Zia Manji

Managing Director

Zia is a Managing Director in Career Connections. With over 25-years of multi disciplinary business experience in a variety of sectors, Zia has held executive and leadership roles in a family business, consumer goods, and consulting. He leads the largest executive search business in East and Central Africa, and through an alliance with Korn Ferry, leads pan-African search assignments for Board, CEO and C-Level hires.

In the last decade, through a partnership with the Academy of Executive Coaching, he has contributed to the development of accredited executive coaches in East Africa, and helped organisations design sustainable and personalised leadership development.

He is dedicated to helping senior executives and boards of multinational and large local companies by offering a unique perspective that combines an entrepreneurial heritage, a breadth of business experience and an extensive network. This, combined with his depth and specialisation in organisational psychology, supports CEOs and business leaders to understand their leadership, leverage talent, understand complexities and bring about change. 

He is a graduate of the renowned Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change at INSEAD Business School (with distinction), and has an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Edinburgh, where he was recipient of the John MacFarlane Award for Leadership. Complementing his vocational specialisations, is his passionate avocation of monochrome waterscape photography, and he regularly holds exhibitions to raise money for conservation and environmental causes.