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PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Carleton University

Fahad Ahmad is a nonprofit consultant and researcher who works with social purpose and community-based organizations to enhance the impact of their mission. Fahad is currently pursuing his PhD at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. His doctoral research, which examines the impact of national security policies on the work on Muslim civil society organizations in Canada and the U.K, is supported by the Social Science Humanities and Research Council and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Fahad is a research affiliate at the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS).

Fahad was the Chief Operating Officer and then, 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. Fahad led Soliya’s strategic partnership with Search for Common Ground, the worlds largest peacebuilding organization, and was appointed as the VP of Strategic Initiatives at Search.

Fahad is presently the Chair of the board of directors of Thousand Currents, a social justice funder that supports Global South grassroots groups led by women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples. Fahad also serves as board member and treasurer for Leadnow, an organization that organizes campaigns for a just, sustainable, and equitable Canada.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Public Policy, Carleton University


  • 2009 
    York University, MBA with specialization in Nonprofit Management
  • 2000 
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, MSc in Computer Engineering