Zahra Ebrahim

April 26, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at The Gladstone Hotel


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Zahra Ebrahim is the Founder and Principal of the design think tank and creative agency, archiTEXT. Born in Kenya, raised in Vancouver, and educated at McGill University in Montreal, she started archiTEXT at 22 years of age as a place to bring together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of architecture and design with social change, to explore the impact of design and creativity on systems change, and to engage the public in a discourse of design and design thinking as a mechanism for creative problem solving.

At 24, Zahra was invited to teach at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in the Think Tank program, getting the next generation of designers asking complex questions of themselves and the world around them. Zahra spent two years serving as Innovator in Residence at Canada’s National Design Museum, the Design Exchange. In recent years she has become increasingly committed to exploring the space where design, creativity, and play engage with systems change, sparking initiatives that create conversation and activate innovation.

Her work has been featured in Luminato, Come Up To My Room, Nuit Blanche, Toronto Design Offsite, TEDxTalks, as well as on CBC, The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. She has been the recipient of several innovation and entrepreneurship awards internationally, most recently as one of the Global Knowledge Partnership’s Top 100 Young Global Social Entrepreneurs.