Nabeel Ahmed is the Editor of SocialFinance.ca, and conducting research and policy work on social impact bonds and other initiatives at SiG@MaRS. He is currently pursuing a Certificate in Public Administration and Leadership at Ryerson University (ending December 2011). He also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration (concentration in marketing) from the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan. When not at work, he juggles his time between roles as student, media manager for the Association for the Development of Pakistan, and project manager at the Tessellate Institute.
A dynamic individual, Nabeel has deep and varied interests in media, entrepreneurship, sports and photography. He has developed these interests with professional experience in managing and leveraging resources in project-based work, developing and presenting business plans to venture capitalists, designing and producing publications, graphics and videos for various platforms, and leading diverse teams to achieve specific goals.
Nabeel is currently the Managing Editor for SocialFinance.ca, which is dedicated to catalyzing and sustaining a robust social finance marketplace in Canada. He helps curate the conversation around capital for good by coordinating among, and sourcing content from, thought leaders in social finance and impact investing in Canada. He is also engaged in working to promote social innovation and social impact bonds at SiG @ MaRS.
Nabeel is also the media manager and web editor for the Association for the Development of Pakistan, an organization that funds small development initiatives in Pakistan. Nabeel manages both content creation as well as marketing through social media, working with outreach partners and media team members to produce and disseminate compelling content for the organization’s multiple stakeholders.
Nabeel is project manager for the Tessellate Institute as well, developing a program to develop media skills and promote religious integration. The project will be implemented in the fall of 2011.
In the months leading up to the Toronto mayoral race in 2010, Nabeel interned for Spacing magazine, producing a series of articles on the impact of the media on the elections, especially social media. His work was subsequently cited in a number of studies on media in the municipal elections.
Nabeel has previously worked as a researcher for Cronos Consulting. His work consisted of developing the candidate and client database (especially in the renewable energy sector) while supporting key consultant functions through deep Internet research.
In 2008, Nabeel interned at Netpace Systems, a Silicon Valley software and IT solutions firm. There, as a business analyst, he was in charge of developing a business plan based on existing firm capabilities. Within two months, he successfully executed the soft launch for a market research firm in the local industry.
At university, he was highly active in many societies and was distinguished for his multiple positions of leadership. As President of the Photography Society in ’08-’09, Nabeel organized the first-ever public arts event at the IBA, Talking Pictures, which featured a combined arts and photography exhibition as well as a performance of the Bernard Shaw classic Pygmalion. The event attracted an audience of nearly 500 people as well as nationwide media attention on both radio and television.
A prolific freelance writer, Nabeel has previously contributed to the weekly GTA newspaper Generation Next. His articles have also been published in the leading English-language weekly in Pakistan, MAG, and featured on the online e-zine of the Desi Writer’s Lounge. He has also won several awards in university writing competitions.
Nabeel spends his free time roaming the streets with his trusty RC-35, learning how to cook, trying his best to get a grip on French, and watching soccer or cricket.