Zack Ahmed received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies [Honors] with a Specialization in Practice with the International Development, Minor Degree in Public Policy and Administration, and a Diploma in Environmental Assessment, all from the University of Waterloo. Zack’s academic interest lies in understanding the intersections between globalization, regionalism, governance, human security, migration, and climate change. His undergraduate education has provided him with unique and interdisciplinary knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of development issues through a multidimensional approach. It was through the opportunity of Capstone International Placement in Tanzania that he has gained practical, first-hand knowledge about the challenges, but more importantly, the potential for locally developed solutions to build resilience.
Zack has worked and lived in four countries (Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Canada). This has enabled him to gain a global perspective on different issues that allow him to interpret social differences that manifest themselves in the form of hierarchical privileges and socio-economic classifications. Zack is passionate about social justice and community engagement and is actively connected to local communities in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region. These compelling experiences have led him to pursue Masters in International Public Policy (MIPP) at Balsillie School of International Affairs in order to transition from more conceptual learning provided in his undergraduate experience, to more empirical learning that will deepen his understanding of international development and public policies and allow him to move towards pragmatic research methods.