Saybrook University Appoints Fifth Presidential Fellow

Ahmad Mansur

Ahmad Mansur

I am pleased to announce the appointment of our fifth Presidential Fellow, Mr. Ahmad Mansur of Oakland, California.

Ahmad is a strategist, educator, entrepreneur and a thought leader on the talent economy. He helps leaders learn deeply about complex global challenges and big shifts impacting their organization, region and community, and offer leadership solutions to adapt for change.

Ahmad splits his time between two enterprises. He is the co-founding partner of the Urban Economy Group, a global consulting and venture firm that focuses on innovation and growth sector opportunities in cities and communities.

And recently, he formed Consilient Education, a development company that builds innovative brands for adult lifelong learners to access training through online courses, catalyst events, media channels and high-impact learning experiences

A sought-after speaker, Ahmad shares his insights on a broad range of topics with audiences worldwide through keynotes, panel discussions, and executive sessions at premiere events like Swissnex “Future of Leadership” conference, US Congressional Panel on Biotechnology and Jobs and the ILA London conference.

Ahmad also pens for various media platforms, authors deep futures research, and explores transformational perspectives at his blogmag – – on leadership challenges at the intersection of innovation, society and globality.

Ahmad draws on his in-depth knowledge from previous experiences as an Aspen Institute fellow, a college Dean in workforce education, a senior associate at a international research firm, an advisor to government ministries and – yes – even as a program director of an interactive media arts center.

Ahmad earned is BS in social sciences from Long Beach State University, a Master’s in Strategic Leadership from St. Mary’s College, a Master of Education in Adult Learning from San Francisco State and graduate certificate in Adaptive Leadership from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Ahmad enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, drinking Bulletproof Coffee and cool hunting for things less known.

For more, please visit his website at