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Iqbal Singh Bedi

“From Humble Beginnings to Telecoms Trailblazer: Iqbal Singh Bedi’s Journey”

In the world of telecoms and smart city management, one name stands out as a trailblazer and strategic advisor—Iqbal Singh Bedi.

Few people not directly involved in politics can say they have offered professional advice to the UK’s Prime Minister and Scotland’s First Minister but Iqbal Singh Bedi, founder of Intelligens Consulting, is part of that elite group. His remarkable journey from a childhood marked by financial adversity to becoming the Founder of Intelligens Consulting is a testament to unwavering determination, hard work, and the transformative power of perseverance. Iqbal puts much of this down to his Sikh heritage.

Iqbal’s story begins with humble beginnings, where his family faced financial hardships after his father lost everything in a devastating business deal. At just 11 years old, he experienced extreme poverty and homelessness – a challenge that would have broken many spirits. However, Iqbal’s innate determination and resilience shone through, serving as a beacon of hope.

Iqbal’s journey towards excellence took a significant turn when he pursued an Honours BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. This educational milestone marked the foundation of his future accomplishments, as he absorbed knowledge, skills that would later shape his career and friendships that would last.

Upon graduation, Iqbal embarked on his career as a software engineer in the telecoms industry. However, his ambition led him to explore the commercial aspects of the field. This shift in focus and dedication to learning enabled him to transition to roles where he could make a broader impact.

In February 2017, Iqbal’s entrepreneurial spirit culminated in the establishment of Intelligens Consulting. What began as a one-person lifestyle consultancy soon transformed into a thriving telecoms management consultancy firm, thanks to his exceptional client feedback. Today, Intelligens Consulting boasts a diverse team of technical, finance, and economic experts with extensive telecoms experience providing local authorities, operators, train operating companies and investors with strategic advice on creating smart connected places, driving digital transformation and strategic consulting advice.

Today, he is proud to announce that his hard work has earned Intelligens Consulting an award for a prestigious Connected Britain award. This recognition reaffirms their commitment to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the telecoms and smart city space.

Iqbal’s expertise extends far beyond the confines of his consultancy. He has been a sought-after thought leader and speaker on telecoms matters, even appearing on the BBC. His insights and contributions have left a lasting impact on global and national policies related to telecommunications, influencing the strategies of governments and organisations alike.

For Iqbal, the joy in his work lies in witnessing the transformation of cities and communities through the deployment of advanced telecom infrastructure and digital technologies. This field is at the intersection of technology, innovation, and urban development, and it offers a unique opportunity to shape the way we live, work, and connect with one another. The sense of responsibility that comes with advising governments and organisations on critical telecom matters is a source of pride. Knowing that my work influences policy decisions, infrastructure development, and connectivity solutions is both humbling and motivating according to Iqbal.

Iqbal’s typical day follows a disciplined regime that includes a coffee (or two), an early morning gym session or a brisk walk, yoga, meditation and a quick blast on my guitar. Right now, he is learning Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and that’s a bit of a challenge to say the least. He believe in his routine for a healthy mind and a healthy body which is essential for tackling the challenges of the day ahead.

Iqbal Singh Bedi’s journey from adversity to success is a source of inspiration for all. His story embodies the values of determination, hard work, and perseverance. He continues to make a lasting impact on the telecoms industry and beyond, proving that no challenge is insurmountable with the right mindset and unwavering grit.