Zahra Nensi is the Associate Director for Strategy & Innovation at Deloitte Consulting Limited, and was recently awarded the Business Woman of the Year – Strategy and Operations award. We invited her to tell us more about the professional services firm she works for and her own fascinating role as a part of that.
Deloitte is a professional services firm whose sole purpose is to make an impact that matters. This purpose is enduring, it informs all of their business decisions, guides their operational strategies and steers their activities as corporate citizens. With a defined purpose to lead, Deloitte acts with courage and conviction to make an impact that matters every day, across their businesses and around the world. They do this by serving the most sophisticated clients, tackling the world’s most complex problems and promoting integrity and trust in the marketplace.
Following this optimistic introduction, Zahra Nensi tell us in her own words what this award means for her, before detailing Deloitte’s significant achievements over the last 12 months and how they are impacting the world.
“At Deloitte, we strive to create value for our clients, develop our people and give back to the community. All of the awards and recognition we receive are a testament to these commitments.
“Over the last year, despite the global economic and geopolitical challenges, Deloitte achieved aggregate global revenues of $35.2 billion, representing growth of 7.6%. Deloitte hired approximately 62,000 new professionals last year and invested more than $200 million in community and societal impact initiatives around the world. Deloitte is also an innovator that is expanding its capabilities in areas such as cognitive technologies, cloud computing, digital applications, cyber, risk and crisis services.
“Solving complex problems is Deloitte’s passion. We’ve built our world-class business to effect change that matters, to deliver transformational impact for clients and the communities in which we work. Deloitte’s operating model allows us to work better together and enable sustained enhancement and innovations to service capability and cross-border delivery and talent development and deployment. Our multidisciplinary portfolio empowers Deloitte professionals to deliver deep business capability and industry insights across a broad spectrum of services including consulting, audit, tax and legal, risk advisory and financial advisory services.
Zahra then provides a compelling insight into her own work in the firm and the aspect of her current role that she enjoys the most in her own words.
“I have been working with Deloitte Tanzania over the last four years through our Deloitte Global Mobility programme. This experience has certainly provided me with an international perspective and exposure to diverse thinking from our Deloitte practitioners and clients in East Africa. My work in Tanzania has largely been focused on improving the quality of life for all Tanzanians through inclusive growth across all sectors – with a focus on health (particularly HIV/ AIDS), financial inclusion, social innovation, analytics, economic growth and youth employability.
“For me, I personally enjoy working with people that share that same passion for striving for excellence, managing to results and genuinely making a sustainable impact on the lives of Tanzanians. The energy is contagious when you’re working with people that are emotionally engaged and working together towards one purpose. I’ve been with Deloitte for over 10 years and look forward to continuing to play a leadership role in the firm, shaping our strategy, nurturing the next generation of leaders and leaving behind a legacy on the firm, people and communities around us.”
There is no doubt that Deloitte has an established and respected presence all around the world. Indeed, Zahra tells us that Deloitte has a far-reaching network and multidisciplinary model, with deep institutional knowledge that allows member firm professionals to deliver exceptional services across a range of industry sectors.
“Deloitte’s aspiration is to be the undisputed global leader in professional services. This means the first choice for clients; being the premier career destination for top talent; being a role model of quality, integrity and positive change; and helping solve the toughest global challenges. Globally, Deloitte has a presence in more than 150 countries and employs 225,400 people around the world” Zahra concludes.