Zahra Ebrahim

Zahra Ebrahim

Founder and Principal, archiTEXT

Executive Advisor, Doblin

Zahra Ebrahim is the founder and principal of the creative agency, archiTEXT. Born in Kenya, Zahra was raised in Vancouver, and studied in Montreal (McGill). She was 22 when she founded archiTEXT. ArchiTEXT brought together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of architecture and design, with social change. 


Since 2015, she has been part of the Doblin, the largest design-led innovation firm in Canada. As the Executive Advisor, Zahra supports and coaches the Doblin team on service design and human-centred design, values-based leadership, to name a few topics.


Additionally, Zahra is the Toronto Editor of the Community Lover’s Guide to the Universe and Advisor for Architecture for Humanity, Toronto. She works as a volunteer snowboard instructor with the Ontario Track3 Association. She’s served as the Chair of Outreach for the Couchiching Institute of Public Affairs. Also, she has acted as a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group.


Her work has been shown at Luminato, Nuit Blache, TEDxTalks and Come Up To My Room. It has been featured in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and CBC. She has been the recipient of several innovation and entrepreneurship awards internationally. In 2013, she was named to Global Knowledge Partnership’s Top 100 Young Global Social Entrepreneurs.

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. Here 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