Nerisha Maharaj MBA.CA

Enneagram, Executive Leadership & Life Coach, Yoga & Meditation
Durban & International
Mobile Number: 083 270 2523
Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

International life coach and author Nerisha Maharaj MBA.CA offers life, leadership and business coaching and facilitations to individuals and teams from all walks of life.  She brings together a unique blend of expertise in the fields of spiritual intelligence, business and self-mastery, using her experience with the Enneagram, yoga, coaching, solid business expertise and ancient Eastern psychology to unleash the highest potential in her clients. Having left a successful corporate career for the road less travelled, she assists fellow humans to find their inner Light and live out their purpose. Her belief is that everyone has the choice and capacity to be a leader in various aspects of life through higher consciousness.

Nerisha’s 12-year corporate career included working for multinational companies Deloitte and Unilever around the world living in London, New York, and Botswana providing direct Board support on strategy, sustainability and risk. Her book Self-Love: The Authentic Path to Conscious Leadership, based on her award-winning, published MBA research, is now in its fourth print run since publication. Her work is focussed on helping people feel the aliveness, beauty and presence of their true Selves, which awakens personal joy, creativity and effectiveness.

A global client base, and proven track record of successful results ensures a world-class service to her clients, whilst offering accessible coaching for clients ranging from CEOs to small entrepreneurs and Gen Y graduates---anyone looking for personal development, who cannot afford the exorbitant costs of coaching that are usually accessible to top level corporate executives only.  Sessions are not prescriptive and are tailored to suit the individual needs of each client, including virtual sessions for international clients. Her experience includes over 5000 hours of coaching across diverse client profiles, including CEOS, chefs, creatives, engineers, IT experts, bankers, marketing executives, lawyers, doctors, mechanics, accountants, academics, housewives and entrepreneurs.

Nerisha teaches her flagship Self-Mastery & Leadership course on the Executive MBA (UCT Graduate School of Business) and facilitates a range of Enneagram and leadership development workshops for corporate clients. She is an internationally certified. Advanced Enneagram and Team Dynamics practitioner, certified EQ & Brain Styles Assessor and certified Lumina Sparks Assessor.  Her yoga and meditation training includes 10 years as a practitioner, 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training, ongoing studies with monks as well as formal training in advanced meditation techniques in Rishikesh, India.  Nerisha writes coaching articles for various publications, is a frequent guest speaker and finds her soul joy in the study of ancient spiritual Vedanta and Buddhist philosophy, Sanskrit, travels off the beaten track and Japanese Sumie painting. For more information, visit

Her Clients Include:

  • UCT Graduate School of Business
  • Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb
  • The World Bank
  • Bidvest Tank Terminals
  • RCL Foods
  • Standard Bank
  • Unilever
  • City Logistics
  • Sqwidnet
  • SA Homeloans
  • All Life Insurance
  • Acti-Chem SA
  • Lignotech
  • Umgeni Water
  • Once Youth Hostels

Published Books, Articles and Conference Papers (Refereed):

Maharaj, N., (2016). Self-Love: The Authentic Path to Conscious Leadership. (available on, Amazon, Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Barnes & Noble and Kobe).

Maharaj, N., & April, K. (2013). The power of self-love in the evolution of leadership and employee engagement. Problems and Perspectives in Management, 11(4), 120-132. (Awarded UCT Graduate School of Business publication award Jan 2014)

Maharaj, N., & April, K. (2013). Self-love & leadership: Tapping the heart of employee engagement. Ashridge International Research Conference 3 ('Multigenerational Challenges: Integrating Younger and Older Ages in Managing the Organisation'). Ashridge Business School, England, UK, 19th-20th July 2013.

