Zaheera Soomar runs an independent management consulting practice. She has more than 20 years of experience leading on business strategy, organizational change, responsible business practice, sustainability and social Impact, 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.
After completing her MBA in 2012 at UCT GSB (South Africa) and ISB (India), she moved into the consulting space, initially with Bain and Company, where for the past 12 years, has worked with various C-Suite and Government Leaders across multiple regions and sectors on their toughest problems.
Her main expertise lies in the Oil and Gas, Mining, NGO, Public/Government, Humanitarian and Education sectors. During this time, Zaheera has also been partnering with start-up/early stage firms to help them navigate through their initial phases and plan for growth and expansion. She specialises in overseeing multi-disciplinary and related areas such as People, Operations, Risk, Strategy, Business Development and Finance.
In addition to this, Zaheera holds external board, advocacy and advisory roles focused on Poverty reduction, Homelessness, Human Rights, DEI and Women Empowerment. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada with her husband and three kids. Zaheera is currently pursuing her Doctorate through Haskayne Business School, expected 2024, focused on Responsible Business Practice and Organizational Change.