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Executive leadership coach Arif at The Leadership Coaches

A globally recognised executive and CFO coach who specialises in leadership training, executive coaching, and team coaching, Arif has more than 25 years of leadership experience across multiple industries and functions. 

Having previously held roles including the global CFO of the Japanese company Benesse and other organisations including Ford, Delphi, Avon, Becton Dickinson, and McCann Worldgroup, Arif understands the challenges executives and CFOs face within the workplace.


With his own first-hand experience, Arif has helped develop C-Suite leaders and high potentials at multinational firms including Coca-Cola, Ogilvy, IG, and Allfunds Bank.


Specialising in enhancing financial leadership and team abilities that are essential for an organisation's strategic and business success, Arif brings deeply human solutions to business challenges and believes that personal mastery is key to modelling and embodying transformational leadership. 


Fluent in English, Urdu, and Japanese, outside of coaching, Arif is a Professor of Leadership and Management at a major university in Japan and was recently awarded the President's Global Education Award for teacher of the year.

Areas of Expertise:

Qualifications and Professional Memberships:

  • CFO Coaching

  • Leadership Coaching

  • Executive Transitions

  • Stakeholder Management

  • Executive Presence

  • Integral Coaching



  • Marshall Goldsmith SCC

  • Hogan Advanced Practitioner

  • Alethia Coaching

  • Confidence Coaching

  • Navigating Office Politics

  • Expatriate Leaders in Japan

  • Korn Ferry KFLA

  • Neuroleadership Institute (brain-based coaching and certificate in Foundations of Neuroleadership)

Arif's guidance and insightful queries and curiosity have helped me navigate a complex organisation. He has built my resilience, supported me in my journey, and been an advocate for my personal growth and transformation. I would recommend Arif to anyone who is looking for deep insight, mentorship, and personal and professional growth.

Arif's magic is he balances art and science to bring light to your situation and open your mind to what alternatives could be. He can give very practical, structured advice to work situations, but he's also an incredibly insightful and perceptive coach. He speaks to your whole self, not just yourself at work. I've been often surprised over the last 3 years with the revelations I've arrived at. It's led me to taking a much overdue sabbatical and changing industries after almost 2 decades. I highly recommend him as a coach.

I highly recommend Arif as a coach. The coaching experience with Arif was one of the memorable milestones of my career. His invitation to change my life by changing my questions, as well as listening to my inner voice, has been a key to many doors in both my personal and professional journey.

Executive coaching at The Leadership Coaches

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