…leading speaker, disruptor, strategist and thought leader on competitiveness and the interplay between strategy and disruptive innovation.
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.
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.
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
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.
Having presented extensively both locally and internationally, Abdullah’s speaking topics include:
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