Usmaan Ahmad is a Senior Consultant with CMPartners, where he provides analytic, strategy and capacity building assistance in the areas of innovation, negotiation, adaptive leadership, strategic communication, conflict stabilization, peacebuilding and international development. He plays a key role in CMPartners’ consortium efforts to provide global conflict stabilization, peace process, and crisis response assistance. Mr. Ahmad focuses on supporting clients through processes of creative problem solving and guiding projects and initiatives through the lens of design thinking. In his private sector practice, Mr. Ahmad advises, trains, facilitates and coaches leaders facing high stakes business transactions and transformations.
Mr. Ahmad’s public sector practice includes contributing front-end analysis and “on-call” strategic support, assessing political developments, engaging stakeholders and designing conflict stabilization and peacebuilding strategies for various conflict-affected countries. He recently led a rapid response initiative exploring opportunities to support the UN-led peace process in Yemen. He has also served on rapid response teams focused on crises in the Middle East and North Africa and South America.
Mr. Ahmad’s research and innovation practice centers on catalyzing new connections, alliances, strategies, capacities and tools to unleash synergies at the intersection of the public, private and social sectors to address complex crises and global challenges. He has a special interest in the convergence of technology and storytelling and developing campaigns and tools to inspire change, promote peace and strengthen democracy.
Mr. Ahmad has over 15 years of experience providing consulting services to and designing and implementing negotiation, conflict management, development and peacebuilding programs for private and public sector organizations. He is an expert in social entrepreneurship and has years of experience leading on-the-ground analysis and integrated programming to understand and address the causes and consequences of conflict and instability in critical areas of the world.
Before CMPartners, Mr. Ahmad worked as a Program Manager for The Bridgeway Group, where he designed and led initiatives to support dialogue and promote conflict transformation in South Asia. Earlier he worked in international relief and development with Mercy Corps in South and Central Asia. Mr. Ahmad led the research and development of the agency’s regional strategy to invest in youth engagement and development programming in Afghanistan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. For more than seven years, Mr. Ahmad was based in the Kashmir Valley where he initiated and oversaw a large-scale, multi-sector development portfolio. In 2005, Mr. Ahmad spearheaded an independent international relief operation in response to the October 8th Kashmir earthquake. This included teaming up with members of The North Face Athlete Team to lead a relief expedition to remote, high altitude villages in the Himalayan region to provide humanitarian assistance and raise international awareness.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Ahmad worked on various conflict management projects and initiatives with organizations such as the Conflict Management Group (CMG) in Cambridge and The Carter Center.
He is a member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) and also the Adaptive Leadership Network (ALN), which seeks to advance the framework and teaching methods for leadership developed at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Mr. Ahmad received his BA in Archaeology and Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, where he also pursued studies in Political Science. He received his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.