Zahir Sumar

Senior Innovation Coach

What do you do at &us?

Ideally, a bit of everything! From strategic planning, coaching clients and peers right through to making concepts and ideas come to life and seeing how people engage (or don’t!) with our creations. Ultimately I’m here to remind leaders and teams that we’re all part of the GIANT feedback loop that is life and help find ways to impact it in the most positive way possible.

What do you care about most in your work?

When I see those lightbulbs turn on in people’s minds knowing that in some way I’ve been a part of their journey to that ‘aha!’ moment. It stems from my life ambition to grow my capabilities and those around me by sharing what I know (with anyone that wants to listen) in a way that makes sense to them.

Also – putting people first no matter what I’m working on. We’re all human at the end of the day and it’s easy to forget that when we’re really busy delivering awesomeness.

What did you do prior to &us?

I did a brief stint as a Compliance Manager at a breakers yard in North London before landing a graduate role at Centrica back in 2014 where I spent the next 8 years of my career.

I wore lots of different hats there from Data Scientist and Product Owner to Blockchain Research Lead before landing my role as the Head of the Accelerator Hub where I led an in-house Innovation and Design Thinking consultancy to rapidly test new product ideas, business models and help transform the way of working across the organisation.

What you might not know about me…

English is actually my second (or maybe even third language)!

I was born in Sweden (and am still a Swedish Citizen) even though I’ve been in the UK the majority of my life.

Talk to me about…

Ways to inspire people and about creating memorable workshops and experiences for people.

Human-centric design and how to really bring people to the forefront of anything.

Parenting – love sharing a good war story, or five…