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Vanessa Chehlawi

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+1 416 681 2925

Vanessa Chehlawi, based in Toronto, is an active member of the Leadership Advisory Practice. She leverages her experience in advising clients on solving leadership challenges, transforming operating models, and developing their talent and themselves. She is an active member of the Executive Assessment & Development and Diversity & Inclusion practices.

What energizes me most is working with people and striving to understand what deeply motivates them. My goal is to help organizations and individuals thrive through leadership and development advice.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Vanessa was with McKinsey & Company, starting as a Business Analyst and advancing to the roles of Associate and then Engagement Manager. While serving clients across Canada, the U.S., and Australia, she led digital transformations and managed teams to design and deliver agile capability building programs. Before McKinsey, Vanessa held positions in silicon photonics research at the University of Surrey, and solution architecture at Ericsson.

Vanessa graduated from McMaster University with a double major in Engineering Physics and in Management, specializing in nanotechnology, and then earned an MEng in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Outside work, Vanessa feels passionate about the refugee crisis, and offers support through work with NGOs in Canada and in Lebanon. She also enjoys yoga, meditation, dance, traveling, culinary experiences and learning new languages.

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