Zahra Ebrahim

Zahra Ebrahim

Executive Advisor, Citybuilder, Educator

Zahra Ebrahim is a city builder and designer interested in shifting power from some to many, using design to build equity, and engaging citizens in the design of services, policies and infrastructure. She is an Executive Advisor to Deloitte on Cities, Design and Governance, and a senior advisor to political and public interest initiatives across the country. Zahra has led organizations across the private and social sectors, all focused on engaging diverse sets of stakeholders to co-create solutions to complex organizational and industry challenges, and working with communities to co-design towards better social outcomes. 


Through her work, she has led some of Canada’s most ambitious participatory infrastructure and policy programs. Zahra has taught at OCADU, MoMA, and currently teaches at UofT. She has served on the boards of Jane’s Walk, St. Stephen’s Community House, Toronto Biennial, and the Canadian Urban Institute, and is currently the chair of the board of Park People. She serves as an advisor for a range of organizations including Toronto Public Library, Progress Toronto, and Code for Canada. She was recently named Next City’s Vanguard “40 under 40 Civic Leader”, Ascend Canada’s Mentor of the Year, and one of WXN’s Top 100 Women in Canadian Business.

In unrelated news, Zahra is the chair of Jane’s Walk, a movement of citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs.



Zahra speaks extensively on engaging design, creativity and play for impact. Hear her speak on topics including:

Community and Conversation

Creative Citybuilding

Design for Social Impact

Creativity / Health / STEM / Women / Women in Business
Melissa Sariffodeen
Business Strategy / Creativity / Education / Entrepreneurship / Innovation / STEM / Tech / Women in Business
Hosts / Leadership / Motivators / Olympic Heroes / Women in Business