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Farah Mohamed

Social Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of G(irls)20

A social profit entrepreneur, Farah Mohamed created G(irls)20 and now serves as its CEO. G(irls)20 galvanizes the world’s greatest resource – girls and women – and cultivates a new generation of leaders through education, entrepreneurship and global experiences. G(irls)20 also provides advice to G20 Leaders on how to economically engage girls and women to reach growth targets.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Leadership at the International Level
Magna heiress and former Cabinet Minister, Belinda Stronach recruited Farah to establish The Belinda Stronach Foundation (TBSF). Under Farah’s leadership, TBSF created and launched the Foundation’s flagship programs including One Laptop Per Child for Aboriginal Youth. She also oversaw the Foundation’s work in Liberia with President Johnson Sirleaf and a $1M humanitarian relief effort in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Social Entrepreneurship
In this presentation, Farah challenges audiences to make a paradigm shift. Social Entrepreneurship is shoving the traditional philanthropic approach to the side. No longer seen as a ‘third sector’ Farah will shed light what it is, the different models organizations use, as well as taking a look at how it changes what businesses are currently doing.

Investing in Girls & Women
Why do we do it? How do we do it? Pulling examples from her work with G(irls)20, she shows the economic imperative for organizations to cultivate a new generation of leaders through entrepreneurship and education with opportunity. G(irls)20 is designed G20 style, this internationally active organization brings together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region. The program involves skills building (entrepreneurship, business planning, communications, technology navigation, leadership, etc.), concluding in a global Summit that generates ideas that are presented to G20 Leaders, global mentorships and the creation of delegate led initiatives.

Awards

2015
Salt | 100 Inspiring Women

2014
BBC’s 100 Women
Canada’s Top 25 Immigrant
Women of Influence | Top 25 Most Influential Women in Canada

2013
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

2012
Women of Influence | Top 25 Most Influential Women in Canada
Canadian Diversity Champion

  • Amazing to listen to your candid, honest approach to business and life. You were a standout speaker in a brilliant day. I am raising and empowering 2 beautiful daughters everyday and thank you for the opportunities you are creating for young girls and women worldwide.

    - We Day Winnipeg Attendee
  • Farah Mohamed delivers her remarkable journey to her audience with enthusiasm, humour and insight. Her audience is energized and encouraged by her presentation which is well researched, well delivered and well received. She connects the dots in a convincing manner.

    - Honourable Paddy Torsney, Permanent Observer, IPU to the United Nations
  • Farah is a renowned leader and global advocate for women and girls. She is a compelling storyteller and presenter with powerful stories of humanity and change from around the world. Farah is one of Canada's most prized exports!

    - CEO, Foundation for Young Australians

Summary Profile

G(irls)20 is a globally active social enterprise that cultivates a new generation of female leaders through education, entrepreneurship and global experiences and provides advice to G20 Leaders on how to increase female labour force participation as it is key to economic growth.

As Founder & CEO of G(irls)20, Farah Mohamed designed the organization G20 style; this internationally active organization brings together one delegate girl from each G20 country, plus a representative of the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region. The program involves skills building (entrepreneurship, business planning, communications, technology navigation, leadership, etc.), concluding in a global Summit that generates ideas that are presented to the G20 Leaders, global mentorships and the creation of delegate led initiatives.

Farah is a compelling storyteller and presenter who shares powerful stories of humanity and change from around the world. She has a relaxed presentation style which puts audiences instantly at ease with her down-to-earth pragmatism and relatable storytelling style. Through compelling personal experience and lessons-learned, Farah inspires audiences to cultivate a better future by empowering young people. Her well-researched presentations frame data in a way that brings numbers to life. She connects the dots in a convincing manner.

Farah is passionate about working with young people to empower them at a crucial time in their development. She saw the need to change the way we engage both women and men and acted on it. She works tirelessly to engage the private sector and government leaders in a way that makes economic sense: to place girls and women at the heart of the economic decision making and yield the benefits in doing so.

Of Indian heritage, Farah was born and raised in Uganda before her family was uprooted and sought refuge in Canada. Her upbringing instilled her with a strong work ethic and keen sense of curiosity, which eventually culminated in her working in politics. For 10 years, Farah worked closely with some of Canada’s most senior politicians including Paddy Torsney and Anne McLellan. Post politics, Farah served as Vice President, Public Affairs and Community Engagement for VON Canada where she was successful in building government and private sector partnerships.

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