Chantell Ilbury is an independent scenario strategist, facilitator, speaker and best-selling business author. She specialises in the use of scenarios and game-playing strategy to guide corporate teams through strategic conversations, especially in times of uncertainty. She holds a BSc in Chemistry, a post-graduate Higher Diploma in Education, an Executive MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and has studied Strategic Negotiation through Harvard Business School in Boston.
Chantell is also a guest lecturer on scenario planning and game-playing strategy at a number of top business schools, and is an accomplished speaker on scenarios and effective strategy in times of uncertainty. Her work has taken her as far afield as corporate teams and audiences in the England, Scotland, Ireland, the US, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Australia, Jamaica, Kuwait, Singapore, the Ukraine, India, Jersey, and the Isle of Man as well as throughout Southern, Central and Eastern Africa.
Chantell was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on 30 April 1961. She was educated at Eveline High School before moving on to the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg where she completed her BSc. in Chemistry and a postgraduate Higher Diploma in Education.
After university Chantell started a career in education, firstly as a teacher and then as a designer of computer-based training material for industry.
At the same time she also developed bridging courses for post-matric students and accepted positions to lecture Chemistry and Education. In 1995 Chantell expanded her approach to education when she founded Scienceworks – South Africa’s first science communication company.
She pioneered a more 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 aimed at the 7-16 age group.
In 2001 Chantell was accepted to the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Executive MBA programme. It was here that she first met Anglo America’s Clem Sunter and shared her ideas on scenario planning that lead to the writing of their best-selling books The Mind of a Fox, Games Foxes Play, and Socrates and the Fox.
In 2004 she studied Strategic Negotiation and Deal-Making for the Long-Term at Harvard Business School in Boston.