"Leveraging my academic, consulting and industry
experience and networks to help organizations identify,
plan and deliver meaningful and collective impact
in a responsible way."
Zaheera Soomar runs an independent management consulting practice. She has 17+ years of experience leading on business strategy, organizational change, responsible business practice and innovation, and large-scale transformation across multiple industries.
Zaheera started out in the Oil & Gas and Mining sector where she spent over 8 years managing investments, divestment, operations and business improvement in both upstream and downstream operations across Africa, Europe, Middle East and North America.
My passion and tenacity for doing things right and doing it well. I don’t compromise on quality or integrity and ensure that I always deliver meaningful results in a responsible way. This means always being willing to have the honest and hard conversations, even if uncomfortable.
My ability to build relationships and communicate well with various stakeholders. I have a love for working with people, ensuring respect is maintained, and making it effective – both in person and virtually. I strive to be an empathic, compassionate and authentic leader always.
My desire for making an impact where it matters. I choose to work in areas that drive sustainable change, create equal participation and solutions, encourage diversity and equality and reduce poverty. I want my time and effort to matter.
WHAT MY ENGAGEMENT PARTNERS HAD TO SAY ABOUT ME
Zaheera joined us as a guest panelist during the Business Fights Poverty virtual summit, during UNGA 2020. She is an impressive speaker. With deep wisdom, expert knowledge and a wonderful way for bringing together difficult points of view.
Director – Thought Leadership at Business Fights Poverty
Leadership comes naturally to Zaheera. She has a way with people that is just exceptional. She is super organized and readily shares information with others. She is approachable and always available to help solve issues. She takes her responsibilities very seriously and is always focused on achieving her goals. Zaheera is someone any organization can count on to deliver at the highest level consistently. I have high regard for her personally and respect her professional work ethic.
Executive, Huawei Technologies
Zaheera is an exceptional person to work with. She is dedicated and passionate about her work and takes pride in every detail. Zaheera is an asset to work with and look forward to working with her in future again.
Managing Director, Homecoming Revolution - Former Bain and Company
Zaheera is extremely professional and always willing to help with urgent requests. I found dealing with Zaheera a pleasure and would welcome the opportunity to work with her again.
During my time working with Zaheera, I found her approach to be collaborative, innovative, and thorough; her ability to lead and manage a team with efficiency enabled the overall success of our project. Zaheera has a wealth of knowledge in project management and knows how to apply that knowledge in a practical and results-oriented way
Founder & COO, Ethical Compass Consulting
Zaheera is a strategic thinker who focuses on outcomes and gets things done. She is a pleasure to work with and can help any organization stay focused on what they are trying to achieve.
Director, Region of Peel
Zaheera is an extremely accomplished financial and leadership professional who has shown a broad array of skills. Zaheera has excelled, due to her superior financial and accounting knowledge, in very disparate jobs requiring very strong analytical skills. Zaheera, owing to her proficiency in communication and leadership skills was able to assume leadership roles far above what was normal responsibility for her age. She was able to communicate clearly yet concisely with senior management, providing a solid logical base for her recommendations, even when those recommendations were different from conventional wisdom. She was practically always correct in her novel recommendations, primarily due to her very objective critical thinking skills. Zaheera was timely and solutions oriented and a team player in her work.
Managing Director, Dallas Trading - Former GM, Chevron
Zaheera did an excellent job in putting together the first ever Consulting Conference in Africa. The conference was well attended and had high calibre speakers from across the country. I got great value out of it. Zaheera’s organisation ability and efficiency is amazing. Highly recommended.
CEO, Start Up Circles - Former CEO, Start Up Grind SA
Zaheera is one of the most competent and highly organized professionals that I have had the privilege to work with. She gives150%.
Client Focused on Circular Economy
Zaheera advised in the set-up of the Delivery Support Unit (DSU) in the Western Cape Government in 2015, and we have maintained a knowledge exchange ever since. She brings insightfulness and clarity to the complex challenges of improving delivery within the public sector. She is always frank about the problems and supportive in crafting solutions. As the head of the DSU, I found her advice and support invaluable, as she provided international expertise and local knowledge of the complexities of current day South Africa. She has a high level of commitment to improving the lives of people through her expertise in public sector delivery.
CEO, Strategy Execution Advisors - Former Head of Delivery Unit, WCG
Zaheera is a fantastic colleague. Bags of energy, straight-talking and highly-supportive. Her experience across a number of industries and sectors brought a different perspective to our organisation and we are much stronger for it. Zaheera is able to get things done while supporting the development of others around her – admirable qualities that I aspire to.