Russell Dalgleish

Serial entrepreneur & global ecosystem builder
giving you the courage and expertise
to grow a community around your brand
for global success.

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Russell delivers TEDx Talk in London
Represents Scotland in Lisbon
Speaks in Seoul, South Korea
Joins panel for GEW2022

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About Russell

Russell Dalgleish has a thriving career as not only a serial entrepreneur but an investor, strategist, director and member of the Advisory Board at the Scottish Government’s CivTech® Programme and to the Board of Trade. Through his extensive experience in diaspora engagement, Russell has come to believe that networking is the key to building a strong organisation and career.

As an interactive keynote speaker and executive coach, Russell brings the experience of overcoming adversities to build a range of successful companies and highlights opportunities available to entrepreneurs today for those who are brave enough to reach out.

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In 2023, Russell will be delivering a live LinkedIn Masterclass in London and holding a series of sessions on How to Build a Global Community. Don't miss out on this brilliant opportunity!

As the addressable market for our products and services expands exponentially and globally it is clear that we require to build business models to accommodate this new paradigm.

Our customers wish to engage directly with our brand and the marketing models we have built for B2B and B2C sectors require to be adapted.

My experience has been that by building communities around our brand we can support this new customer demand and enhance our global competitive edge without incurring crippling costs and infrastructure overheads.

I have first-hand experience of this process through building a diaspora network for Scots which today has over 10,000 active participants across 73 countries.

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Keynote Speaker

Russell is a highly-experienced speaker having delivered talks at conferences from New York to Brazil (check out the map below).

Renowned for his ability to emotionally connect through storytelling, Russell captivates and engages the audience, taking them through his journey and meeting people on theirs.

He has spoken and written extensively on diasporas, networking and leadership and brings his lived experience and a depth of knowledge on these topics.

Hearing Russell speak on community will allow you to:

  • Understand how to access new sales and collaborative opportunities
  • Build low-cost entry to new international markets
  • Identify, appoint and benefit from voluntary brand ambassadors
  • Improve customer retention, realise opportunities and generate qualified referrals as customers identify themselves as part of your community
  • Achieve brand recognition at a fraction of traditional costs

Russell’s warm, narrative driven style has generated rave reviews from audiences around the world and will leave you feeling empowered with key insights on how to take your business forward.

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Executive Coach

Coach to entrepreneurs and business leaders, Russell brings his experience, expertise, and energy to support others in amplifying their success.

He is Founding Managing Partner of the advisory group, Exolta Capital Partners, and Founding Chair of the Scottish Business Network (SBN) - the global network supporting Scottish business leaders to achieve international success.

Russell has enjoyed the benefits of a highly successful international career in the technology sector and now focuses his efforts on supporting entrepreneurs and owners of companies to devise and implement global growth strategies. In his earlier career he has held board leadership positions with international companies achieving turnover in excess of £200m.

If you would like to benefit from working with Russell then please get in touch to start the conversation.

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Global Network Mastermind

Russell has curated a Global Network Mastermind through which entrepreneurs will gather at Scotland House London and online. The hybrid training and virtual follow up sessions will show you how to leverage LinkedIn to deliver on your potential. They're not to be missed so get in touch to be the first to know when registrations re-open.

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"Russell is an outstanding, inspirational speaker. Also, a great chair, panel member and interviewer as well as an all-round great guy 👍🏻 I have the privilege of knowing Russell and benefiting from the enormous contribution he makes to helping companies grow and scale. Russell is a tireless advocate for Scottish-based businesses travelling the world to help connect the Scottish diaspora... I have nothing but admiration and respect for what has been achieved. Whilst a very busy networker and tech entrepreneur, Russell makes time to understand your business goals and provides lots of useful ideas and connections to help you along the way."

Andrew Morrison, Founder & BD Director

AM Bid

"I attended Russell's talk about Business Growth at a Business Gateway event last week in my role as marketing assistant to my husband's business. Russell was so inspirational, giving really practical tips that could apply to a multi-national as much as to a small self-catering business like ours. He also went above and beyond expectations by giving personalised advice by email - with some great tips that we hadn't even considered before. A great figurehead for Scottish business around the world."

Miriam Adcock, Project Manager

Zero Waste Scotland

“Russell empowered an audience of 100 people during his talk at British Polish Business Lunch at London (April 22).

He provided practical insights on how diasporas can better work together to impact business growth.

The feedback received from the audience: inspirational, fascinating panel of speakers and a lively debate. 5 out of 5 stars.”

