Farah Mohamed

Ms. Farah Mohamed

A social entrepreneur, Farah Mohamed created G(irls)20 and now serves as its CEO. G(irls)20 galvanizes the world’s greatest resource – girls and women – and cultivates a new generation of female leaders through entrepreneurship and education. Designed G20 style, this Canadian based, globally active organization brings together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region. The organization provides skills building (entrepreneurship, business planning, communications, technology navigation, leadership, etc.), a global Summit, global mentorships and the creation of delegate led initiatives.  G(irls)20 is also the driving force behind Fathers Empowering Daughters.

International Volunteer Endeavours: Cherie Blair Mentor for Women in Business 2013, International Election Observer, National Democratic Institute (2012 Egyptian elections Jordan 2013), Co-anchor, The Clinton Global Initiative’s Network on Investing in Girls & Women, Advisor, Virgin Unite Canada (Richard Branson’s foundation), 2011.

Domestic Volunteer Endeavours: Vice President, Board of Directors, Canadian Club of Toronto.  Board Member, The Harbour Front Centre, and Hope Live. Appointed by the Premier of Ontario to serve as Board Member for the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Science Centre (term served). Member of the Executive Committee for the Brazilian Ball 2010 and Maharaja Ball 2010.

Speaking Engagements: The Impact of Empowering Girls & Women in an Emerging Democracy (Sudan), Creating Safe Spaces for Girls (G8/G20 Meeting of Parliamentarians in France), the Empowerment of Girls (Scotland) and Financial Inclusion and Education (Russia); Women & Philanthropy (Australia) and Scalable Ideas – Pitching for Partnerships (New York).

Career Highlights:

Inaugural President of The Belinda Stronach Foundation (TBSF). Under Farah’s leadership, TBSF created and launched the Foundation’s flagship programs. She also oversaw the Foundation’s work in Liberia with President Johnson Sirleaf and a $1M humanitarian relief effort in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

For 10 years, Farah worked closely with some of Canada’s most senior politicians. Farah began her political career in 1995 with The Honourable Paddy Torsney. From 1999 to 2004, Farah served as the Director of Communications for The Honourable Anne McLellan in her role as Minister of Justice, Minister of Health and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.

Post politics, Farah served as Vice President, Public Affairs and Community Engagement for VON Canada. At VON, she was successful in building government and private sector partnerships, as well as strengthening the brand of Canada’s largest, national, non-profit, charitable home and community-care organization

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree at Queens University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in the field of Political Science. 

The Beginning: Indian heritage, born and raised in Uganda until 1972 when Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of Indian Ugandans, giving them 90 days to leave Uganda. Her father, mother and sister sought refuge in Canada. Farah resides in Toronto.

Awards:

  • RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant of the Year, 2014
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013
  • Top 25 Most Influential Women in Canada, Women of Influence, 2012
  • Canadian Diversity Champion, 2012

Game changers:

  • Bellagio Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation, November 2013
  • Summited 19,340 feet up Mount Kilimanjaro, January 19, 2007.