The global business landscape has changed substantially over the past year, but expansion has not stopped. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, companies have continued to forge ahead and pursue ventures into international markets. Yet, what does expansion look like today, and what aspects must growing businesses keep in mind as they work to establish themselves globally. Our panel of experts will delve into these issues and provide insights on the top expansion destinations in 2021.


Adam Sheffield

Chief Revenue Officer, Global Upside

Adam brings more than 15 years of experience leading sales organizations in the HCM and Professional Services market. He currently oversees the global sales organization and helps Clients navigate global workforce complexities in over 170 countries. A true entrepreneur at heart, Adam is tenacious in designing strategy and mentoring teams to forge strong client relationships and transform the way businesses manage growth. Prior to Global Upside, Adam has held a variety of leadership roles for ADP, one of the world’s largest outsourced payroll and HR companies, including Vice President of Sales, Global Enterprise Solutions, for ADP in North America.

Tony Ahern

Finance Director, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Tony currently holds the role of Finance Director at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He started his career in audit department of KPMG. Tony has over 25 years’ experience in senior finance roles including roles in multinational biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and software companies. Tony has strong international experience gained from senior finance roles in Europe, US, and the Asia Pacific. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a member of Institute of Directors Ireland.

Srinath Keshavan

Chief Executive, Trade Risk Consulting

Srinath Keshavan is an experienced consultant with a focus on international trade and banking. He was a commercial banker in Hong Kong before leading the Trade Finance & Risk function at several commodity trading firms in Singapore. Srinath now offers his expertise in the capacity of a trainer/consultant, and over the past 20 years has delivered trainings in 50 countries. Srinath’s specialization lies in structured trade and commodity finance, banking practice, transactional risk analysis, financial crime compliance, and relationship management. He also supports a fintech enterprise with global reach.