LOUISE
MOWBRAY
If we believe the future is simply all about advancements in technology and the sciences, we're missing the bigger picture. The future is all about people. 

Relevant: Future-Focused Leadership | Available on Amazon 

The Future of Work and Leadership

Louise is the founder of Mowbray by Design, established in London in 2005. She specialises in The Future of Work and The Future of Leadership, working with some of the world's most respected leaders and C-suite teams at the intersection of leadership, innovation, transformation and purpose-driven business. 


Louise is  the author of Relevant: Future-Focused Leadership, and a co-author of Uncertainty: Making Sense of the World for Better, Bolder Outcomes. She is also a keynote speaker, an occasional visiting lecturer for business schools, associate faculty for the the Center of Creative Leadership (CCL) and an educator for Duke Corporate Education. 

She is a Conscious Leadership Coach (ICF), Natural Foresight® Practitioner (TFSX) and a behavioural science practitioner (Lumina Learning). Louise is also the host of LIFT: Lead Into the Future Today, co-host of In Conversation: Exploring the Future with Global Thinkers and a regular guest speaker on podcasts, panel discussions and live events. 
In earlier career chapters, Louise worked for listed organisations in the investment banking, technology and executive search sectors, co-founded an executive search firm and was MD MENA for a British luxury lifestyle company. She has lived and worked in the UK, the UAE and South Africa and works with clients around the world. 

Louise's Bio

Louise was born in Cape Town and moved to London in her early twenties where she worked in the investment banking and technology sectors. She then joined a retained Executive Search Consultancy, delivering pan-EU assignments at C-Suite, Partner and Director levels.
In 1999 Louise founded Venture Partnership Ltd, the executive search and organisational development company focused on the VC and corporate venture space. Her next adventure took her to the Middle East where she set up the operations and was MD MENA for a British company in the luxury lifestyle sector.
Louise returned to London in 2005 where she set up Mowbray by Design. Today she is based between the UK and South Africa and works with clients in a number of countries around the world.

Purpose & Philosophy

Louise's experience in Executive Search provided the catalyst for her to found Mowbray by Design in 2005, with the sole purpose of helping leaders, teams and organisations to evolve and grow.
After studying Conscious Leadership Coaching in 2011 (ICF), her passion for conscious business was ignited. Because it has been proven to be sustainable, it's incredibly rewarding and it's what today's increasingly transparent, connected world of work demands.
Louise continues to gravitate towards conscious leadership and the vast business and societal potential in using business as a force for good.

Coaching Qualifications

Louise is an International Coach Federation (ICF) & Conscious Leadership® (ICF/ACTP) Coach with over eighteen years experience coaching diverse leaders, executives, entrepreneurs and their teams across the sectors and in many countries.

Professional Speaker

Louise has extensive and varied experience delivering keynotes and lectures to audiences ranging from 3,000 to 30 in a number of cities and counties. Contact her directly if you're planning your next event.

Associate Faculty

Louise is associate faculty for both the Center of Creative Leadership and Duke Corporate Education and has been a visiting lecturer for a number of business schools over the years including Chicago Booth, Durham, Cass, Henley, GIBS, UCT and Wits.

Lumina Learning Practitioner

Louise is a Lumina Learning Practitioner and uses their innovative suite of integrated digital psychometric and assessment products, modalities and tools (Big5/Jung) wherever suitable for Leadership, EQ, Teams, DEI, Agile Thinking, Innovation and Resilience engagements.

Futures-Thinking

Traditional strategy isn't enough for today's world of work. Louise works with Natural Foresight® tools (The Futures School/Kedge) to support leaders and teams to expand their perspective, connect the dots and make sense of complexity and the intensity and pace of change. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Louise is regularly asked to deliver keynotes and to consult on the topics of women in leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also a member and supporter of a number of global initiatives.

Personal Leadership Brand

Louise was an early pioneer in the ‘people brand’ space and developed a winning methodology, which she delivered to leaders, executives, teams, business schools and in an online video based course on Udemy.

Modalities & Tools

Louise uses the insights and powerful development tools from the dynamic worlds of conscious leadership, strategic foresight, systems thinking, sensemaking, behavioural science and neuroscience to inform and enrich all engagements.

All Things Careers

As a former executive search consultant, Louise has unique insights, expertise and experience to assist you in successfully building your career and in navigating all manner of career challenges, change and transitions.

Entrepreneurship

Louise founded Venture Partnership in London in 1999 to work with VC’s, incubators and corporate ventures at the rise of the new economy/dot.com. She continues to work closely with entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and their teams.

Multicultural Experience

Louise has lived and worked in the UK, the UAE and SA and has experience working across Europe, MENA, North America and in a number of other countries.

Global Companies

Having worked for listed companies for the first half of her career and serving many today, Louise intimately understands the complexity of both internal and external challenges in today’s major organisations.
I engaged with Louise in order to enhance our sense of working together in the Hempel Africa Management Team. Her work yielded great results for us. Louise helped us with various workshops providing a sense of direction for the team. This was followed by individual coaching sessions that gave a fantastic "rounding" for all involved. I can highly recommend Louise to aid you and your firm forward. 
Michael Steen Lunde

Managing Director & INVESTOR

It's time for change

It's time to think more holistically about people, the future of leadership and work. Since founding Mowbray by Design in 2005, our social, political, economic and environmental conditions have changed enormously. And so too have we.  


Today, we have a deepening desire to actively connect to the things we care deeply about across all aspects of our lives. However, many of our systems, models, frameworks, thinking and approaches are lagging behind, creating a disconnect between what we desire and the organisations we serve.


We are experiencing a collective shift and the much-needed emergence of more conscious, purposeful, innovative, future-focused leadership at all levels. This is the work I care deeply about.

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