Bart Kowalczyk, Founder & Director

Polish Business Link

"Russell Dalgleish is a perfect guest! It was my great pleasure to interview him for a special ‘Leadership Reflections’ episode of my podcast and radio show “The Good Listening To: The Story Behind Your Story Show” as a LinkedIn LIVE.

He is a truly wonderful and inspirational 6’ 5 Scottish man-mountain of entrepreneurial flair & generosity and a truly 'Great Scot'! An economical yet inspirational communicator, whose every word is well worth listening to: an opportunity not to be missed! There’s GOLD in that there guest!"

Chris Grimes, Director & Broadcaster

Second Curve

"Russell is an inspirational authentic confident and knowledgeable speaker.

I was fortunate to be invited by Russell for his interview with SBN’s Ambassador for Sydney, Peter Gardiner. Russell is a master of networking, connecting people, creating opportunities and collaborations.

He has the winning formula for success; his story, his genuine offers of help/advice and enthusiasm for others to succeed."

Jock Boyle, Founder

OIS Inventions

"I was passed Russell's contact details by a trusted friend. We had reached a point in our early development where a critical decision had to be made about whether or not to pivot fully away from our original demonstration prototype and adopt a much more ambitious outlook. Russell took my call and without any hesitation provided me with the most insightful guidance on the very specific challenge we faced. His willingness to pay it forward, without any expectations, was remarkable and inspirational. There are a small number of people in this busy world who will make time for a stranger in need of advice. Those who do without hesitation we call leaders."

Phillip Bruner, Founder & CEO


"It was a privilege to have Russell Dalgleish, inspiring serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker join us at the Mayor of London’s Digital Roadshow. I have had the pleasure of working with many of the brightest minds but Russell ranks among the very best speakers I’ve ever encountered. His speeches on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship have influenced industry leaders in many parts of the world. Russell gave fundamental advice and guidance to our future digital leaders, on top of spending the whole day at our event he gave an inspiring motivational speech at the key speaker’s summit. We really enjoyed having Russell on board."

Ellen Kerr, CEO

DCB Project

"Russell brings a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience.

More importantly a willingness to share, advise and support entrepreneurs, who like himself wish to make difference.

A genuinely kind and knowledge person, with the ability to focus on what matters."

Stephen Wilson, CEO & Co-Founder


"I've had the pleasure of knowing & working on projects with Russell for many years. His knowledge, insight and understanding of business, commerce and international operations is extensive, additionally his ability to impart and share his experience is truly inspiring. I've been very fortunate in being able to utilise his knowledge and discuss scenarios that have allowed me to make balanced decisions, making major positive impacts on me personally & professionally. If you have the opportunity to see Russell at the many events where he is presenting, and/or work with him, take this with both hands! You'll be a better business person for the experience."

Andy Brodie, Head Of Resourcing

Quensh HSEQ Specialists

"Russell is a dynamic motivator. He is highly connected and is willing and eager to share his connections, networks and wisdom with others so they can reap the benefits.

Russell is motivated in his goal to boost Scottish businesses, and his full focus is in aiding collaborative mindsets globally.

His passion for business growth, and his willingness to help others in achieving their goals is truly inspirational."

Jamie McGowan, Founder

Essence of Harris

"I believe one of Russell's strongest qualities is his clarity of thought and ability to simplify a process or project as much as possible and therefore allowing everyone involved to understand their own roles and objectives.

I would not hesitate to recommend working with Russell to anyone.

I look forward to our next project soon!"

Steven Alexander, Commercial Director


"Russell is one of the most helpful people I have talked to in recent times. He is very knowledgeable and has answers to almost every question you ask. The ones he doesn't he will have an idea for a course of action to get an answer.

His depth of business experience shines through when you talk to him and there are no barriers to him divulging solutions to most potential problems you may have. I am already looking forward to our next chat. Thanks for all your help and advice Russell. Much appreciated"

Mike McGarvey, IT Director

Tartan plus Tweed Ltd

"Russell is a tireless advocate for Scottish business, with a unique combination of speaking, marketing and commercial skills.

He has a wide network and is unfailingly helpful to those seeking advice.

I've enjoyed collaborating with Russell and would be happy to recommend him."

Calum Byers, Executive Coach

People Untapped

"You are a great speaker Russell Dalgleish.

I think you may have been one of the first speakers I went to listen to when I first started my own business in 2017 - it was a an event ran by RBS for budding entrepreneurs.

If you weren't the first then you were definitely the most memorable and relatable."

Susan Mackie, Consultant & Director

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