Dr. Aqeel Tirmizi has over 25 years of international experience in consulting, teaching, research, and practice focusing on leadership and management. Aqeel is presently a Professor of Leadership, Management, and Service at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. His teaching and advising focus on globally responsible leadership, employee and organizational well-being, social innovation, and social sector leadership. Previously, Aqeel worked 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. Aqeel’s current research focuses on responsible leadership, cross-cultural leadership, well-being, and social innovation.
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, Siegel Family Endowment, CARE USA, Eisenhower Fellows Program, Women for Women International, Oxfam America, Canadian International Development Agency, Heifer International, Ford Foundation, BRAC, Swiss Development Cooperation, State Bank of Pakistan, 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.