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Shehzad H Abbasi

Born in South Yorkshire to Pakistani parents who were civil servants, Shehzad went to Liverpool for his undergraduate degree, and followed a Maîtrise (Masters) Management course at IPAG, in Nice, France. 

He recently returned to England after almost fourteen years in Dubai, UAE, where he was the COO of a multi-billion dollar family office (Galadari) active in venture capital, real estate and investments and subsequently an external management consultant and non-executive director, helping businesses grow. 

With almost 20 years of international business experience at a senior level and a fluent speaker of three languages, he has helped steer and shape business growth strategies internationally for FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies.

Having done this for clients across verticals such as Financial Services, Real Estate and Technology, Shehzad is always delighted to sit with business leaders and senior managers to help review their strategic growth or career plans. He can bring lessons learned across various disciplines to life through experience gained during a career spanning three countries and two continents. Shehzad works for St. James’s Place Wealth Management.

‘I am thrilled to become an ambassador and relishing the challenge of helping promote D&I across the piste. I am very thankful for the opportunities which have come my way, and for the life that working in financial services has given me. Very keen to help shape and promote more opportunities for inclusion so that we can all celebrate a sector more reflective of the wider society we live in’.

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