About Me

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I believe that a person’s potential can be unleashed…

“by what they BELIEVE they can do and profound Self-Knowledge….”

Nerisha Maharaj MBA.CA, International Executive Coach. Leadership Facilitator. Meditation & Yoga Teacher. Author. 
MBA (Advanced Leadership & Coaching). Chartered Accountant. Certified Coach. Certified Enneagram, EQ, Lumina Spark & Brain Profile Assessor. Accredited DDI Training Facilitator. Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor (200 hour EYR-T).

Nerisha is an international Executive Coach on the road less travelled, assisting fellow humans to find their inner Light and live out their purpose.  Combining a unique blend of  international solid business expertise and ancient Eastern yoga psychology and spiritual philosophy, her diverse experience and qualifications enables a holistic approach to unleashing the highest potential in her clients.

Nerisha works with harmonising the principles of business and personal growth to assist people across all walks of life.  Her belief is that everyone has the choice and capacity to be a leader in various aspects of life through higher consciousness. Her work is focussed on helping people feel the aliveness, beauty and presence of their true Selves, which awakens personal joy, creativity and effectiveness.

Her book Self-Love:The Authentic Path to Conscious Leadership,was based on her award-winning, peer-reviewed internationally published MBA research. The book was prescribed on the UCT GSB MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme (2016) and included in the recommended reading list to doctoral psychiatry candidates at Stellenbosch University (2018). It was the first academic research into Self-Love, and its link to Leadership impact, in the world, making her one of the recognized global experts in this topic.The book is now into the fifth print run since publication in April 2016.

Her coaching approach includes expertise in the Enneagram, Integral and Ontological Coaching methodologies, Positive Psychology, EQ and Brain Profiling Frameworks and Lumina Sparks, ensuring access to practical self-knowledge assessments for her clients.

Her diversity of clients from all over the world including Sweden, New York, London and Florida testify a solid proven track record of successful results. In addition to corporate clients, she offers accessible private coaching for clients ranging from small business CEOs to Gen Y graduates—anyone looking for personal development, who cannot afford the exorbitant costs of coaching that are usually accessible to top level corporate executives only.  Sessions are not prescriptive and are tailored to suit the individual needs of each client, including the use of virtual call sessions for international and out of town clients.

 Nerisha’s experience includes over 7 000 hours of coaching across diverse industry and client profiles, including CEOS, chefs, corporate executives, lawyers, doctors, mechanics, accountants, academics, housewives and entrepreneurs. Her broad base of corporate clients includes the UCT Graduate School of Business, Bidvest Tank Terminals, The World Bank, Standard Bank, City Logistics, Santam, SA Homeloans, Lignotech, Acti-chem and Umgeni Water inter alia.

Nerisha teaches the Self-Mastery, Enneagram,  Self-Love and  Leadership Evolution course on the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Executive MBA programme and facilitates a range of Enneagram and Leadership Development workshops for corporate clients. She is an internationally certified EQ Fellow and DDI training facilitator for over 60 accredited workshops from strategy to communication skills, a past member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), International Coach Federation (ICF) and African Women Chartered Accountant’s Association (AWCA). Her yoga and meditation training includes over 15 years as a practitioner, the completion of 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training, as well as formal training in advanced meditation techniques in Rishikesh, India and ongoing studies with monks.  Nerisha writes coaching articles for various publications, is a frequent guest speaker and finds her soul joy in the study of spiritual philosophy, off the beaten track travels to sacred places,  yoga, cooking and art. To explore coaching, contact me on at coaching@nerishamaharaj.com 

Published Academic Articles and Conference Papers (Refereed):

Maharaj, N., & April, K. (2013). The power of self-love in the evolution of leadership and employee engagement. Problems and Perspectives in Management, 11(4), 120-132. (Awarded UCT Graduate School of Business publication award Jan 2014)

Maharaj, N., & April, K. (2013). Self-love & leadership: Tapping the heart of employee engagement. Ashridge International Research Conference 3 (‘Multigenerational Challenges: Integrating Younger and Older Ages in Managing the Organisation’). Ashridge Business School, England, UK, 19th-20th July 2013.

Media interviews: 

Accountancy SA mag/SAICA: http://www.accountancysa.org.za/conscious-leadership-through-self-mastery-the-maharaj-way/

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Certifications, Accreditations and Memberships:

Integrative Accredited PractitionerLumina sparkEQ Fellow

Brain ProfilerICFCoaching