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Abdullah Verachia

Having presented and consulted in over 60 cities globally, 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, 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. Abdullah also serves as faculty at GIBS and programme director for the Harvard Senior Executive Programme for Africa. He 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. He is also the co-founder of a leading motor industry disruptor. 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.

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.

Media Commentator

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

  • Awarded fifteen year excellence award for the contribution and development of the Model United Nations
  • Awarded honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Wits Business School Deans list of merit
  • Appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry as a judge for the South African Premier Business Awards


Abdullah is highly regarded for having facilitated strategy sessions for leading multinational companies, leading international executive programmes, as well as presenting on a range of topics globally.

Speaking and presenting

Speaking and presenting to companies and organisations, conferences, staff and client events etc.

Strategy session design and facilitation

Facilitation and design of bespoke strategy sessions on behalf of boards and senior executive teams, departmental units and government departments.

Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations with boards, senior executive teams in the private sector and senior managers in the public service.

Bespoke Local and International Immersions

Experience in designing and leading over 45 programmes in 21 countries, with strong networks in leading markets globally.


Having presented extensively both locally and internationally, Abdullah’s speaking topics include:


Abdullah has experience in an array of sectors including banking, mining, finance, asset management, construction, insurance, legal, audit, FMCG, retail and automotive. Some of the clients Abdullah has spoken to include:

  • Detailed and up to date knowledge

    Abdullah has very detailed and up to date knowledge of the business environment, I could not help thinking that we could have learned and discussed more given a lot more time.

    African Alliance

  • Masterful delivery

    Masterful delivery. Questioned traditional thinking. Words spoken 10 years. Very refreshing.


  • Exceptional passion

    Unbelievable. Exceptional passion and knowledge of his topic. Very engaging.


  • A wealth of knowledge

    Abdullah has a wealth of knowledge which he is able to impart with ease. He successfully managed to give us a global perspective which served as a great context for the rest of the course.


  • Very informative

    His views are an experience you want to have. Very informative. Would like to dialogue more with him.


  • Excellent speaker

    Excellent speaker, good knowledge of the subject matter and allowed the participants to get involved. Kept people interested all the time.


  • Great, great, great

    Great, great, great - the phrase that says their work will see them through fits well with him. He really earned my respect.


  • Inspiring

    Excellent, energetic, brilliant and inspiring – I think he is amazing.


  • An eloquent speaker

    Has massive general information and in-depth subject matter content and had come prepared to impart it unreservedly. An internationalist, eloquent speaker, a teacher and an integrator par excellence.

    Royal Bafokeng Platinum

  • Captivating and engaging

    He was absolutely captivating and had us engaged from start to finish - this is almost impossible! Thank you!


  • Deep insight

    Deep insight. Great networks. Challenging opinions. Robust Debates. Intriguing storyteller.


  • Best of the best

    Abdullah is the best of the best.

    Anglo American

  • Extensive knowledge

    Very insightful and interesting presenter had extensive knowledge base about subject matter. Can rely on work experience to provide examples and bring it back home. Well presented.


  • Best presentation

    This was the best presentation among all during the two days. I would really like to hear more or see Abdullah present again. Very informative and interesting. Thanks.

    Murray & Roberts

  • Significant insight

    His cultural insight into India and the business dynamic was well presented and has given the group significant insight for our overseas trip.


  • Exceptionally knowledgeable

    Exceptionally knowledgeable. Communicates very well. Passionate about his areas of expertise (which is vast).


  • Informative lecture

    An excellent informative lecture that placed current economic events into perspective.


  • Very good knowledge of macro-economic issues

    With very good knowledge of macro-economic issues, he provided good insight on current economic environment.


  • In-depth knowledge of emerging markets

    Refreshing and very in-depth knowledge of emerging markets. Informative marketing and strategic positioning insights.


  • Very detailed and up to date knowledge

    Abdullah has very detailed and up to date knowledge of the business environment, I could not help thinking that we could have learned and discussed more given a lot more time.

    African Alliance LDP

  • Extensive knowledge

    The lecturer has extensive knowledge of the subject matter, he provided very relevant examples / up to date information. His presentation style is excellent.


  • Inspirational

    Abdullah's lecture was inspirational. It was amazing to see somebody so young with such vast experience, having such pride about his country. We need more role models like him in our country. I think his ability to lecture will improve over time including his ability to draw from each candidate.


  • Excellent integrator and facilitator

    Abdullah is an excellent integrator and facilitator. His ability to integrate added a lot of value and a lot of learning took place through his practical approach.


  • Knowledgeable and practical

    Just amazing about how knowledgeable he is and the practical application.


  • Captivating presentation

    Captivating presentation. Practical information on what’s happening, able to give relevant case studies.


  • My favourite lecturer

    Abdullah is brilliant. Definitely my favourite lecturer. He was also cognizant of the audience attention span and took body breaks to keep attention. His content was also personal and interesting.


  • Insights and food for thought

    Abdullah’s presentation was really great. Gave me some insights and food for thought with regards to the existence and role of Nokia in SA. He really helped me see that the brand/company does not exist in a vacuum - it is surrounded by socio-political factors that will undoubtedly impact its success.


  • One of the leading experts on India

    Abdullah is, without a doubt, one of the leading experts on India. His role was felt from the first day and the respect that the speakers gave to him was amazing. The man has knowledge from the socio-political landscape of the country, to the mainstream economy, to the buzzing and at times invisible informal sector.

    GIBS MBA Immersion

  • Fantastic presentation and stimulating content

    Fantastic presentation and stimulating content. He should have a bigger slot to do justice to a very relevant topic. More engagement with T-Systems and government.


  • Insight was exceptional

    This was absolutely amazing: Insight was exceptional – should give more time to this subject.



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