advocating for the voiceless
Nafeez Ahmed is a prolific public speaker. He speaks and consults for a range of academic, nonprofit and private entities on major world trends, systemic risks, and adapting to uncertain futures, in a global context of deepening state repression and economic injustice.
Diverse venues where he has keynoted include the Secret Garden Party; the Elevate Festival; the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Logan Symposium; the Global Investigative Journalism Conference; the AGM of the International Security Management Association (representing the chief security officers of the world’s top global companies); Ubisoft’s New York launch of ‘The Division’; Barclays Wealth; the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Conference at the Point of Peace Summit in Stavanger; the Biodiversity Funders Group (the top forum for environmental foundations whose members include the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation); the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst’s Muslim Engagement Academic Symposium; the All-Parliamentary Group on Third World Solidarity; the Green Party Conference; C-Span’s Book TV; the Perdana Global Peace Forum at the invitation of former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mohammed Mahathir; and the US Congressional briefing, ‘The 9/11 Commission Report One Year Later’.
He has also delivered keynote academic lectures and seminars at institutions such as the University of Helsinki (on ‘How environmental crisis can trigger political conflicts’); the University of Tampere’s Faculty of Communication Sciences (on the ‘Future of climate journalism in an era of systemic change’); the Transnational Institute Fellows Meeting (on ‘Activism and repression in the age of transnational surveillance’); UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture; the Crisis Forum (on ‘Avoiding climate change: what is to be done?’); the LGIR/CASEP Research Seminar Series at London Metropolitan University; the LSE Global Governance Research Seminar Series; the University of Cambridge’s Contextualising Islam in Britain II symposium; the IR Theory and Middle Eastern Geopolitics Panel at the British Middle East Studies Association (BRISMES) Annual Conference; the Joint Centre for Intelligence & Security Studies at Brunel University; the London in a Time of Terror conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) Working Group CRIPT (Contemporary Research in International Relations Theory); Kingston University’s Visiting Speaker Programme for the MA in International Conflict and Human Rights; the Cambridge International Studies Association; Indiana University’s Making War, Making Peace Themester; among numerous others.