Abbas is an experienced C-level dynamic leader, visionary strategist, and tactician with a successful history of delivering unprecedented growth approaching 30 years.
He is the Founder and lead instructor of Merit.
He is recognized as a thought leader, innovator, and expert in defining, evolving and executing business strategies. As a highly experienced consultant and global top-tier adviser he aided governments, public and private companies to realize their economic goals across a broad range of industries.
He successfully led two total comprehensive change assignments of two large governmental groups with total assets of billions of US dollars and successfully developed four startups.
Abbas was one of the first Gulf States national and one of just a few thousand management consultants globally authorized by the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (a UN-sanctioned nongovernment organization) to practice as a management consultant.
He was bestowed with the title “Fellow” in management consultancy, the highest level of professional membership.
Abbas was one of the only two consultants outside of the UK who has been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI, UK), in Sep 2010, to assess candidates for the prestigious accreditation: Chartered Manager (CMgr)—the ultimate accolade for any practicing professional manager.
He has led a number of major programs of developing the strategic and leadership skills of hundreds of managers and CEOs over several years based on the strategic management and leadership programs of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI, UK), and assessed tens of them for the Chartered Manager (CMgr) accreditation.
He has supported and guided hundreds of individuals in developing and implementing their career planning and authored the How to Plan Your Career book, which was recognized and recommended by the Charted Management Institute in the UK in 2009.
Abbas obtained a range of fellowships, academic and world professional qualifications such as “Certified Public Accountant” (CPA) from the USA, “Certified Management Consultant” (CMC) from the UK, “Chartered Manager” (CMgr) from the UK and “Certified Fraud Examiner” (CFE) from the USA. Abbas holds two B.A. degrees, one in accounting and the other in economy, in addition to a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from the Heriot-Watt University in the UK.