Who We Are
Cosmic Centaurs is a consultancy, training, technology and insights company helping organizations and individuals reimagine and build the future of work and education.
We strategize and implement programs to help our clients adapt to the new ‘where’ and ‘how’ of work and learning.
The company was founded by Marilyn Zakhour amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic which accelerated the adoption of remote work and learning.
How We Work
Using our tried and tested models and concepts, we help individuals and organizations outline a working model for productivity and engagement, identify and manage digital solutions to propel learning, organizational effectiveness, and professional development.
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.
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.
Antoinette Tamer, Consultant
Antoinette Tamer is a consultant at Cosmic Centaurs, with experience in Agile methodologies, products, projects and account management. Previously head of the development unit at Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Antoinette has a technical background, and she is an expert in the evolution of development teams from waterfall project management to Agile, adopting Scrum rules to plan, organize and lead.
Rajar Karol, Strategic Advisor
Rajat Karol, founder of DHC AI, is focused on solving for personal and organizational health. He has multiple awards for business transformations during his 17+ years leading multicultural global teams in Sales, Delivery, Support, Finance, Operations, Internal Audit, Digital Transformation, Analytics and AI. At Cosmic Centaurs, he helps develop and drive strategic imperatives and is a sounding board for the leadership team.
He has an MBA and is a Computer Sciences Engineer.
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 upskill 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
We offer training, coaching and tools for individuals and employees to improve efficiency, increase productivity and drive digital transcendence. You can start by exploring our resources and insights sections for tools and tips.
Our Models & Concepts
The exponential rate of technological innovation is surpassing human capability to absorb and apply it effectively.
To keep up, organizations around the world have adopted digital transformation initiatives, a trend that was further accelerated by the global pandemic. This forced the rapid creation and adoption of new ways of working and learning.
Not everyone is gaining the most value of these technologies and to solve for this, we rely on these frameworks:
The Omnichannel Organization™️
Omnichannel experiences are used to drive rich and engaging user experiences across industries.
The Omnichannel Organization designs a coherent experience for employees that extends across all touchpoints, physical and virtual, allowing them to seamlessly connect and align with the organization’s goals and add meaningful value wherever they are.
Across all our work, we apply Human-Centered Design to keep people at the core of our approach. Design thinking allows us to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements of business success to help individuals and companies adapt to the new ways of work and learning.
This design-thinking inspired model focuses on 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. This model is centered around 'people' to gain the most value of the technology around us shaping the future of how we learn and work.
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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Rituals are any activities or habits your team employs to foster culture, collaboration and connectivity. Click through to see our favourite rituals developed by Cosmic Centaurs and our community.