The Strategists

Innovative

Corporate Advisory

Executed.

We are a strategy and innovation focused advisory firm specialising in the development and facilitation of strategies (design and implementation), building innovation functions and guiding companies to manage and thrive in a disruptive world. Our international experience provides us with advisory expertise, catering to executive strategy for the now and the next.

ESTABLISHED

1995
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Consulting Projects

Our Service Offering

Includes the following

Strategy Design

Developing and designing corporate strategy that not only caters to the ever-changing market, but is also personalised to your company.

Strategy Execution

Clear and concise leveraging of resources, information and vision to consistently adapt to markets and maintain a blueprint for current and future strategy.

Innovation

Staying ahead of the competition with unique concepts and ideas to build an offering for your developing customer base.

Immersive Learning

Bringing new meaning to corporate learning. We provide a unique, international learning experience for key decision-makers and role players in your firm.

Keynote Speaking

Access to a range of industry professionals, all with their own expertise and knowledge in various markets and scopes of business.

Coaching

Personalised leadership coaching with a team of industry experts driving the development of your business and personal, leadership capacities.

Resilience and personal development

Building an effective approach to change management while developing management skills to become a proficient leader.

Executive Advisory

A unique, advisory partnership with executive decision-makers and one of our advisory members, generating a mentorship relationship in the EXCO capacity.

Thought Leadership

Globally recognised, industry though leaders accessible at any time. Providing industry insight, expertise and guidance.

The Disruptor Series

Clear and concise leveraging of resources, information and vision to consistently adapt to markets and maintain a blueprint for current and future strategy.

Our people

Get to know The Strategists. The team that brings innovation, expertise and counsel to your organisation.

About Us

HOW WE STARTED

The Strategists is a strategy and advisory firm, birthed through the expertise and experiences of a dynamic and well-crafted team of corporate thought-leaders.

Founded by Abdullah Verachia, The Strategists conceptualises and applies areas of strategy, innovation, advisory and research. We have worked with numerous global multinationals, listed firms, small, medium and large companies and governments around the world.

Our firm aims to bridge the gap between strategy creation and the execution thereof, all while creating bespoke offerings and insights to executive decision-makers for the benefit of the organisation.

We constantly faced concerns around our future relevance and impact. The Strategists designed a structured and very well thought through.

A LEADING GLOBAL BANK

Feedback from the group head of strategy

About us

HOW WE STARTED

The Strategists was founded as a means of providing relevant, insightful, and bespoke strategy, consulting and innovation solutions to clients. Our view was, and remains, that the world of strategy must translate into real value to organisations and their leaders. In addition it must be implementable.

In the eight years we have grown into a leading strategy and advisory firm, with the expertise and experiences of a dynamic and well-crafted team of corporate thought-leaders. Our commitment is to walk the journey with each client, to understand their pain points and to provide cutting edge customised solutions in enhancing their work.

We constantly faced concerns around our future relevance and impact. The Strategists designed a structured and very well thought through strategy formulation process.

A LEADING GLOBAL BANK

Feedback from the Group Head of Strategy

The Disruption Series

• Personal journeys and insights from South African disruptors.
• Anchored by global strategist, Abdullah Verachia.
• A curated book on the experience of the series available at all major book sellers.
• A 60-minute highlight video with key points from the event itself.
• Media releases and thought insights from every session.

OUR TEAM

Abdullah serves as CEO of The Strategists, where he plays an active role in assisting companies and organisations to craft competitive future strategies and build innovation functions. 

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With a master’s degree in Marketing and Business Management and extensive experience working in a variety of industries and across geographies, Nazrana is skilled in crafting and implementing creative, competitive strategies for high-level organisations.

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 Maryke has been in the Executive Assistant and Events Management space for close to two decades.  She has had widespread involvement in the Financial, Investment, and Fintech industries having worked with many large corporations.

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Mahfooza Hussain provides an excellent testament on the power of utilising an existing career path and applying the skills and lessons learned into a separate industry.

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Client Case Studies

Each one of our projects is bespoke and customized based on the needs of the client. These case studies are a reflection of some of the projects we have worked on.

BANKING FOR THE FUTURE

A leading global bank approached The Strategists to design and facilitate a strategy session for their board and exco. The bank has a favourable competitive position, but was facing headwinds from new competitors, and rapid changes in the banking industry.

INNOVATION FUNCTION FOR LEADING FMCG COMPANY

The Strategists were approached by a leading FMCG company to build an innovation function for the organisation. Our team co-crafted a bespoke innovation journey that created a culture and context where innovation became an everyday function in the organisation. We assisted the organisation with a full suit of initiatives to achieve this.

BANKING FOR THE FUTURE

INNOVATION FUNCTION FOR LEADING FMCG COMPANY

A leading global bank approached The Strategists to design and facilitate a strategy session for their board and exco. The bank has a favourable competitive position, but was facing headwinds from new competitors, and rapid changes in the banking industry.

The Strategists were approached by a leading FMCG company to build an innovation function for the organisation. Our team co-crafted a bespoke innovation journey that created a culture and context where innovation became an everyday function in the organisation. We assisted the organisation with a full suit of initiatives to achieve this.

Scaling to new heights: Airport authority

“Thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to assist us in de-cluttering strategy. You have this innate ability to cut through the clutter and provide much needed focus and clarity. But you do this through skilful facilitation and not presentation. You certainly allowed us to drive the conversation around KPI alignment against a backdrop of our leading, top priorities. Thank you for the inspiration and the meticulous guidance through this journey. The role you continue to play with the team and I is highly appreciated. Thank you for stretching our thinking, our ability to think outside of the box and to reduce this to critical, and yet sometimes small innovations to get us the desired impact and result.”

This can't be retail

Having done extensive work globally on the future of retail, we were approached with helping a company to proactively adapt to the changing context of the retail sector.

Using a process of strategic disruption, we shared our insights on the future of retail and customer engagement. This was followed by a session mapping out the companies competitive positioning, market segmentation as well as its potential for differentiation. We co-created an innovative strategy that has allowed the company to reposition itself in the market

Scaling to new heights: Airport authority

This can't be retail

“Thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to assist us in de-cluttering strategy. You have this innate ability to cut through the clutter and provide much needed focus and clarity. But you do this through skilful facilitation and not presentation. You certainly allowed us to drive the conversation around KPI alignment against a backdrop of our leading, top priorities. Thank you for the inspiration and the meticulous guidance through this journey. The role you continue to play with the team and I is highly appreciated. Thank you for stretching our thinking, our ability to think outside of the box and to reduce this to critical, and yet sometimes small innovations to get us the desired impact and result.”

Having done extensive work globally on the future of retail, we were approached with helping a company to proactively adapt to the changing context of the retail sector.

Using a process of strategic disruption, we shared our insights on the future of retail and customer engagement. This was followed by a session mapping out the companies competitive positioning, market segmentation as well as its potential for differentiation. We co-created an innovative strategy that has allowed the company to reposition itself in the market

Testimonials

What our clients say

Feedback from clients we’ve worked with

We constantly faced concerns around our future relevance and impact. The Strategists designed a structured and very well thought through strategy formulation process. With deep industry insights, impactful facilitation and the ability to navigate organisational complexity, The Strategists allowed us to walk out with a clear and well-defined strategy. The team has a clear sense of the immediate battle plan as well as the longer terms strategic priorities

A LEADING GLOBAL BANK

Feedback from the Group Head of Strategy

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LOCATIONS

Dubai, India, London, Mauritius, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, USA

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