Hafsa Ahmed

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Optimistic Futurist

Dr Hafsa Ahmed, MNZM, can trace her origins to Hyderabad, India, and her journey brought her to Aotearoa, New Zealand, in 2007. Hafsa likes to identify herself as "The Optimistic Futurist" because she believes we can all make the right choices for a better tomorrow. She has devoted her efforts to implementing initiatives aligned with her “why” of contributing towards enhancing lives and inspiring others to do the same so that together, we can create thriving communities. She is Lady Khadija Charitable Trust's co-founder, a Lincoln University lecturer and the founding Director of Unquiet.

As an applied researcher at Lincoln University, she specialises in exploring the multifaceted realm of stakeholder ecosystem relationships, with a central aim of fostering distributive societies. She also leverages her expertise as a leadership guide and futurist to help individuals in navigating their life narratives to craft a purposeful personal future. Her diverse skill set includes offering futures foresight planning, change management and stakeholder engagement advice to organisations and communities.

She currently serves on the boards of various not-for-profit organisations. In January 2023, Hafsa’s contributions to the community were recognised with her appointment as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for impactful service to ethnic communities in New Zealand.

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