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Guestspeaker- Abdullah Verachia
Abdullah Verachia
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Category:
Speaker
Location:
Johannesburg South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Author,Businessman,Consultant,Futurist,Inspiration,Leadership,Professional Speaker,Scenario Strategist,South Africa
Profile:
Abdullah serves as the CEO of The Strategists where he plays an active role in assisting companies and organisations craft competitive future strategies. He has significant expertise in strategy, competitiveness and sector trends and facilitates a number of high level strategy sessions and breakaways for companies and governments and also speaks globally in this area. He 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, He also plays a lead role on the Oxford University and Gates Foundation programme on South Africa in a Digital Age.
 
Having presented and consulted in over 60 cities globally Abdullah has been recognised as a leading speaker, disruptor, strategist and thought leader on competitiveness and the interplay between strategy and disruptive innovation. His experience make him a sought after global speaker in these areas. In December 2017
Abdullah received a standing ovation at the acclaimed TEDx Euston in London. Abdullah was also asked to be the keynote speaker at the 2018 World Speech Day.
Abdullah has built a number of disruptive and truly innovative companies. He is thus able to fuse experience, insight, strategy and expertise into a beautiful tapestry that has relevance and application to companies and organisations around the world.
 
He holds a Bachelors in Law and a Masters in Management (cum laude). He has also completed executive programmes on strategy and shared value and also on
Competitiveness, with Professor Michael Porter's Institute of Strategy and Compettiveness, at Harvard Business School. He also completed an executive programme at University of Oxford's Said Business School as well as an executive programme on broadcast technology at Columbia Business School.
 
He has presented around the world to leading listed firms, international organisations and governments including in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Accra, Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi, Frankfurt, Munich, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris.London and New York. 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, Tedx Euston, the OECD in Paris and Casa Asia in Madrid amongst others.

He has led research, strategy and consulting assignments in an array of sectors including banking, mining, finance, asset management, construction, insurance, legal, audit, FMCG, telecoms, retail and automotive. He has also headed up consulting assignments on behalf of a number of South African Industrial Development Zones and Investment Promotion Agencies.
 
He has also done work on behalf of leading donor organisations and specifically on the intra-emerging market flows between Asia and Africa. He has also advised and engaged with a number of Indian companies entering Africa. He has participated in numerous high profile Asia-Africa initiatives, private meetings, conferences and delegations and served on a number of initiatives. Abdullah is also a regular media commentator for a number of publications including CNBC Africa, BBC, CCTV, CNN,
SABC, Moneyweb, Business Day, SAFM, 702, Al Jazeera, New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters and the Sunday Times.
 
Abdullah has written the book Reset, Rewire, Remagine everything - managing and leading in disruption. Abdullah has also co-authored a book on the commercial corridor between Africa and India as well as "The Book every business owner must read." 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.
 
Abdullah has been recognised as a visionary young leader who has played an active role in South African society for a number of years. He has been selected as the Mpumalanga youth leader of the year and a finalist for the South African youth leader of the year. He was also selected to be a part of the Brightest Young Minds in South Africa as well as an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Abdullah also received an honorary award for 15 years of excellence toward Youth Development and the Model United Nations in South Africa.

CURRENT POSITIONS
CEO of The Strategists
Senior Faculty at GIBS
GIBS Programme Director: Harvard Senior Executive Programme for Africa
Co-Founder of Digicars - a disruptor in the motor industry
 
BOARD & ADVISORY POSITIONS
General Electric Southern Africa {Board and Leadership Council)
University of Pretoria Think Tank on the Future of Work
Gauteng Vision 2055 task team
Gauteng Innovation Advisory Board
Youth Employment Service Brains Trust
Education Africa (Chairperson of the Board)
Penryn College Council
Appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry as a judge for the South African Premier Business Awards
General Electric Supplier Development Trust {Trustee)
South African Model United Nations {Chairperson)
FirstRand India Management Board {resigned in July 2014)
Advisor to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development's {OECD's) Development Centre on the 2011 edition of the
African Economic Outlook, focusing on Africa and its Emerging Partners.

PREVIOUS POSITIONS
Executive: International at Rand Merchant Bank
Member of the management board of FirstRand India
Co-founder and Partner at Frontier Advisory {acquired by Deloitte in 2015)

AWARDS
Selected for the Brightest Young Minds in South Africa
Presented with the 15-year excellence award for his contribution towards and development of the Model United Nations
Awarded honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society
Abdullah serves as the CEO of The Strategists where he plays an active role in assisting companies and organisations craft competitive future strategies. He has significant expertise in strategy, competitiveness and sector trends and facilitates a number of high level strategy sessions and breakaways for companies and governments and also speaks globally in this area. He led the team that crafted the 2017 - 2030 Gauteng Economic Development Strategy with the Premier and Executiv
Synopsis:
PRESENTATIONS by Abdullah Verachia

DISRUPTION AMPLIFIED - RESET, REWIRE, REIMAGINE EVERYTHING


 
The Macro shifts: The future of globalization, our social context and digital
Healthcare: The rise of wellness
Work Rewired
The Big Property Glut
Retail: A hands on hands off approach
The travel apocalypse
The new big 5 in supply chain
Business and professional services: The rise of the new
Financial services: Bespoke and different
Education intensified
The cognitive rewiring of human behavior and the impact on consumer markets
The Millennial triple wham
Building adaptive strategy and leading in this new context
Navigating and leading the now and the next

What does the rest of 2020 have in store? What mega shifts can we expect in the future? How will the next 10 years be impacted by the events of today?
 
How will your organisation be affected by political, economic, social, societal, technological and other changes?
 
A granular view on the future of sectors, industries and business models. Insights from this talk are based on Abdullah’s upcoming book.
 
How can companies reposition their strategy now, with an eye on the next decade? What will the future of work look like? What does agility and adaptability look like in a post COVID world?
 
How can individuals and leaders ensure they have the right tools to adapt and thrive in this new context?
PRESENTATIONS by Abdullah Verachia

DISRUPTION AMPLIFIED - RESET, REWIRE, REIMAGINE EVERYTHING
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