Client testimonials:

“Working with Nerisha has allowed me deep insight to better understand myself and my structure of interpretation. This has allowed me to broaden my leadership ability and better understand my high impact areas. What started as a leadership journey has positively affected all aspects of my life. I derive great value from our sessions. Thank you Nerisha.” 
Ryan Gaines, CEO, City Logistics

“On the Enneagram and coaching, it’s not just about leadership development, it’s about your life. Personally, I think it improved the quality of my life 100%. And I’m sure it is going to be even greater as I integrate it more and more into how I speak, think and act. What has changed for me is how much I am loving what I am doing. My work is a vehicle toward realising who I am. What unlocked it for me was the Enneagram, coaching with you, and your book. It really helped me to get to know who I am”.
Gabisile Ndwandwe, HPC Director, Unilever SA

“I hope I’ll always remember that you are a gift from God. No amount of words can express my gratitude. You have gone over and above what I expected. You share your resources freely. You take time to analyze issues and challenges so we can deal with them and find solutions.  Your coaching has been somewhat a lamp unto my feet. You are more that a life coach to me”.
 Jabu Ninela, Senior Finance Manager, Dube Tradeport 

“Nerisha made me feel at ease and comfortable to address some of my uncomfortable issues be it my past and spiritual dilemma. She has great expertise in coaching and in enable her participant to discover his/her inner spirit. I am in awe of her compassion, her empathy, and her concern for her patients and their journey of self-discovery. She is very knowledgeable at the subject matter. I am different person that I was before my sessions with her. I wholeheartedly recommend her to others.” Mdu Shabalala, HR Manager, Bidvest Tank Terminals

“I would like to thank you again for our discussion, it was a revelation for me and Thank You”
Odile Patricia Norolalao, World Bank Early Learner Fellow

“Coaching for me has definitely been an eye opener. From childhood, throughout school and university, the emphasis in our lives has always been IQ. No one ever teaches you how to be a good person or how to communicate and interact or even the importance of having an EQ and SQ to match or balance the IQ which we spend the first 20 years of our life trying to strengthen and improve. Nerisha has been an excellent coach and I have really enjoyed working with her. Coaching is a hard work as it forces you to see the truth about yourself and your environment. There is a lot of introspection required and it sometimes requires strength, courage and a pinch salt to understand and accept the reality and truth in our circumstances and lives. From coaching I have learnt to be the change that I want to see in the world because if there is one corner in the universe were I can be certain of improving, then that corner lies within myself.” Kirosha Pillay, Process Engineer, Bidvest Tank Terminals

“Nerisha seems an expert in her chosen career of life coaching. She immerses herself in this process with others. Very open approach to coaching and pretty flexible to the needs of the incumbent.” Botsepegi Motau, L&D Manager, Santam

“I think the Enneagram is a wonderful tool however I must stress that without you it would be just another tool.  Thank you for your warmth, kindness and compassionate nature". Itumeleng Matsebatlela, Development Consultant, SA Homeloans

“Seeing Nerisha on a monthly basis is one of the best decisions I’ve made. She is highly knowledgeable and her advice is always informative and practical. What really shines through is her passion and sincerity towards my success. She is an inspirational coach!"   
Christo Spetsiotis, Founding Director, Siyakhuluma Project

“The thing that sets Nerisha aside from others in the market is her dual skills.  Her background as a CA with a successful corporate career gives her a practical insight and perspective  which I found greatly beneficial.  At the same time, she has a strong focus on self-development based on the individual’s value system and personality, and I found the resulting paradigm shift profoundly empowering and energising.  Ultimately, she is hugely helpful in realizing and reaching one’s individual potential and goals.”
Prishani Seebaran, Finance Manager, Life Health Care Entabeni Hospital

"The desire to get coaching came at a time in my life when I was grappling what felt like a deep inertia and complacency in my life. I felt devoid of purpose and that somehow my life had reached a frustrating point of stagnation that I neither understood nor could bear. Serendipitously, a friend recommended Nerisha to me after gushing about her great experience with her. Nerisha turned out to be a beacon of light. With her coaching I have been able to find a positive momentum in my life; unblock years of hidden emotional burdens and baggage. This has helped me transform into a brighter and more energetic being, willing and able to reach for bigger dreams. Coaching with Nerisha is something that continues to help peel back the layers that shroud better thinking and being and I cherish the sessions with her more than anything else in my calendar! I recommend her to anyone in need to of self-discovery and rediscovery of purpose. She is truly gifted in her work and she creates a space where you can feel safe, respected and nurtured towards a more fulfilled you. Nerisha has been a huge a catalyst in my life journey. She helped uncover the root of all the things that were holding me back from being true to myself and chasing my dreams. Through her coaching I was able to get opportunities to live abroad and publish a book. She has been a huge support for me.” Vuyo Henda, Brand Marketing Manager, Unilever

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