Farah Mohammed

Farah Mohammed

March 23, 2021 | secon2017

A tri sector executive leader with extensive and broad national and international experience in government, social profit and for-profit sectors. For the past twenty-five years, Farah has worked alongside politicians, entrepreneurs, business leaders, philanthropists and change-makers, including Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Having travelled to over 64 countries spanning 6 continents, she offers a rich global perspective on different cultures, nuances and how to navigate and negotiate with governments, private and social profit entities in Canada, USA, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Turkey, China, Germany, Pakistan, Brazil and Iraq.

Farah’ areas of expertise include:

  • Building diverse teams and entities big and small;
  • Stakeholder, government & external relations;
  • Private sector partnerships;
  • Governance;
  • Fund Development;
  • Strategic communications & building brands;
  • Public speaking (diversity and inclusivity, gender issues, leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, building movements); and,
  • Devising and executing innovative approaches to problem

Highlights from her previous roles include:

As CEO, Malala Fund, Farah led an international team to deliver on Malala’s mission to see every girl in school. She brokered partnerships with Apple, Citi Bank, Starbucks, Air BnB and other private and public sector partners. Farah negotiated and managed the Yousafzai family’s first trip home to Pakistan since the attack on Malala’s life. Among her memorable moments was sitting at the table with G7 Leaders in 2018 to make the case for a $3.8 billion investment to support quality education for women and girls living in crisis and conflict-affected and fragile states.

As Founder & CEO of G(irls)20, Farah was among the first to elevate the argument for increasing female labour force participation with an increase in a country’s GDP. The organization cultivates a new generation of female leaders while working with G20 leaders to keep their commitment to create 100 million new jobs for women by 2025. She is also the creator of Girls On Boards and cultivated a global network on young leaders around the world.

As Senior Vice President, Toronto Region Board of Trade, Farah led the organization through its response to COVID-19 on behalf of its 10,000 members, transitioned the Board’s summit series to be a revenue generator, ushered in a new policy framework and restructured and expanded the Public Affairs department.

During her time in Canadian politics Farah served as the Chief of Staff to the Honourable Paddy Torsney (Justice, Finance and Environment) and then as Director of Communications for the Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan who was also Minister of Justice, Health. During this time Farah was a chief spokesperson on 9/11 and SARS.

Farah is a passionate volunteer and was recognized for her service to Canada with a Meritorious Service Medal from Canada’s Governor General & Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She was also recognized by the Public Policy Forum (2019), London’s Top 1000 Most Influential People (2018), BBC (Top 100 Women), Women of Influence (Top 25 Most Influential Women in Canada), SALT (100 Most Inspiring Women in the World), EY (Nominee for Social Entrepreneur of the Year) and Diversity 50.

She currently serves as a Board Member for Music Canada, RefugePoint and G(irls)20 and is a Global Advisor for Apolitical Academy. She was a Board Member for The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the Ontario Science Centre, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canadian Club of Canada and the Co-Anchor, Clinton Global Initiative’s Network on Investing in Girls and Women. Farah was born in Uganda and in 1972, her family fled when Uganda’s dictator, Idi Amin gave Asian Ugandans 90 days to leave the country. She and her family sought refuge in Canada. She lives in Toronto.


Keynote Speech
Sunday, March 278h, 2021 8:45 a.m. EST