London, United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
United Arab Emirates
Thuso is a leading international strategic consultancy focused on Education, Philanthropy, and Investment in these sectors, and in Emerging Markets, with offices located in London, the European Union, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Thuso's highly international team is drawn from a range of family office services, management consultancy, military, and academic backgrounds, with experience of working in over forty countries. The team speaks over 15 languages. All of Thuso's consultants are graduates of the world's leading universities, primarily recruited from Oxford, Cambridge, and Ivy League institutions, as well as leading Business Schools internationally.
Thuso was the Winner of the 2020 Education Investor: Exporting Excellence Award, and was selected as a Finalist for the Education Resources Awards 2021: Outstanding Achievement During COVID-19, reflecting the work the team has undertaken in support of education systems internationally throughout the pandemic.
Thuso provides end-to-end support for private clients, and family offices, seeking to establish new educational institutions, ranging from schools and nurseries, to universities and specialist training colleges, as well as supporting private clients seeking to acquire assets in these sectors, and advising those wishing to exit from, or consolidate, such holdings. Support includes, but is not limited to, Concept Design, Market Research, Feasibility Studies, Business Plan Development, Site Search, Brokering, Compliance, and Operations. Thuso can also support families in strengthening the academic and commercial performance of existing holdings in the education sector.
In addition, Thuso provides in-depth guidance and support to individuals and families seeking to fund philanthropic ventures, as well as those pursuing impact investments in developing and emerging economies.
For family-owned educational businesses, Thuso also supports Next Generation / Succession planning, as well as providing full operational support for families wishing to 'step back' from day-to-day management.
With extensive experience working with trusts, foundations, non-governmental organisations, national governments, and civil society organisations, in some of the world's most challenging contexts, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Sierra Leone, North-East Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan, and Pakistan, Thuso is ideally placed to support those seeking to facilitate humanitarian, development, or commercial endeavours in challenging and sensitive markets.
This support includes Third Party Monitoring, to ensure that funds are reaching intended beneficiaries, strategic guidance on programming, support with compliance (particularly with regard to anti-corruption practices), and brokering with major stakeholders. Thuso has a strong working relationship with myriad international donors, private foundations, national governments, and leading charitable bodies, and is therefore uniquely well placed to support those seeking to maximise impact in these areas. Support caters to those operating in:
Health, Nutrition, and Food Security;
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene;
Security and Peacebuilding;
Energy and Renewables; and
Conservation and Environment.
Thuso is an evidence-led advisory, with rich in-country knowledge of on-the-ground contexts internationally. With a firm emphasis on 'Do No Harm' principles, it is ideally placed to provide candid guidance on philanthropic activities, particularly where these are not having their intended impact, where they have been undermined by mismanagement, fraud, or corruption, or where unintended, negative consequences have arisen from programming. This allows those supporting Philanthropic ventures to be confident that ventures are sustainable, impactful, and efficient.
Impact investment in emerging markets, particularly those in Central & Eastern Europe, the MENA Region, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands can also be provided with end-to-end support.
With a strong track record in, and rich knowledge of, the education sector, Thuso is also uniquely well placed to provide tailored guidance to family offices, and UHNWIs on their families' education, as well their own academic goals and professional development. Such support can include end-to-end guidance on school selection, university applications, and alternate learning approaches, with a focus on world-leading institutions internationally, as well as providing mentoring, training, and executive education for the next generation of leaders within family-owned businesses.