Abdullah Verachia has been recognised as a leading speaker, disruptor, strategist and thought leader on competitiveness and the interplay between strategy and disruptive innovation.
Having served in senior executive and board roles, crafted competitive strategies for leading companies and governments, also lectured at some of the top ranked business schools and built and run successful companies Abdullah fuses practice, insight and experience into a beautiful tapestry.
Global Thought Leader and Strategist
He holds a Masters in Management (Cum Laude) and has also completed executive programmes on strategy and shared value and also on Competitiveness, with Professor Michael Porter’s Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, at Harvard Business School as well as on broadcast technology at Columbia Business School.
Business Leader – Senior Executive Experience
Abdullah is the Chief Executive Officer of The Strategists – a leading strategy consulting firm that helps governments and corporates to craft competitive future strategies.
He serves as faculty at GIBS and programme director for the Harvard Senior Executive Programme for Africa. Is on the boards of General Electric in South Africa, Education Africa and The Collective Genius.
Abdullah previously served as Executive: International at Rand Merchant Bank as well as partner and co-founder at Frontier Advisory.
The co-founder of a leading motor industry disruptor. Led the team that crafted the 2017 – 2030 Gauteng Economic Development Strategy with the Premier and Executive Council.
He also led the 2017 Mauritius Competitiveness foresight strategy.
Globally Sought After Speaker
Abdullah has presented to over 250 global companies and institutions and has been recognised for his incredibly powerful addresses on disruption and disintermediation.
He has been asked to present at some of the world’s leading institutions including the School of Public and International Affairs at Colombia University in New York, the OECD in Paris and Casa Asia in Madrid amongst others.
In December 2017 Abdullah received a standing ovation at the widely acclaimed TedxEuston in London.
Abdullah is also a regular media commentator and is currently co-authoring a book on Leading in a changing world – the future of disruption.
Abdullah also serves on a few boards. Companies and organisations have found Abdullah’s unique blend of legal, business, emerging market, academic and youth experience to add incredible value to their strategies.
He has received numerous leadership awards including being selected for the Brightest Young Minds in South Africa
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Complexity and Competitiveness
Disruption, disintermediation and digital
Your company in 2020
Abdullah has experience in an array of sectors including banking, mining, finance, asset management, construction, insurance, legal, audit, FMCG, retail and automotive.
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