Abdullah Hassen Verachia is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and holds qualifications from some of South Africa’s leading academic institutions.
Abdullah has served as Executive: International at Rand Merchant Bank (a division of FirstRand Bank Ltd) and also served on the management board of FirstRand India. Rand Merchant Bank has won numerous awards as a leading Emerging Markets Investment Bank and was recently recognised as the 2014 Investment Bank of the Year in Africa by The Banker – Investment Banking Awards.
Abdullah is the Chief Executive Officer of MVA Strategy Consulting t/a The Strategists – a leading strategy consulting firm. He also currently serves as the Executive Chairperson of The Collective Genius as well as a Director of Education Africa.
Abdullah 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.
Having presented in over 60 cities globally Abdullah Verachia has been recognised as a leading dealmaker, strategist and thought leader on company competitiveness, trends and strategy and on Frontier and Emerging Markets. He has presented around the world to leading listed firms, international organisations and governments including in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Accra, Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi, Frankfurt, Munich, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, London and New York. 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 Said Business School at Oxford University, the OECD in Paris and Casa Asia in Madrid amongst others.
He has provided business strategy solutions on behalf of listed and multinational clients in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Abdullah has also initiated and advised on some of the largest Asian investments into Africa.
Abdullah serves as a faculty member as well as the founding director of the FirstRand India Africa Business Network at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. The Network provides South Africa with the region’s only comprehensive base from which to educate about and promote Indian business subjects whilst raising the profile of Indian business in South Africa and the region.
Abdullah has also previously lectured at the University of Stellenbosch Business School where he was a visiting faculty member as well as the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management. In this position Abdullah designed, conceptualised and introduced South Africa’s first ever Masters (MSC) Programme in Managing in Frontier and Emerging Markets. He also serves on the Gauteng Vision 2055 task team.
Abdullah is currently co-authoring a book on the commercial corridor between South Africa and India.
ABDULLAH AS A LEADER IN SOUTH AFRICA
Abdullah has been recognised as a visionary young leader who has played an active role in South African society for a number of years. He has been selected as the Mpumalanga youth leader of the year and a finalist for the South African youth leader of the year. He was also selected to be a part of the Brightest Young Minds in South Africa as well as an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
As a young leader and a son of Africa Abdullah has a passion for developing young leaders and conceptualising and designing numerous initiatives to provide vehicles for young people to participate in. He works with leading corporates and government departments in advising them on their youth strategies and in designing interesting, unique and cutting edge vehicles to reach out to young people. Abdullah plays an active role in corporate social investment and has headed up flagship CSI programmes for over 12 listed South African and global multinationals.
Abdullah also serves on a few boards including The Collective Genius, Edutrust, the Model United Nations of South Africa and Education Africa. 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.