Mohammed A. Ahamed

CEO & chief diversity officer

Motto: Connecting Hearts & change organizational culture


Mohammed (Mo) Ahamed is CEO of EDI and leads our firm's diversity practice. He is a global equity, diversity and inclusion practitioner and trainer who oversees EDI’s business strategy and operations. As EDI’s Chief Diversity Officer, his work centers curating inclusive strategies that drive individual and organizational innovation, performance and success. A dynamic keynote speaker and trainer with a zest for equity and commitment to inclusive excellence. He spends most of his time helping partner clients cultivate and sustain inclusive cultures within their organizations. His passion, inclusive leadership style and approach to equity, diversity and inclusion are creating a paradigm shift in how leadership is perceived and practiced in our firm.


As the Chief Diversity Officer,  he works on every search at the firm to ensure all applications, processes and search assignments follow the EDI model(s) for inclusive excellence. A faculty in EDI’s Inclusive Leadership Institute™. He provides consultation and implicit bias and equity training to all our search committees. He also provides inclusive leadership coaching to C-Suite leadership to enhance accountability on these matters. Mohammed’s extensive experience and methodologies has earned him respect and appreciation from partner clients, organizations and the community.


Mohammed appears on several channels both domestic and international to discuss and provide counter narratives to issues confronting equity, diversity and inclusion. He conducts diversity trainings and workshops for small to large audiences in education, non-profit and corporate organizations that focus on building relationships to create a sense of belonging for students, employees, stakeholders and customers. Working with organizations to optimize their human capital through comprehensive client and employee engagement. Has presented and participated at conferences such as the National Partners for Educational Access (NPEA), 100 Black Men of Chicago, and National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE). He is a contributor for several initiatives including the Monroe County YWCA's Racial Equity Program (Person2Person), appearances on NPR to speak about diversity and how it intersects with current socio-political issues. A member of National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and currently serving on committees to support organizations across the country. Mohammed currently serves on the Board of the Venture Jobs Foundation (VJF) as a member and Accountability Director. He also serves on the Board of Conscious Capitalism Rochester.


He previously served as Director of Diversity & Inclusion in the President's Office at Nazareth College where he spearheaded many initiatives including the founding of the first Civil Rights Journey to Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery, Alabama and Memphis, Tennessee. Served on executive committee in spearheading the President's Strategic Plan for Diversity. Led the creation of the President’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Awards (P.E.D.I.A), Sustained Dialogue Series program among others. He collaborated with campus safety in investigating bias and discrimination incidents, advised several student groups, collaborated with faculty and staff departments and facilitated campus-wide diversity trainings.


Prior to Nazareth, he was Assistant Director of Admissions & Multicultural Counselor, Workplace Advisor, and Chaplain at Bucknell University where he co-authored the enrollment strategic plan for multicultural recruitment that led to the enrollment of the most diverse class in the university's history. Co-created and managed the Journey to Bucknell program and Just-One Alumni Initiative. He spent his early career days in Risk Management before venturing into academia. His experience in developing, teaching, and facilitating diversity education programs has earned him the respect and credibility in the field.

Mohammed earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Nazareth College. He holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School and several certifications including a certificate as a Restorative Justice facilitator.


When he is not occupied, he loves to cook (especially trying new recipes), enjoys reading, writing, and most importantly, coaching and playing soccer. With a talent for spotting systemic and structural challenges waiting to be addressed, connect with Mohammed to help your organization attract and develop talented/skilled diverse and inclusive leaders to help drive innovation and achieve your strategic inclusive goals.


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