Saiyyidah Zaidi

Courage & Renewal Facilitator
Speaks English, Hindi

Saiyyidah has three strands to her practice: she is a Founding Partner with Altair and works with CEOs, senior leaders and their teams, as an advisor, mirror and sounding board; she trains senior leaders to become coaches with Meyler Campbell; and she is a Research Associate with the University of Oxford’s Center for Culture and Religion and has been described as a pioneer by academic Journal editors. Stemming from her research and lived experience, Saiyyidah has a particular interest in helping individuals and organisations to develop leadership impact and influence through identity, culture, and belonging.

Saiyyidah is a qualified Architect, has two Masters degrees in Construction Economics and Management and Applied Positive Psychology, and a PhD in Practical Theology/Critical Studies She is a European Mentoring and Coaching Council Master Coach and Embodied Supervisor.

Saiyyidah was a Trustee and Committee Member of the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology (2021-2024), sits on the Advisory Board for AHRC research into Communities of Inquiry, is Founding Convener for the Centre for Belonging and Understanding, is an EMCC accredited Master Coach, and is a Fellow of Association of Project Management.

She is passionate about holistic wellbeing, travel, life-long learning and good coffee!

Saiyyidah lives in London with her husband, two young adult children, and Tiger the cat.

Outside work and home, Saiyyidah enjoys cinema, travel, and experiencing/learning new things (she is currently learning improvisation comedy!).

Favorite quote

I hushed my mouth closed door to speech But tonight it's me with no words speaking secrets

Rumi (Safi 2018, 91)

Where I'm Finding Inspiration

I find inspiration in nature – the wind, trees, clouds, mountains, water – and I say this as someone who was born and grew up in an urban context. I am inspired by the people I work with and how they make me want to be a better human being and help me to cultivate a deeper sense of belonging.

What I Do For Fun, Rest, and Renewal

I read, walk – I am training to walk a marathon, spend time with friends and family. I love learning new things. To renew I spend time in quiet spaces, and at the other end of the spectrum go to conferences and events to learn in community. I spend time with my family, friends, and Tiger the Cat who all help me relax.

Organizations I've Worked With

I have worked with banks, charities, government, law firms, universities, and FTSE 150 scale companies. Today most of my work is with C suite leaders in their journey of leadership transition or trajectory.

My 'side hustle' is in Practical Theology where I am a Research Associate with the Center for Culture and Religion, University of Oxford.