“Life is not possible without business!” - Harry Welby-Cooke, Business and Executive Coach.


Harry Welby-Cooke is an entrepreneur, professional speaker and a leading business and executive coach. He is the Southern African, joint Master Licensee of ActionCOACH.

Before spreading his entrepreneurial wings, Harry spent 12 inspiring years at one of the big four commercial banks (Standard Bank).  He worked his way up the ranks filling a number of management positions across retail banking, credit and risk management.

In 2006, as a now corporate refugee, Harry left the sheltered corporate world to open his own management consultancy.  In 2007, he co-launched ActionCOACH in Southern Africa.

Committed to the coaching and mentoring industry in South Africa, Harry was elected and served as National President of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) in 2012 and 2013.

Harry is happily married and is father to a tribe (of 3 gorgeous children – Tristan, Hayley and Jonathan).  A motor sport enthusiast, he also loves the outdoors, all racquet sports, is an average guitarist and a new, but still only noisy, drummer.  Since relocating to the Cape he is mastering the art of falling off a surfboard.

What makes Harry unique?  A massive vision on what entrepreneurship can accomplish individually, and collectively.  Whilst most people dream of owning their own business, Harry truly believes that this is not only within reach for everyone, but is the only catalyst that will create the required growth, employment and wealth Africa so desperately needs.

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