Aboodi Shabi Executive Coach

Aboodi Shabi

Executive Coach


Aboodi has been working in the world of professional and personal development almost all his working life, beginning his career in the voluntary sector in the 1980s.

In the late 1990s, he started a coaching and training business, working with executives and teams all over the world.

For several years, he was also a senior trainer of Newfield Network’s ontological coaching programme, leading executive coaching and leadership programmes in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Coaching Style

Aboodi’s coaching style is profoundly influenced by his personal history and by his educational background in philosophy.

Born in London of Iraqi Jewish and Lebanese Christian parents, and with a degree in philosophy and politics, he has a sensitive antenna for different perspectives and cultures, and a deep curiosity and understanding about people and what makes them tick.

Aboodi continues to bring this “outsider’s” view-point to his work today, challenging the status quo to bring new perspectives and transformational thinking to his clients.

His clients value his honesty and his warm yet challenging style, and his capacity to get to the heart of the matter quickly and sensitively, helping individuals and teams to achieve profound and sustainable change.

Special Interests

  • “Inner” leadership – developing and enhancing executive presence and personal impact
  • Developing effective communication styles and enhancing inter-personal skills
  • Working with teams to enhance collaboration and alignment

Training & Qualifications

  • Certified Ontological Coach – Newfield Network
  • Integral Coaching – New Ventures West/Third Space Coaching
  • Embodied Leadership – Strozzi Institute
  • Professional Certified Coach – International Coach Federation


Aboodi works with executives and teams from in a variety of sectors including financial services, NGOs, property services and public bodies. Current and previous clients include BP, CBRE, Comcast, Lloyds, ICRC, Deloitte, the BBC, NedBank, Massmart and Standard Chartered.


“Aboodi is very organized and methodic in his coaching work and has helped me to deal with the most challenging issues I was facing at that point in time. While we have been doing most of our work over Skype, I obtained even more through our coaching walks around London, where I could appreciate all his listening skills and compassion. Thank you very much Aboodi for all your support.”

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“Aboodi is an exceptional listener. Throughout our work together he was really good at picking out what was significant from I was saying – and sometimes not saying. Our work together was incredibly useful to helping me successfully transition into a new role (and city) with my organization.”

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“I can highly recommend Aboodi’s expertise in the coaching and training fields. I have worked with him in a course for future leaders. He tailored the course to our needs very easily and the result was exactly what was expected. His multicultural approach was as well an asset. The course was given in a very friendly atmosphere and each participant could take what he/she needed to develop his/her skills.”

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