Global strategist, speaker and facilitator
Having presented in over 60 cities globally, to 100’s of companies and organisations, Abdullah has been recognised as a leading dealmaker, strategist and thought leader on global trends, company competitiveness, strategy and on Frontier and Emerging Markets
Abdullah is globally recognised for his talks on strategy, competitiveness, change and global trends and for his ability to design and facilitate strategy discussion amongst teams, executives and boards
He has provided business strategy solutions on behalf of listed and multinational clients in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.
Business and Executive Experience
Served as Executive: International at Rand Merchant Bank and also served on the FirstRand India Management Board
Also previously served as a co-founder and partner at Frontier Advisory - a leading capital advisory, strategy and research firm, which was ranked as the no 1 analyst firm for Africa and other emerging market research by the Financial Mail. ‘ Abdullah is an active player in the South African corporate sector
Currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Strategists and also a faculty member and head of the India Africa Business Network at the Gordon Institute of Business Science
Abdullah also serves on a few boards including The Collective Genius, Edutrust, the Model United Nations of South Africa and Education Africa. He also serves on the Gauteng Vision 2055 task team. 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.
Media analyst and thought leader
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.
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