Who We Are
Cosmic Centaurs is a boutique consultancy, training, technology
and insights company helping organisations reimagine and build the future of work and education.
The company was founded by Marilyn Zakhour amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic which accelerated the adoption of remote work and learning. Cosmic Centaurs was established to help people and companies rethink the new ‘where’ and ‘how’ of work and learning.
What We Do
Our model is rooted in the concept of digital transcendence.
That is, enabling people to extract the most value of the technology around us. We believe that the era of digital transformation is behind us and that the rapid rate at which innovation and technology are evolving is surpassing the capability of humans.
That’s where we come in.
We help individuals and organisations outline a working model for productivity and engagement, identify and manage digital solutions to propel learning, organizational effectiveness
and professional development.
How We Do It
Our team works with a network of consultants, executives, educators, industry specialists and talent managers to guide clients through this transformation. We oversee all elements of this journey, upskilling teams, nurturing collaboration, advising on the relevant digital investments, and creating a culture to embrace change.
Our agility allows us to quickly and effectively future - proof our clients while solving for the challenges of tomorrow.
We offer training and workshops, to equip clients with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate their journey to digital transcendence.
We help you build and upskill your teams, foster greater collaboration, manage technology and create a positive culture of change.
We work with organizations to go beyond digital transformation and prepare for digital transcendence.
We understand their strategy, goals, structure and and objectives before building a plan and guiding clients through this transformation.
We advise on the digital investments to help clients gain the most value of technology and inspire their people to better innovate.
We can also build and manage digital experiences to future-proof your organization.
Who We Serve
We offer consultancy and advisory for c-suite leaders looking to future-proof their strategy. From restructuring the organization, to advising on digital investments, to developing and maintaining a healthy culture, we will walk leaders through their journey of digital transcendence.
We support managers in building teams and implementing processes to deliver high-impact results and unlock the potential of the technology they use. We share tips, tools, and training to help them perform and offer one-on-one coaching for clear communication, efficient operations and results measurement.
HR & Talent Managers
We help HR & talent managers upkskill their people, create more collaborative teams and recruit the best talent in the industry. From operational support to learning and development training, we offer new processes and templates to build and nurture high-impact teams.
Students, Employees & Freelancers
Marilyn Zakhour, Founder & CEO
Cosmic Centaurs Founder Marilyn Zakhour, has experience in organisations of all sizes and knows how to bring the agility of small startups to big corporations.
Previously Chief Marketing Officer of EMAAR, and Head of Dubai Opera, Marilyn holds an executive MBA from INSEAD. She has also spent 10 years in the startup world, building and running digital native companies.
Marilyn is a strong believer that regardless of industry, country, profession, and context, value creation is about creating a safe space and a clear process for teams to collaborate and create freely.
Tala Odeh, Consultant
Tala Odeh is a Consultant at Cosmic Centaurs bringing her storytelling, team-building and strategic planning experience to the company.
Before joining, she worked at EMAAR managing external communications and reputation risk for the group. Previously Tala was a Strategic Planner at Ogilvy, developing insight-driven marketing solutions for Fortune 500 clients.
In 2019, she completed her graduate degree at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Mark Jreissaty, Consultant
Mark Jreissaty is a consultant at Cosmic Centaurs. He was the founding CTO of Rapid TPC, a manufacturing tech startup that specializes in the mass production of thermoplastic composite parts. During his time there, he and his team developed their proprietary turnkey equipment, manufactured 20,000+ parts for the Orthotics and Prosthetics sector, and steered the company to profitability. Mark is passionate about contributing to the progress of the Middle East and is committed to making an impact in the region.
As more and more people started to work from home after the 2020 global pandemic, Marilyn our founder began to imagine everyone sat at home, wearing a work shirt with pyjama bottoms, like corporate centaurs: half office, half couch.
At the time, Zoom became the primary conferencing tool, and people started changing their backgrounds.
Our Founder particularly loved the outer space background; and that's how Cosmic Centaurs was born.
Behind the Name
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