Farhaan Ladhani is the CEO of Digital Public Square and Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. For nearly 20 years, he has been leading efforts on the use of digital tools to connect and mobilize people online. With nearly a decade of public service from Canada’s former International Development Agency, to serving as the Prime Minister of Canada’s senior advisor for digital, Ladhani has a record of generating real-world outcomes, winning awards for a number of first-in-kind initiatives.
While at Global Affairs Canada, Ladhani’s foreign assignments included the Head of Section for Strategic Communications in Kandahar where he led a team of Afghan, US, Canadian, and international partners responsible for executing strategic communications and public engagement initiatives throughout Kandahar Province. From 2006 to 2008, Ladhani was based in Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of Canada where he focused on the development of social and new media initiatives. He was instrumental in leading the Canadian government’s contributions to the inaugural Global Dialogue on the Future of Iran in 2013, reaching over 5 million Iranians in an unprecedented exercise of their freedom of expression, facilitated through the strategic combination of digital tools and the development of custom digital platforms.
Updated July 2023