Aakif Ahmad is Managing Director of Akazia Consulting, which provides hands on sales acceleration and growth strategies support to founder-owned businesses striving toward their next phase of growth; Akazia also works with nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their growth objectives. Aakif is Co-Founder of Convergence, a nationally recognized 501c3 organization which works with leading stakeholders to create breakthroughs on the most difficult challenges facing the United States by bridging sustainable cooperation among adversaries between the public, private and nonprofit sectors. From 1996 to 2008, Mr. Ahmad served at the Corporate Executive Board (now CEB Global) where he was Managing Director and led sales & marketing teams that collectively generated over $100M in revenue and more than 4,000 new clients. Mr. Ahmad has spoken at many venues including TEDx, Brookings and the League of Women Voters. Mr. Ahmad earned a B.A. from Yale University in Ethics, Politics and Economics, and M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management.