About Me

Hello, I’m Aboodi Shabi

As an experienced transformational coach and facilitator, I’ve worked with thousands of people all over the world as a coach, trainer, mentor, facilitator and keynote speaker. Today, most of my clients are based in London, although you can also get great results over Skype, Zoom or telephone, wherever you are in the world.

  • Accredited as a Professional Certified Coach by the ICF since 2003
  • Newfield Certified Ontological Coach
  • On the editorial board of Coaching at Work magazine

Deeper approach

It’s important that you know what to expect at the outset. The coaching style that I use is a deeper form of enquiry. It’s not mainstream, and some people might find it too intense. But, if you are looking for an edgier approach to coaching, an initial conversation will reveal whether or not I’m the right coach for you.

Coaching schools

I deliver coaching workshops as part of the Masters Programme IDC Coaching Institute, which I’ve done since 2007. I’ve also led Coaching Mastery Classes for several other European coaching schools, and spoken at coaching conferences and chapters all over the world.

From 2008-2013, I was head of coaching and training at the Newfield Network. There, I led ICF-accredited programmes in Europe, Asia and South Africa, delivered training and presentations, coached senior executives, and mentored coaches across Europe.

I am now part of the faculty at Henley Business School, where I am Lecturer in Coaching and Behavioural Change.

All this is in addition to my regular coaching and training work.


As well as Newfield, I’ve trained with Coach University, Coach Training Institute, New Ventures West, and Strozzi Institute.

I’ve also played a leadership role in the coaching profession, having set up the UK ICF chapter. I served as its co-President for three years, and was a member of its global board from 2000-01.

I write regularly for various coaching publications, and have contributed to several coaching books, including co-writing a chapter for the latest edition Handbook of Coaching Psychology (to be published by Routledge in 2019).

Back story

I’ve been involved in coaching since the mid-1990s and have been running my own coaching consultancy since 1997.

With my deep curiosity and understanding of people and what makes them tick, you won’t be surprised to learn that I hold a degree in philosophy and politics.

I was made in Baghdad and born in London to an Iraqi Jewish father and Lebanese Christian mother. That challenging blend has given me a sensitive antenna for different perspectives. I bring this outsider’s viewpoint to my work, challenging the status quo and bringing transformational thinking to my clients and students.

Outside work

In my spare time, I have long-standing Iyengar yoga and meditation practices. I also walk and read a lot, as well as catching up on movies, plays and art. I’m a Fellow of the RSA.

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