Hearth Advisors

An international team of experts with experience building and turning around businesses, specialising in strategy, business transformation, investments, education, healthcare and sustainable development.
Investor Insight and Transaction Advisory

Business Strategy

Hearth Advisors are diversified business strategy consultants with global experience of managing and advising leading organisations.
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Education and Skills

Hearth Education is an international team of outstanding experts providing innovative solutions to clients in education and skills.
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Hearth Lecture Series

Trendspotting: Why Things Matter is part of our Policy & Advocacy outreach, and presents discussions about an evolving future.
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Great Learning. Great Experiences.

SternaXP, a collaboration between HCL and Hearth Advisors, brings a world-leading blend of academic rigour and exploration to students.
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Who We Are

We turn our clients’ ambitions into reality, creating impact through delivery.

Hearth Advisors is a leading consulting firm that deeply understands national and international best practices and seeks to make tangible impacts across our focus areas of international business strategy, market entry, business transformation, investments, education, healthcare and sustainable development.

From our origins as a consortium of reputed professionals with expertise and a passion for building businesses, education, and healthcare, Hearth has grown into a flexible, broad consulting practice that delivers operational advice and innovative, research-led thinking. Our unique network of senior advisors allows the firm to work in diverse geographies and business segments, ensuring our clients receive outstanding advice and recommendations.

Continents we've worked in
Projects delivered
Years of the Hearth


Shashank Vira

Managing Partner

Shashank is an educator, entrepreneur, and social infrastructure financier, with three decades of experience. He has been the CEO of international companies, led private equity investments and debt financing of education, worked on microfinance and development of local entrepreneurship, established nearly 50 high-quality schools worldwide, master- planned and overseen the development of townships and founded technology-in-education companies.

Zelmira Koch Polk

Zelmira Polk

Managing Partner

Zelmira is a business executive with extensive experience building and turning around businesses internationally. She has worked in finance, crisis communications and management consulting with a specialisation in the education and healthcare sectors. She is an IOD Chartered Director and serves on the board of directors of several leading international companies.

Some of our clients

Why We Are Different



Our people (partners, senior advisors and consulting teams) have the depth of experience and the integrity of vision to deliver lasting value for our clients.


Domain Expertise

Our expertise comes from decades of operational and strategic work and is backed by deep research and experience.



Our focus is on making projects happen. We turn our clients’ ambitions into reality, creating impact through delivery.



Our quality of service, transparency, diversity and respect for project integrity/purpose has led to loyal clients and our good reputation.