driving business growth among existing and new clients across different sectors in Vietnam.

Prior to Ipsos, Rakesh spent seven years at Nielsen – a leading market measurement firm. He served as the Executive Director – Head of Consumer Insights for its Vietnam branch and later became the Executive Director for Nielsen UAE in 2018, where he was in charge of developing the firm’s FMCG and Retail business in the Middle East and North Africa markets. He was also a Senior Research Executive at Kantar.

Rakesh completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Sambalpur University in 1994 and earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing Management from KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research in 2001.

Personal statement

I am part of the leadership team of Ipsos Vietnam, where we provide our clients with the foresight to build strategy while entering a new market.

The main objective of pursuing this program is to learn about the latest developments in global trade from the best educators and practitioners in this space. I have been in the field of marketing research and consulting for the past two decades and have experienced different cultures and businesses across India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

I will apply what I will learn during the MGT program to help clients and businesses across the globe develop sustainable global trade practices. As the Hinrich Foundation has a strong alumni network, I will seek support from this community to enhance my knowledge based on the practical experiences of its members.

In keeping with the mission of the Hinrich Foundation, I look forward to researching the latest topics relating to global trade, working on thought leadership with the assistance of faculty and alumni, and sharing what I learn with industry leaders at conferences and webinars. I will also spread this knowledge by sharing it with senior leaders in the industry and with the students interested in this field.

Later in my career, I would like to share my knowledge and experience with students of global trade, as well as being a good mentor. I plan to pursue my doctorate in Global Trade after completing the MGT.