Farah Mohamed

2015 to 2020

A social profit entrepreneur, she created G(irls)20 and now serves as its CEO.

A social profit 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 leaders through education, entrepreneurship and global experiences. G(irls)20 provides advice on female labour force participation to the G20 and Business20.

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

Domestic Volunteer Endeavours: Vice President, Board of Governors, Canadian Club of Toronto;  Member of the Board, Harbour Front Centre and Hope Live; past Board Member for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Science Centre; past Member of the Executive Committee for the Brazilian Ball 2010 and Maharaja Ball 2010.

Speaking Engagements: Leadership at the International Level (IPU at the UN, New York), Economic Freedom (Melbourne Writers Festival, Australia) Maximizing Philanthropy (Australia), 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), Financial Inclusion and Education (Russia) and Scalable Ideas – Pitching for Partnerships (New York).

Ms. Mohamed was the inaugural President of The Belinda Stronach Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation created and launched the Foundation’s flagship program including One Laptop Per Child for Aboriginal Youth. 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, she worked closely with some of Canada’s most senior politicians. Farah began her political career in 1995 with The Honourable Paddy Torsney who served as Chair of the House of Commons Justice Committee and then Junior Cabinet Minister on the Environment. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Mohamed 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 

Ms. Mohamed holds a 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. 

Of Indian heritage, Farah was 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. She resides in Toronto.


  • May 25, 2018
    Congratulations to Board director Farah Mohamed for making the Apolitical 2018 Gender Equality Top 100! Mohamed’s work as the Malala Fund CEO has channeled resources and policy change towards girls’ education in Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and countries hosting Syrian refugees.