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Fahad Ahmad

Research Associate

Degrees:PhD Candidate, MBA (York University), MS (University of Wisconsin Madison)

Fahad Ahmad is a consultant and researcher who works with social purpose and community-based organizations to enhance the impact of their mission. Fahad is a PhD candidate at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar. His SSHRC supported doctoral research examines the impact of national security policies on Muslim civil society organizations in Canada and the U.K. Fahad has worked on the SSHRC Partnership Grant funded Modern Treaty Implementation Research Project with Fiscal Theme lead, Dr. Frances Abele.

Prior to commencing his PhD, Fahad was the Chief Operating Officer and then, the interim CEO of Soliya, an innovative nonprofit that mobilizes young adults from western and predominantly Muslim societies to foster greater cross-cultural understanding. He was also appointed as the VP of Strategic Initiatives at Search for Common Ground, one of the world’s largest peacebuilding organizations.

Fahad provides nonprofit organizations advice on strategy, operations, board governance, policy analysis, program evaluation, partnership development, community mobilization, and revenue diversification. He is the current treasurer and former chair of the board of directors of Thousand Currents, a U.S. based funder that supports Global South grassroots groups led by women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples. He also serves as a board member and treasurer for Leadnow Society, a nonprofit that organizes campaigns to build a just, sustainable, and equitable Canada.

Fahad enjoys teaching and mentoring. At Carleton, he has taught the course, “Community Philanthropy” for the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program at the School of Public Policy and Administration and the course “Counterterrorism, Security, and Civil Society” at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Fahad holds graduate degrees from York University in Canada (MBA) and the University of Wisconsin Madison (MS), as well as a Bachelor’s degree from India.