Co-Founder & Chairman

Alexander Ahmar Mirza is the Co-Founder & Chairman of Global Security Innovation Council

He was raised in Toronto, Canada where he was awarded the Mayors’ Volunteer Creed for his work integrating new Muslim immigrant communities. He is now based in Los Angeles and is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.

Mirza has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was the recipient of the McArthur Fellowship. Prior to Harvard, he completed a Masters and First Class Honors Degree at Queen’s University in Canada, focusing his research on managing ethnic, inter communal and religious conflicts in the post Cold War era. While at Queen’s he was an Aga Khan Foundation Scholar in economic development and founder and President of QIAA, one of the largest student organizations addressing international security issues.

Beginning his career in management consulting firms, Mirza advised foreign ministers and heads of state in developing countries in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East as well as the World Economic Forum. During his tenure at leading consulting firms he also advised CEOs of Fortune 500 companies in consumer internet, entertainment, oil and gas and financial services.

He also has over 20 years of professional experience in travel and hospitality including senior management stints at Accenture as a Partner in the Travel practice and on the senior operating team of Hilton Worldwide.