Ziad A. Ahmed
Ziad A. Ahmed. (born c. 1999) is a 19-year-old American-Muslim activist, entrepreneur, and speaker and student at Yale University. As a 14-year old, Ahmed founded Redefy, a by-youth, for-youth 501(c)3 social justice nonprofit whose mission is to equip young people with the resources to fight discrimination and stereotyping in their communities. Additionally, he founded and acts as CEO of JUV Consulting, a generation Z marketing consultancy, and was featured on Forbes 30 Under 30.
Education and Service[edit | edit source]
Ahmed graduated from Princeton Day School in June 2017 Cum Laude with the Alumni Service Award. He currently attends Yale University as a sophomore, pursuing a double-major in Cognitive Science and Global Affairs. There, he serves on the Executive Board of the Yale International Relations Association (YIRA) and is the Executive Director of the Yale Model UN Institute (YMUNI).
Growing up, Ahmed served on the Executive Board of Not in Our Town, a Princeton-based racial justice non-profit, and travelled to Costa Rica, Morocco, and India to engage in service. As part of his interest for social change, Ziad was a member of Corner House’s GAIA Team in order to be further involved in promoting understanding within the Greater Princeton Area. His commitment to community service led him to win multiple Presidential Service Awards as he completed over 600 community service hours during his high school career. Currently, Ziad is also on the Marketing Advisory Board for DoSomething.org, and is also a face of their #GrabTheMic campaign. Additionally, Ziad is also a Youth Advisor for Women's March EMPOWER, a volunteer for the Concordia Forum, and an advisor for various exciting campaigns such as the LAMP's #22x20 initiative.
Ahmed has also worked for the Martin O'Malley 2016 Campaign for President, holding the role of Co-Head of YouthForOMalley. Furthering his political engagement, he has also interned with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in her district office. He interned for the US State Department as a VSFS Intern working on its P2P project to harness the power of social good campaigns to combat online extremism. At the State Department, Ziad became a lead intern of eleven other interns focusing on the long-term strategy of the initiative, and spearheaded the beginning of the process to create an app to allow young people all around the world to engage in the important work. As a result of his leadership, he was given the opportunity to present his work at a UN General Assembly Side Event about the P2P Project co-hosted by Facebook, the US Department of State, and Edventures.
Ahmed also joined the Hillary 2016 team as a volunteer, working directly under the Muslim Outreach Director. Ahmed became a Founding Member of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman's Youth Advisory Council, and he is excited to continue to look for ways to uplift people through politics.
Additionally, Ahmed has given four TEDxTalks, has spoken at forums such as the Council on Foreign Relations, has written for publications such as Teen Vogue, and serves on boards such as the Marketing Advisory Board for DoSomething.org. He has been featured on the Washington Post, NBC, CCTV, TIME, BBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, AJ+, and other notable sources. Currently, Ziad also serves as the Digital Intern for the SOZE Agency, working specifically on Yara Shahidi's EighteenX18 campaign to encourage young people to vote in 2018.
Redefy[edit | edit source]
In September of 2013, Ahmed founded Redefy, a youth nonprofit committed to defying stereotypes, redefining perspectives positively, embracing acceptance and tolerance, and creating an active community. Redefy has grown immensely with hundreds of students internationally on the team, over 5,000 combined followers on social media, and over 200,000 hits on redefy.org. Ziad is the president of the board, oversees all Redefy programs, and immerses himself deeply into his activism. He has been recognized as a leader in his field through being included in conversations at the White House about discrimination, chosen as a member of many organizing committees of social movements, and invited to meet many high profile leaders. His work has been commended by President Barack Obama personally, PBS, CCTV, and other notable sources. Additionally, he has been the recipient of the Diana Award, the National Youth Activist Award in Social Justice, and the Princeton Princeton Prize in Race Relations. MTV has even named him of one of the top nine teens changing the world, and a High School Trailblazer. Business Insider has also named him one of the top 15 young prodigies changing the world.
JUV Consulting[edit | edit source]
Ahmed has also co-founded JÜV Consulting Inc., which is a youth consulting firm. He serves as the CEO, and works to empower teens with the opportunity to communicate directly with businesses about what exactly appeals to youth. The company has grown to have over 100 teen consultants worldwide, a network of nearly 500 students used for qualitative feedback, and clients that include Fortune 500 companies. JÜV Consulting has been profiled by Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Insider, and Mic. For his entrepreneurship, Ahmed was a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 for Marketing and Advertising.
Media Presence[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "ziad-ahmed | FULL BIO". ziad-ahmed. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- "Ziad Ahmed | HuffPost". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- "Redefy". Redefy. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- "JUV Consulting".
- "30 Under 30 2019: Marketing & Advertising". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- "Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- "Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) | Twitter". www.twitter.com. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- "Ziad Ahmed". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
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