Lauri Elliott has over 30 years of experience in strategy, innovation, organizational development, change management, human performance technology, business process reengineering, instructional design, and technology. She also has over 18 years of in-depth business and strategy experience in developing markets, particularly in Africa.
As the chief enterprising officer of Globalstratos, Lauri currently assists small start-ups to large companies develop strategies and new ventures, focusing on early-stage development and pre-transaction activities in frontier and emerging markets. Lauri leads a team that develops methodologies for managing and developing partnerships; designing and deploying early-stage projects, project preparation, and structuring organizations and systems to minimize risk and maximize opportunities while building sustainable enterprises. These methodologies are specifically designed for turbulent and continually changing business environments in these frontier markets.
Lauri has two patent-pending inventions covering small producer value chain optimization and scaling. She is also the author of six books, including Redefining Business in the New Africa (2011), which was launched at the World Bank, and Grow Rich in the New Africa (2012). In addition, Lauri is a frequent commentator on ETV South Africa and has been interviewed or quoted by media outlets such as SABC and Fox News.
Lauri is an alumna of the U.S. Speaker Program and holds a master’s degree in education, specializing in instructional design.