Farhaan Ladhani

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Director, Digital Public Square



Biography

Farhaan Ladhani is Director of the Digital Public Square, and CEO and Co-Founder of Betterplace. For over a decade, Farhaan has been leading efforts on the use of digital tools to connect people. From 2014-2015 he served as the Senior Advisor for Digital in the Office of the Prime Minister. Prior to this, Farhaan was the Deputy Director for Direct Diplomacy at Global Affairs Canada – an initiative focused on engaging with non-state political actors seeking to increase the openness, inclusiveness and responsiveness of their political systems.

Mr. Ladhani’s foreign assignments include the Head of Section for Strategic Communications in Kandahar where he lead 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, Farhaan was based in Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of Canada where he focused on the development of social and new media initiatives.

In 2011, Farhaan was a Principal at Cloud to Street, a project to connect Egyptian democracy activists with technology expertise and to better understand the intersection between cyberspace and political space in the Egyptian revolution.



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