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Shantalla Overview

OUR EXPERTS DELIVER TRUSTED ADVICE AND RESEARCH

Founded in 2010 in Toronto, Canada, Shantalla provides retainer-based advisory services and project-based research  for clients in the public and private sectors globally. Our advisory services and research portfolio includes:

  • Strategy and Policy Advisory
  • Supply Chain Integrity incl. Traceability and Brand Protection
  • Product and Consumer Safety incl. Recall
  • Supply Chain Transparency & Consumer Trust
  • Sustainability, Compliance & Governance
  • Supply Chain Standards (GS1)
  • Technology Advisory incl. IoT & Blockchain Use Cases)

With key resources in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, our global trusted network allows us to rapidly expand our resources and expertise to help you addess specific challenges and opportunities. To support your research needs, we subscribe to multiple sources of market intelligence, academic research, industry reports and professional articles and deliver up to date intelli-briefs.

Our Team

Our Team

John G. Keogh

Founder & Managing Principal

John is an innovative thinker with over 30 years of industry experience. He has lived and worked in Europe, North America and Asia and held executive roles such as Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Vice President of eBusiness/CIO, Managing Client Principal for Supply Chain, RFID and Manufacturing Solutions, Global Director Product & Consumer Safety at GS1 Global Office and Senior Vice President of Traceability and RFID at GS1 Canada. John’s clients range from industry executives to government officials, inter-governmental agencies, enforcement agencies, industry associations, solution and services provider CEO’s spread primarily across food, beverage, tobacco, consumer goods and services. He is a sought-after speaker, moderator/facilitator and expert advisor.

He holds a post-graduate Diploma in Management, an MBA in General Management and an MSc in Business and Management Research (with distinction). He holds certifications in quantitative and qualitative quality control, production and inventory management (APICS CPIM) and in the design and implementation of RFID. He is currently undertaking a research doctorate (DBA) in food chain transparency and consumer trust at Henley Business School, the University of Reading.

His main areas of expertise are:

  • Supply Chain Integrity
  • Supply Chain Traceability and Recall
  • Supply Chain Transparency and Consumer Trust
  • Blockchain and IoT use-cases
  • Anti-counterfeit and Brand Protection
  • Supply Chain Standards (GS1)

John is a dual Irish-Canadian citizen and resides in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He can be contacted at John@Shantalla.org

Megan Keogh

Associate Researcher

Megan provides administration and research support to the team. A final year student at University of Toronto majoring in English and Literature, Megan has developed her expertise in synthesizing complex business and academic literature and provides a vital role in researching and drafting Shantalla’s Intelli-briefs for our clients. Megan was born in the Netherlands and is a dual Irish-Canadian citizen and lives in Toronto, Canada.

J. Marcelo Gomez

Senior Advisor

Marcelo is a trusted advisor in the private and public sector, and a professor in the applied technology domain. He specializes in strategy, sustainability, traceability, business process innovation and engineered standards. He participates in a wide range of projects including design and implementation of organisational programmes and international business development for exclusive fortune 100 organisations. With a specialisation in complex, multi-stakeholder supply chains, he has led projects from food waste processing to research initiatives in supply, demand and global distribution. He has held academic appointments mentoring MBA students through the MBA Gold Mentoring programme at Manchester Business School, and acted as editor with the International Journal Innovation Science (IJIS) in New York.

He holds an MBA from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Business & Management Research from Henley Business School at the University of Reading where he is currently undertaking doctoral research into food supply chain integration and sustainable performance with particular interest in perishable products. He is an APICS CPIM and is a certified supply chain instructor with APICS and in 2009 he was certified as a food safety consultant. Professor Gomez is Toronto based and a native Spanish speaker.

Stephane Torres

Senior Advisor

Stephane has over 25 years business experience and has operated extensively in the Asia Pacific & European markets, delivering successes in marketing, business development & market entry management. He has a passion for connecting people & matching business opportunities. A trained chemist, he has held several executive roles in sales & marketing across Asia Pacific and worked for multi-nationals & medium sized companies such as Elf Aquitaine, Atofina & Coates Inks. He has formed business alliances with corporations such as Pirelli Cables, George Fisher, Shell, BP Castrol, Exxon Mobil & Fuchs among others.

Stephane holds an MBA & a Masters in International Marketing, in addition to his two chemist degrees. Stephane is a native French speaker and a dual French-Australia citizen and resides in Cambodia.

Kevin Dean

CTO

Kevin is a professional Engineer with extensive experience working at the intersection of business and technology, in particular in all aspects of the supply chain, and also in financial and insurance applications. His work includes technology strategy development, application design and development (mobile, web, and desktop), database design, big data analytics, and more. As Special Projects Consultant to GS1 Canada, he is heavily involved in the development of the next generation of supply chain standards and is a member of the GS1 global Architecture Group, which is responsible for technical oversight of all GS1 standards.

His main areas of expertise are:

  • Blockchain and supply chain traceability
  • Internet of Things, in particular its applicability to supply chain artefacts
  • Big data analytics through graph and relational database technologies
  • Mobile, web, and desktop application design and development
  • Technology strategy development
  • Supply chain standards development (GS1)

Kevin holds a B.Sc. (Engineering) and an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and is a Professional Engineer registered in Ontario, Canada. Kevin is a Canadian and resides in Toronto, Canada.

Jeffrey Itell

Senior Advisor

Jeffrey is a geopolitical risk adviser and public management expert who has consulted to numerous large international organizations and governments. He served three years with the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan (2009-2012) and four years with the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany (1983-1987). Recently, he has led and contributed to projects on Brexit, the Arab Spring, conflict resolution, regime stability, terrorism, stabilization, reconstruction, counter-insurgency, governance, accountability, and globalization. His accomplishments include redesigning the United States disaster response plan and the U.S. federal crop insurance program. He has testified before the US Congress on numerous occasions.

Jeffrey was a senior manager in the private sector, providing solutions in enterprise software, disaster and crisis management, academic business enterprises, and real estate. He is a former featured columnist for the Washington Post and regularly contributed as a writer and broadcaster to major newspapers, magazines, television, and radio.

Jeffrey has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Buffalo University and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University. Jeffrey is an American citizen and resides in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Our Partners

Our Partners

Shantalla extends our expertise with talented partners around the globe who complement our portfolio and engage with us and our clients.


Our Approach

Our Approach

Shantalla provides strategic advisory and research capability for clients globally. Our retainer-based advisory provides clients with a minimum of 8 hours per month which can be spread across our resources and expertise. We augment our clients resources and knowledge and our SAFE framework helps clients achieve a blueprint for success more quicky:

Strategic

Tackle your challenges with expert advisors and researchers who will assist in formulating and refining your strategic plans and policies.

Aligned

Ensure alignment with key industry and public sector initiatives and trends to gain a competitive edge.

Flexible

Access the innovative resources of a nimble team of our global experts and partners when and where you need them.

Efficient

Gain peace of mind from our timely and effective advisory and research; delivering immediate and measureable results.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Transparent global value chains that inspire stakeholder trust and deliver safe products.

Our Mission

Our Mission

To unlock the potential of information exchange and transparency in global value chains to improve stakeholder trust