Strategic Associates and Partners

Some of our Associates and Partners


Prashant specialises in Business Strategy and Strategic Transformation (upstream strategy) consulting. He has over 25 years’ experience in Technology and Business Strategy as well as  leading an Industry practice.  Prashant helps clients in enterprise advisory and strategic areas such as expansion into international markets, margin expansion, creating and protecting differentiation, Enterprise/Retail/Consumer product composition strategies, market entry & India Initiation, and turnaround solutions.  Prior to SMP, Prashant was an Executive Director for IBM in India, where he led IBM’s Travel and Transportation Industry vertical for 7 years building a 2000 people team consisting of skills covering Industry consulting, strategy consulting to technology outsourcing – working with leading clients such as Maersk, Delta Airlines, DHL, IATA, Lufthansa, Qantas, Marriott, SNCF, Malaysia Airlines, Jet airways etc. He also led the Testing Practice with an objective of growing IBM’s global market share, management, client relationship management and project delivery of ITIL based service management, transition and transformation services while performing key client facing roles. Abhay’s credentials include working with Infosys and Credit Suisse. He led strategic initiatives of diverse scale and led transformation and change assignments with a specific focus on right-shoring and management of core, non-core functions. He has been instrumental in achieving strategic and operational efficiencies, functional realignments, and re-purposing of talent. He developed top rated corporate training skills during the earlier part of his career. Prashant is based in Pune, India.




YBP is the only consultancy catalyst company in the world working on Collaboration and Innovation with a pluralistic method based on the value of the person, the beauty of art and the collective solution.  Today, this is the most effective way to bring change within companies.  Learn more  at

YBP’s mission is to help companies grow, help them develop their people and improve continuously over time. We design, execute and evaluate Change Management Collaboration and Innovation projects.
Our target are top management and entrepreneurs: the people who have the responsibility to lead their companies and the power to make change possible. Awareness, consistency, respect, intimacy, design, beauty, digital and innovation all together form the foundations for a solid and effective partnership with our clients. We have strong competencies, which we are continuously developing in the world’s leading business schools: INSEAD, London Business School, Centre for Creative Leadership, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, IDEO, Oxford.

YBP is led by Maria Rosaria Natale, its founder. Maria Rosaria graduated in Philosophy from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium, where she continued her academic research, gaining a Ph.D. After 10 years of res
earch, she left academia and entered the business world. This was the start of her career in Human Resources in companies including Firmenich, Bayer, SchwarzPharma and UCBPharma.  Roles comprised general HR Management, HR Development Manager and HR Director overseeing the acquisition of Schwarz by UCB. At INSEAD,  she attended IEP (International Executive Programme, Fontainebleau – Singapore 2008). She achieved MBTI accreditation in Paris. In March 2013 Maria Rosaria graduated in Consulting and Coaching for Change (CCC), Executive Master Degree at INSEAD. The goal of this path is to think systematically and strategically by examining organisational needs and ways to achieve change.

After a career spanning 10 years, she left to set up her own Company: in March 2008 she founded Your Business Partner.

She is joined by Enrico Rimoldi, YBP Partner and Creative Director.  Enrico is a graduate of DAMS, the Bologna University Institute of performing arts. There he acquired a solid theoretical grounding in mass communication.
He wrote and directed for the theatre, as well as performing, further developing his ability to give shape and movement to a story or a situation.  25 years ago he joined RAI, the Italian national television network, where he worked as a TV director. His broad, deep experience of working in a creative world has led to a sharp focus on his target audience and to the ability to communicate with the viewer he is addressing. Enrico has designed and directed many events and workshops for major national and international corporations. This has allowed him to set out on a fascinating and creative journey, linking communication and the business world, including directing commercials.  In 2013 Enrico joined YBP, to create, design, and execute communication projects producing something that people can identify with in seconds.

Enrico further developed his craft at the London Business School where he focused on brand strategy and marketing.  He also worked on the relationship between Leadership and Photography with MIT professor Hal Gregersen and legendary National Geographic photographer Sam Abel.   And yes, he loves drawing… and motorbikes!


CONNECTEDHR ( is a Dubai and UK based business and partners with clients to support greater integration with their human capital strategies and a deeper perspective both pre & post talent acquisition.   In Doha, Qatar we operate in a partnership agreement with Doha International Consulting.  ConnectedHR is an independent business made up of HR professionals, with creativity and flexibility at our core.  ConnectedHR is led by its founder, Zakeera Vidler.

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Zakeera is a Human Capital and Leadership development expert. She has over 20 years experience in Human Resource, Change Management and Organisation Readiness. Recently, her focus has been on helping organisations develop and build high performance oriented teams – geared for strategy execution.The unique combination of the Strategy Execution with Human Capital and Leadership Development is a winning combination for clients looking to build and mobilise its organisation to focus on strategy.Prior to consulting Zakeera held various leadership development and HR Director posts within large complex Fortune 500 organisations.Zakeera is a Fellow member of CIPD and a certified practitioner for a number of psychometric assessment tools including the HBDIÔ and is the preferred partner for Herrmann International Asia – founders of ‘Whole Brain Thinking’. Some of her recent clients include Merck, Novartis, BNP Paribas, Dunn & Bradstreet, and Atkins.Zakeera holds a BSc in Psychology & Philosophy. She is a Fellow member of CIPD and holds a post-graduate qualification is in Coaching & Mentoring from the Oxford School of Management. ConnectedHR’s services include:

  • Professional Consultancy (HR and Strategy Execution)
  • Learning & Development Solutions (ILM approved centre,
  • Psychometric Assessment and Development services
  • Bespoke Executive Search Services for those ‘critical’ role and/or sometimes ‘difficult to fill’ roles.


In early 2008, we began imagining a world where strategy execution and performance management went hand-in-hand—where metrics were always aligned to strategy, decisions were fact-based, and meetings were productive.  We set about building a new kind of application—an application designed by managers and executives, for managers and executives. A tool to facilitate decision-making and execution. A tool to help you make better decisions, faster.

ClearPoint is a SaaS reporting application that allows you to combine goals, metrics and projects into one easy to manage location.  Perfect for Balanced Scorecard implementations, ClearPoint allows you to manage and execute your strategy in one place, with no version control issues.  Become a reporting superhero, impress your executive team, and tame your reporting process.  Learn more at