SkillCity Asian Answers. To Asian Questions.

Readiness. Opportunity. Results.

About SkillCity

Are you addicted to the Harvards, London Business Schools and Inseads for your learning solutions? If yes, we can offer more relevance closer to home. Why? Because being a GCC firm, we know the Asian context better.

Based in Bahrain with presence across Middle East and South and Southeast Asia, SkillCity is a new-generation learning and coaching firm, providing answers to complex leadership and workplace issues facing the Asian leaders. Whether you are an MNC with large Asian workforce or an Asian startup with ambitions to go global, we've got something for you.

Using up-to-the-minute research, we bring you the insights, perspectives, tools and intuition you need to make your managers and organisations achieve superior performance and become truly global player.

A socially responsible green firm, we are aiming to do 90% of pre-delivery business pursuit through the internet so we all use fewer amounts of paper, lesser boardroom space and fewer flights (not to mention that you can put back the time and money savings to where it belongs: your people development!).

Contact Us



  • Bahrain +973 3416 0522
  • UAE +971 50 255 3887
  • Pakistan +92 300 820 1889

About Wali Zahid

Wali is considered an Asian authority on workplace effectiveness. He is CEO of SkillCity [Asian answers to Asian Questions]. A native of Pakistan, he travels frequently in the South Asia and GCC regions to train and coach senior executives willing to make a difference in their and other people's lives.

With the insight of original thought leaders, Wali has trained thousands of business leaders in over 23 years from Fortune-500 companies.

Wali's signature workshops include Leadership for CEOs, Women in Leadership, Leadership Readiness, Leader Derailment and Train The Trainer (TTT). TTT is in its 19th year, with over 1,000 trainers trained in 16+ Asian locations.

An accredited profiler from Team Management Systems (TMS), Australia, Wali is authorised to use online TMP psychometric instrument for superior leader performance.

Before he set up SkillCity, Wali was Country Director, Management Development Services at British Council Pakistan for seven years (2001-2008).

A futurist and disruptor, his thoughts are often considered inconvenient and unconventional, sometimes controversial. He is often interviewed by print and electronic media on #Pakistan2050.

In Pakistan, Wali is the only in-country resource who runs 'Leadership for CEOs' workshop in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Bhurban.

He has interviewed Pakistan's who's who of CEOs for his book, Into the C-Suite. He can work with new inductees and middle managers with equal ease as well.

Wali is also working on Leadership of Prophet Muhammad (SAW): Lessons for CEOs and already given seminars on this topic for Madinah Institute for Leadership (MILE), and in Kuwait, Bahrain, Karachi and Lahore.

Wali has taught MBA courses at IBA Karachi, CBM, Dow & Szabist and IIU Islamabad. As an academic, he has been an Associate Dean at University of Management & Technology (then called ILM), Lahore.

A lifelong learner, Wali has received training in USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Taiwan, Austria and Singapore.

He is Member, Board of Governors of PIM (Pakistan Institute of Management), Ministry of Industries.

He has been member of UK's Institute of Directors, Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and American Management Association.

Wali has also been Team Leader of Prime Minister Quality Award (based on Baldrige Excellence Framework, USA) in Pakistan (2011-13). He has been at BoG of Pakistan Society for Training & Development (2012-14).

Wali is also the first Pakistani consultant trained by ISO/APO Japan on their new standard on Social Responsibility: ISO 26000 in Taiwan.

Check out his personal blog.

Our Clients


European Union, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (High commissions), British Council Pakistan, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Bangladesh and Nepal, Ministry of Women Development, Ministry of Justice GoP, Punjab Judicial Academy, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Asian Productivity Organisation (APO) Japan, National Productivity Organisation (NPO)

Oil & Gas

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Shell, Shell Gas, Chevron, TOTAL, Pakistan State Oil, SNGPL, SSGC, Attock Petroleum Limited, OMV, Tullow Oil, British Petroleum (BP), BHP Billiton, ENI, Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL)

Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals

Novartis, Sandoz, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Roche, Searle, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Merck, Continental, Linz, Pharmatec, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Syngenta, Bayer, Bayer CropScience, Wyeth, Abbott, PharmaTec, Barret Hodgson, Getz, Hilton, PharmEvo, CCL, DuPont, AkzoNobel (ICI), Engro Chemicals, Fauji Fertilizer Company, Fatima/Pakarab Fertilizer


