Chengadu Advisory is committed to the new and next normal.
Our deep commitment to business, government and society, belief in conviction leadership, growth mindset, agility and use of behavioural design principles makes us relevant for the fast and evolving world in which we live and work.  At Chengadu Advisory, we challenge ourselves often to embrace disruptive technologies and innovations to advance our creative problem-solving approaches. Our inward and outward, macro, meso and micro perspectives allow us to be responsive to the evolving needs of our clients, both individuals and institutions.
Our combined expertise, effort, and energy coupled with our strong value system and professionalism enables us to attract clients who are like-minded, collaborative, co-creative and committed to doing the right things.



Shireen is a leading author and strategic thinker in leadership with specific but not exclusive focus on Gender Studies and Women in Leadership. She is passionate about and skilled in building inclusive work cultures and management and leadership (shifts) and building capabilities for complex and uncertain times.

Since 2016, through Chengadu Advisory (Pty) Ltd , she has designed and delivered customised face to face, online and hybrid short and longitudinal learning interventions and offered consulting and advisory services to multiple corporates and educational institutions in and out of South Africa to enable them achieve their diversity and inclusion agendas, enhance their transformation leadership pipelines and achieve their business goals.

From 2002 she served in various executive and faculty roles at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and from 2017-mid 2019 in a senior management role at University of Pretoria.

Shireen is committed to developing and sponsoring emerging and future leaders and draws on her diverse board, industry experience and diverse networks to mentor individuals to reach their full and holistic potential in a dynamic new world of work and life.

With effect August 2020, Shireen assumed the position of Group Chief Academic Officer of Richfield Holdings.

Business and Academic Accolades

Nomination for Finweek’s
10 Women to Watch

Named as finalist for
Top Businesswoman of the Year Award category

11th Annual Standard Bank Top Women’s Awards

Publication of Peer Reviewed Book,
Chengadu S & Scheepers C (2017)
Women Leadership in Emerging Markets

Routledge NY

Awarded sole license for
Dialogue in the Dark South Africa
(Through Dialogue Social Enterprise Germany)

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Our Clients

“Working with Chengadu Advisory has been an incredible blessing and a game-changer for the Vukile Academy. The Academy was a joint brain child between ourselves and Chengadu Advisory. The professionalism and passion for the programme was impressive. The course content, delivery of the modules and the panel of external resources was of the highest quality. I’m truly grateful to have them as our partners.

Shireen has been a great source of inspiration and support for the Vukile Academy. Her role extended beyond the contractual obligations and she has been a great motivation and mentor for our participants. She has been a thought leader for me as the head of the Academy, she has led and delivered an amazing programme for us. I value her partnership and will highly recommend her capabilities to any company or entity.

I look forward to working together with Chengadu Advisory for many years to come.”


“Working with Chengadu Advisory has been an excellent experience, from start to finish. I would highly recommend their services and insights – it adds tremendous value.

Shireen was the keynote speaker at our Women’s Day virtual high tea. What an excellent addition to the agenda. She kept the audience engaged throughout with her insights and experience. My Inbox was flooded with compliments and praise after the event. Thank you, Shireen!”