Dr. Aqeel Tirmizi is a Professor of Leadership, Management, and Service at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. His teaching and research focus on leadership, employee and organizational well-being, and social entrepreneurship. Previously, Aqeel held a professorship with the School for International Training (SIT) where he taught advanced graduate courses focusing on leadership and change, organization development, NGO management, and social entrepreneurship. His leadership practice included chairing/directing SIT’s graduate programs in management and co-directing the Ford Foundation’s IFP Leadership for Social Justice Initiative. Prior to that, Aqeel held a faculty position with the Suleman Dawood School of Business at LUMS where he taught in their MBA program. In addition, he directed and facilitated a series of executive programs for the Rausing Executive Center, focusing on leadership development, team building, and general management.
Aqeel’s consulting and training areas include facilitation, strategic planning, leadership development, management of change and organization development. His consulting assignments have included work with transnational and national organizations across multiple sectors. Examples of these engagements include ChildFund International, Microsoft Corporation, Siegel Family Endowment, CARE USA, Eisenhower Fellows Program, Women for Women International, Oxfam America, Canadian International Development Agency, Heifer International, Ford Foundation, BRAC, State Bank of Pakistan, Descon Engineering, and Aga Khan Rural Support Program. His advisory work for Ford the Foundation International Fellowship Program included assignments with Birmingham University, British Council, The Institute of Social Studies, and Kontakt der Kontinenten.
In 2013, Aqeel was selected in the CSC Leaders program for his contributions to the profession. The program recognizes and brings together leaders from multiple sectors through collaboration between HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (Commonwealth Study Conferences) and Common Purpose – United Kingdom. Aqeel’s current work focuses on integrating research wisdom to meaningfully inform leadership and organizational practices and contribute to improving human condition.