Saj loves sourdough bread and holds a yeast starter that is generations old in his very own fridge.

Saj, in addition to his role as Founder of The Smarty Train, works cross practice.

He frequently works at senior and board level, and regularly comments on issues relating to talent.

An Economist by training, Saj started out as a Strategy Consultant at Accenture and then moved to EY’s Strategy Advisory Practice. There, he focused on the transformation of central government and received a ‘Best of the Best’ Award. One of his career highlights was being involved in London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics. He’s also registered on a global patent for a model that measures the value of public sector service delivery.

Besides some trips to Number 10, working with two Secretaries of State and writing his book, The Smarts (Penguin: 2019) Saj still finds time to pursue his interests in Accelerated Learning. He’s a bit of a geek at heart.

His work has been featured in the books “Licensing Occupations: Ensuring Quality or Restricting Competition (W E Upjohn Institute for Employment Research)” and “Unlocking Public Value (John Wiley & Sons)”.

Outside of work, he’s currently involved in a project to reform the teaching of Economics at undergraduate level, globally. In 2022, his appointments as Trustee of The University of London Convocation Trust, and Trustee of Young Enterprise were renewed for a further term.

During Covid-19, Saj led The Smarty Train’s response and its work with Essential Services, globally.

Saj has studied at Harvard University, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and University College London (UCL), where he received both a Graduate Merit Award and a Faculty Award for outstanding academic performance.

Saj has been awarded Freedom of the City of London, and in 2018 was nominated as one of a hundred faces of a Vibrant Economy. In 2021, his book The Smarts became an Amazon best-seller.

Back to the team

We’d love to
hear from you!

The Smarty Train
24A Marshalsea Road

Contact us +44 (0)20 7089 5630

Let's Chat...