T.O.'s most inspiring women of 2017: Aisha Ahmad

A look at 12 incredible Toronto women who inspired us, provoked us, educated us and otherwise made us proud in 2017


Published:

Ahmad grew up on St. Clair Avenue West

Image: Emily Agard

As 2017 comes to a close, we are honouring Toronto's most inspirational women of the year. Take a look at our 12-part series highlighting the changemakers who are pushing for women's rights, exposing the inequalities in our city, achieving excellence in what they do and giving back through advocacy, activism, philanthropy and more. 

The professor: Aisha Ahmad

When it comes to inspiration, Aisha Ahmad packs a punch. I have followed her career for over a decade, and she never ceases to amaze me. She is a rising star professor at the University of Toronto, an expert in her field and an avid boxer with elite training, who is also a force of nature who has a transformational impact on those who cross her path. 

As an expert in international security, Ahmad leads a global research team that is mapping the financial drivers of conflict in wartorn countries, from the deserts of northern Mali to the ravaged cities of Iraq. Her new book, Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power, based on her extensive fieldwork in some of the toughest war zones on the planet, is creating buzz around the world and opening up new avenues for peace. 

As the director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative at the Munk School, Ahmad regularly brings diverse teams of experts together to address critical social and political issues, such as Islamophobia, terrorism and security policies and sexual diversity in Muslim communities. As an intersectional feminist woman of colour, Ahmad’s leadership at the University of Toronto smashes stereotypes. Her voice is an essential response to both Islamophobic and patriarchal narratives that silence and exclude Muslim women. 

As a mentor, Ahmad motivates her students to push boundaries, challenge conventional wisdom, seek facts and develop informed opinions. Her passion for her work is infectious and it drives her students. As an intellectual leader, Ahmad channels her fighting spirit into educating, enlightening and inspiring others in the classroom, the community and the world.

Next on the list: Lido Pimienta by Kinnie Starr

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

A massive pop-up park is coming to Yonge and Bloor

A massive pop-up park is coming to Yonge and Bloor

The intersection will be car free and green for four hours this weekend.
Posted 2 days ago
Condo of the week: A $4.28 mil suite with a wine cellar and gym in the Annex

Condo of the week: A $4.28 mil suite with a wine cellar and gym in the Annex

There's 900 bottles of wine on the wall and a charming terrace.
Posted 3 days ago
The male, pale and stale Toronto city council

The male, pale and stale Toronto city council

A lack of diversity could be why the big issues just aren’t being addressed.
Posted 1 week ago
Introducing the world of sex technology in Toronto

Introducing the world of sex technology in Toronto

Many local and GTA-based companies are at the forefront of this emerging industry.
Posted 2 weeks ago
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module