Ahmed Ali, Masters in Business Administration in International Business with a concentration in Emerging Markets
MIB Trieste School of Management
(Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park, District 5360, and Rotary Club of Trieste, Italy), 2019-20

 
Ahmed Ali was born in Somalia and came to Canada in 1991, where he migrated between Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Calgary. He completed an Honours Degree in Sociology from the University of Ottawa and a Masters Degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Community, Planning, Policy and Organization, at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. During his academic years, he participated in supporting forced migrants in Uganda and worked alongside survivors of the conflict in the town of Gulu. He worked with internally displaced persons on programing that pertained to mental health, psychosocial wellbeing and access to justice services. In his research, he recognized the impact of microfinance and how it can help empower a community impacted by the trauma of conflict. His research showed the benefits of collective saving and microfinance systems, which in turn helped community members provide education funding for their children, opportunity to grow additional crops to sell in the market and a means to come together to build capacity and awareness of their own mental health.
Ahmed is a practicing social worker and has worked with agencies such as the University of Calgary, the Salvation Army, the Government of Alberta, the Region of Waterloo, the Refugee Law Project at Makerere University and the Edmonton Somali Community. He applies an anti-oppressive and intersectional lens towards systemic and organizational structures to help develop inclusive spaces that are free from discrimination. He began his community work in the non-profit sector when he created a youth basketball league and created a youth mentorship program for first-generation Canadian youth.
 
Ahmed will be attending MIB Trieste School of Management to complete a Masters in Business Administration in International Business with a concentration in emerging markets and plans to learn financial principles that can transform poverty alleviation strategies in East Africa. Ahmed’s interests include the increasing development of mobile banking resources and microlenders which have been helpful in alleviating poverty in many developing countries.
 
His long-term professional goal is to shift existing remittance funds that are sent to East Africa towards sustainable investments (i.e. microfinance and social enterprise)  and entrepreneurship. He would like to use the MBA to empower various diaspora populations towards investments and to build the social capital of East Africans.
 
For more information about Ahmed, click here for his LinkedIn page.