|Degrees:||BSc (Aligarh Muslim University, India). MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering (University of Wisconsin-Madison, US). MBA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (York University in Canada). PhD (School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, Canada).|
Fahad Ahmad is a nonprofit consultant, researcher and evaluator who works with a social purpose and community-based organizations to enhance the impact of their mission. His doctoral research examined the impact of national security policies on the work of Muslim civil society organizations in Canada and the UK. Fahad is a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar. His research interests encompass issues of civil society, philanthropy, discrimination and the security state.
He was the Chief Operating Officer and the interim CEO of Soliya, an international nonprofit organization that mobilizes young adults from western and predominantly Muslim societies to foster greater cross-cultural understanding. He led Soliya’s strategic partnership with Search for Common Ground, the world’s largest peace-building organization, and was appointed as the VP of Strategic Initiatives at Search.
He’s a board member and the former Board Chair of Thousand Currents, a US-based public foundation seeking systemic change by providing flexible funding to Global South grassroots groups led by women, youth and Indigenous peoples. Thousand Currents follows and advocates for a trust-based, grassroots-led philanthropic model. Ahmad also serves as a treasurer and board member for Leadnow, an organization that organizes campaigns for a just, sustainable and equitable Canada.