Nokia, Ericsson, Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor, Zong (China Mobile), GrameenPhone Bangladesh, Airtel Bangladesh, PTCL/Etisalat, Hayat Communications Kuwait, Viva Kuwait, Zain Kuwait

Technology / Logistics

IBM, NCR, TNT, TCS, Agility Logistics, PAL Group (Royal Group) Abu Dhabi

Banking / Insurance / Finance

National Bank of Kuwait, NBK Capital, Gulf Bank Kuwait, Bank Al-Falah, Faysal Bank, Deutsche Bank, UBL, UBL Fund Managers, MCB Bank, State Bank of Pakistan, National Bank of Pakistan, Habib Bank, Allied Bank, Finca Microfinance Bank, Akhuwat Microfinance, EFU, New Jubilee General, New Jubilee Life, Qatar Takaful, Orix Leasing

Energy / Power

HUBCO Power, KAPCO, K-Electric


PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Engro Foods, Reckitt Benckiser, English Biscuit Manufacturing (EBM), Tapal Tea, Nestle, McDonald's, KFC, Tetrapak, National Foods, Shan Foods, Hush Puppies


Toyota Motors/IMC, Honda/Atlas, Hinopak Motors, Suzuki Motors, Millat Tractors, Toyota Kuwait, BMW Kuwait, MAN Diesel, Pan Asia (Volvo)

Engineering / Industrial

Philips, Descon Engineering, Thal Engineering, Siemens, Packages, Tri-Pack Films, Rastgar & Co, 3M Pakistan, Atlas Engineering, Balochistan Engineering, KSB Pumps, Atlas Copco

Trading / Distribution

Muller & Phipps, Shirazi Trading Company (Atlas Group)


Kay & Emm, Nakshbandi Industries, Siddique Denim, Crescent Bahuman, Nishat Group, Li & Fung

International NGOs & Donors

DfID, Asian Development Bank (ADB), UNDP, GIZ, IUCN, AKDN/AKF, WWF, UNHCR Afghanistan, Ockenden, American Refugee Committee, International Refugee Committee, SDC, Norwegian Refugee Council, UNDP Afghanistan, Muslim Aid Pakistan, ASMA/WISE New York, Search for Common Ground USA and Nepal


Mindshare (WPP/GroupM), Prestige (Grey), JWT (Asiatic), Orient-McCann Erickson, Jang Group, Manager Today, SMO TV Afghanistan, Urdu 1

Schools / Education

Roots School System, The City School, Beaconhouse School System, Karachi Grammar School, Aitchison College, Foundation Public School, DHA Schools Karachi, DHA schools Lahore, Lahore Grammar School, Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), Education Fund for Sindh (EFS), Navitas Group Worldwide


GUST Kuwait, Higher Education Commission, Aga Khan University, CBM Karachi, NED, Zabist Karachi and Dubai, IBA Karachi, Iqra University, MAJU Karachi, KASBIT Karachi, Greenwich University, UMT Lahore, UCP Lahore, Punjab University Lahore (IBA, IAS), Kinnaird College Lahore, COMECS Institute Karachi, Dow University of Health Sciences, Indus Valley School of Art Karachi, Peshawar Medical College, Riphah University Islamabad, Sir Syed University Karachi


Aga Khan University Hospital, Liaquat National Hospital, Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology (PICO), IbnSina Afghanistan, IbnSina Institute of Public Health and Management Sciences Afghanistan, College of Physicians and Surgeons Karachi and Hyderabad, LRBT Hospital, The Indus Hospital

Hospitality / Travel / Tourism

PIA, Marriott & PC Hotels, Serena Hotels

Professional / consulting bodies

Ernst & Young Kuwait, ACCA, Kuwait Developers, SGS Pakistan, URS, ICAP, ICAEW, ICMAP, Sidat Hyder Morshed Associates/Watson Wyatt, HRDN, Institute of Rural Management/RSPN, Marketing Association of Pakistan, Management Association of Pakistan (MAP), Rotary Club, Lions Club, Pakistan Society for Training and Development (PSTD), Pakistan Institute of Management (PIM), Institute of Bankers Pakistan, Hashoo Foundation, OPEN, SPELT

Clients on our wish list: Apple, Google, 3M, Starbucks, GE, Wal-Mart, TESCO, Warren Buffet's companies, Microsoft, Ritz-Carlton, Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines