chantell ilbury

Facilitator, specialist speaker, lecturer and best-selling author; former entrepreneur.

Chantell Ilbury is one of Africa’s leading strategists and facilitators, working throughout the world specialising in guiding companies and other organisations through their strategic conversations on the future.

Chantell also lectures on strategy and scenario planning for a number of top business schools, and is also a highly accomplished speaker on effective management in times of uncertainty. She has worked with corporate teams and addressed business audiences in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United States, Australia, Singapore, India, Ukraine, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Kuwait, Jamaica, Mauritius, Réunion Island, and throughout Africa.

Chantell holds a degree in chemistry, a post graduate HDE, an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and has studied strategic negotiation at Harvard Business School in Boston.

A former science teacher and chemistry lecturer, Chantell pioneered a radical learner-based approach to science education, which she then incorporated into the design, manufacturing, retail and eventual export of a range of 16 creative science kits. Her success as an entrepreneur earned her a position on the UCT GSB EMBA course.

It was here that she first met Clem Sunter. They shared their ideas on scenario planning that led to the writing of their best-selling book The Mind of a Fox. The second book Games Foxes Play was launched in April 2005; and their third, Socrates & the Fox, in November 2007.

All three were released as The Fox Trilogy in 2011. In July 2016, Penguin published Chantell’s memoirs – A Fox’s Tale: Insights from one of Africa’s most creative strategic thinkers.

You can visit her personal website, which includes her blog as well as images from her travels here.