Ziad Ahmed: American Muslim Challenges Privilege and Propels his Faith
As Ziad Ahmed grew up in his proud American Muslim household, he was often asked not why he was going to make a difference in the world, but how he was going to do it.
Ahmed is a student at Yale University, an entrepreneur, activist and speaker. He has a long list of honors from Facebook, MTV and Business Insider. He has also done work for the U.S. Department of State, political campaigns and the Women’s March among others.
The social entrepreneur believes that the moral arc of the world bends toward justice, but that we have to actively bend it. He grew up around bold Muslim activists and leaders that have shaped him into the person he is today.
“Faith roots us, and we have a commitment that is larger than ourselves,” Ahmed said.
His faith provides him with a framework to respond to injustice. The racist and misogynist rhetoric that Ahmed found pervasive in the 2012 presidential campaign sparked him to provide schools with resources that help them become more inclusive. He founded a non-profit, Redefy, committed to furthering equality in 2013.
Ahmed is also the CEO and Co-Founder of JUV Consulting, a purpose driven Generation Z consultancy that helps clients reach young people.
The company has worked with over 20 Fortune 500 companies, has been profiled by the New York Times, and has full-time offices in Times Square. “The privilege that I have been so lucky to have is not indicative of most lived experiences, and it is my job to know that and to advocate for justice,” Ahmed said. “I think my faith compels me to the belief that I am a part of a larger community.”
Ramadan Mubarak to Ziad and our Muslim family -- may this holy month bring you community, compassion and peace! For more information on Ziad Ahmed visit, https://www.ziadahmed.me/. You can also follow him @ziadahmed across social media!