Ziad Ahmed is an 20-year-old rising junior at Yale University. He is an unapologetic American-Muslim-Bangladeshi student activist, entrepreneur, and speaker.
Ziad founded a teen organization, redefy, committed to furthering equality in 2013. Redefy has grown immensely with hundreds of students internationally on the team, over 3,000 likes on Facebook, and over 100,000 hits on redefy.org. Through Redefy, Ziad has been recognized as a 2017 Global Teen Leader, a High School Trailblazer by MTV, a Top 15 Young Prodigy Changing the World by Business Insider, a Diana Award Winner, and a recipient of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.
Ziad has also done significant work in progressive politics -- working for the US Department of State, Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign, Martin O'Malley's 2016 Campaign, and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in various capacities. Currently, he also serves as a Digital Intern for at the SOZE Agency, working on Yara Shahidi's EighteenX18 campaign to encourage young people to get more civically engaged.
As an entrepreneur, Ziad has co-founded JÜV Consulting Inc., which is a Generation Z marketing consultancy. He serves as CEO of the company -- growing the company to empower Generation Z with the opportunity to communicate directly with businesses about what exactly appeals to youth.
Additionally, he has given four TEDxTalks, has spoken at forums such as the Council on Foreign Relations, has written for publications such as Teen Vogue, and serves on boards such as the Marketing Advisory Board for DoSomething.org.
He has even been personally commended by President Barack Obama, and has had the honor of being invited to the White House three times.
Overwhelmingly though, Ziad is just your average teenager grappling with identity, struggling to balance it all, pursuing his passions, and spending way too much time on twitter.