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Mayor of Calgary
Naheed Nenshi was sworn in as Calgary's 36th mayor on Oct. 25, 2010. He is a passionate Calgarian, an accomplished business professional, and a community leader. Prior to becoming mayor, he ran a large non-profit, was a trusted advisor to corporate leaders in Canada and the U.S., and literally wrote the book on Canadian cities.
Naheed spent many years at the international business consulting firm, McKinsey & Co., where he advised large telecommunications, banking, retail and oil and gas companies in corporate strategy. After leaving McKinsey, Naheed formed his own business, the Ascend Group, a consultancy that assists public, private, and nonprofit organizations to grow. In this role he designed major policy for the Alberta government, helped create a Canadian strategy for The Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy and worked with the United Nations to determine how global business can help the poorest people on the planet.
His real passion, though, is making cities, especially Calgary, work better. He’s the lead author of "Building Up: Making Canada’s Cities Engines of Growth and Magnets of Development" and has long been putting his ideas to work in Calgary.
He holds a bachelor of commerce degree (with distinction) from the University of Calgary, where he was president of the students’ union, and a masters in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.