Zack Ahmed

Master of International Public Policy, 2021

Zack Ahmed has earned a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honors) with a specialization in Practice in International Development, a minor degree in Public Policy and Administration, and a Diploma in Environmental Assessment, all from the University of Waterloo. He has a strong interest in understanding the global governance of contemporary challenges such as human security, migration, food security, and climate change. His education has provided him with interdisciplinary knowledge and a multidimensional approach to development issues. Zack’s experience working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors has given him practical, firsthand knowledge of the diverse global challenges and the potential for locally developed solutions to build resilience.

Zack possesses a wealth of international experience, having lived and worked in Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Canada. This has given him a unique perspective on the world and an understanding of the diverse cultural, social, political, and economic differences that exist between these countries. He is culturally competent and has the ability to work effectively in diverse environments. Additionally, Zack is actively involved in the local communities in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and is dedicated to making a positive impact. These experiences have motivated him to pursue a Master’s degree in International Public Policy (MIPP) at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. The program will allow him to transition from a more conceptual learning experience during his undergraduate studies to more empirical learning, deepening his understanding of international development and public policies. The MIPP program and the practical research methods he will learn, will enable him to pursue a doctoral program, with the ultimate goal of contributing to evidence-based policymaking.


  • Laurier’s Graduate Scholarship, 2020-2021
  • University of Waterloo’s Dean List, 2016-2020
  • St Paul’s University Colleges’ Alex Foto Memorial Award, 2020
  • Scotiabank International Development Placement Award, 2020
  • University of Waterloo’s Barkat Ali Community Service Award, 2020


  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honors), Practice Specialization in International Development, University of Waterloo, 2020
  • Minor Degree in Public Policy and Administration (PPA), University of Waterloo, 2020
  • Diploma in Environmental Assessment (EA), University of Waterloo, 2020
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