Gerard is the founder of the international business network "IMPACT GUIDANCE" specializing in trade and commercial activities, in particular on the search for new innovative technologies, seeking to enter the international market. 

Notable results of his activities in the CIS include the acquisition, restructuring and sale of a former state owned science research Institute while maintaining its core business. 

Gerard was the head of the Irish state Agency for innovation, export and entrepreneurship "Enterprise Ireland" in CIS and the commercial Department of the Embassy of Ireland in Russia for eight years (2011-2019). He was the Irish trade representative on the Russian-Irish intergovernmental committee for economic cooperation (JEC).