Faculty

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Naheed Nenshi
Associate Professor

MPP Harvard University
B. Comm. Univeristy of Calgary

Currently on Leave
Mayor, City of Calgary - Commencing October 25, 2010


Naheed was Canada's first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management, at Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business.  He is also managing director of the Ascend Group, a consultancy whose clients have included the Gap and the United Nations. Previously, he taught at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and was an engagement manager with McKinsey and Company. He is also the lead author of Building Up: Making Canada’s Cities Magnets for Talent and Engines of Development, and is considered one of the nation’s top thinkers on the future of cities.

Naheed holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Calgary – where he was president of the Students’ Union – as well as a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.

Active in the community, Naheed was chair of the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, and has lent his expertise to nonprofit organizations across the city, including the Calgary Foundation, the United Way, the Coral Springs Community Association, and Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids. He has also served on the leadership team of imagineCalgary, where he was a primary author of Calgary's 100-year vision, and is a co-founder of the Better Calgary Campaign and of CivicCamp. 

He was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 by Calgary Inc magazine. He is also a frequent contributor to the comment page of the Calgary Herald and is often called upon as a media commentator on the non-profit sector, urban issues, and retail businesses. 

Naheed was elected Mayor of the City of Calgary on October 18, 2010.