During his career, Nafeez has held senior leadership roles in a range of organisations, as well as founded his own ventures for social good.
He founded the Institute for Policy Research & Development (IPRD) in 2000 as an independent interdisciplinary volunteer-run think-tank analysing causes and solutions to interconnected global crises. He ran the IPRD as Executive Director until 2013. Through his work at the IPRD, which brought together researchers and academics from a variety of natural and social sciences, he developed the framework for what was eventually called the 'Crisis of Civilization', culminating in the publication of his book A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It (2010), and the accompanying documentary feature film, The Crisis of Civilization. The IPRD's research-base was folded into Nafeez's new journalism venture, INSURGE intelligence, and the original website is now archived at www.iprd.org.uk.
From 2009 to 2010, he was Director of Strategy for Creative Education at Arts Versa, an arts and media consultancy working to build bridges between different ethnic and faith communities. He developed creative educational programmes, events and initiatives with a range of clients and stakeholders including Creative Partnerships, the UK government’s flagship creative learning programme from 2002 to 2011, the UK Department for Communities & Local Government, the US Embassy in London, the Mayor of London, the City of London Police, the Arts Council of England, the Dutch Embassy in London, and the conflict resolution charity, Forward Thinking.
From 2011 to 2013, he was Chief Research Officer at Unitas Communications, a cross-cultural communications agency. More recently, he was Senior Account Director at Unitas from 2016 to 2017. He managed client accounts at Unitas for the United Nations Alliance for Civilizations, the Chairman of Lightsource Renewable Energy, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the League of Arab States, the Said Foundation's Amal Project, the US State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the World Halal Forum, HRH Prince of Wales Mosaic Mentorship Programme, Pakistan’s Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN), among others.
From 2011 to 2013, he was Co-Director of The Concordia Forum, an exclusive global Muslim leaders network, where he helped organise several annual leadership retreats, in particular designing their seminar and workshop components.
In 2016, Nafeez founded and convened Perennial, a nonprofit Western Muslim research collective developing online Islamic theological resources to counter violent, divisive and regressive narratives. Perennial was recently praised as a "leading counter narrative website", which is "well-designed, [has] appropriate content, and [is] easy to navigate" by the Institute for Global Change.
In 2017, he founded PressCoin, a new cryptocurrency for independent media. He ran PressCoin as CEO during its early design and development, through to the launch and completion of its ICO, raising a total of $2.9m from retail sales and private placements.
Currently, Nafeez is founding CEO and editor-in-chief of INSURGE intelligence, a 100% reader-funded investigative journalism venture, which he is working to develop into a global intelligence platform and action network.