Fellow – Dr. Wasif Syed — Founder and CEO, Ivy League Advisor

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Dr. Wasif Syed is the Founder and CEO of Ivy League Advisor, LLC (www.ivyleagueadvisor.com), headquartered in Washington, D.C. Ivy League Advisor, is an educational and leadership strategy consulting firm specializing in innovative human capital development. Ivy League Advisor unlocks human potential through innovative platforms. Wasif is an avid proponent of youth engagement, innovation, entrepreneurship and diplomacy. Huffington Post named Wasif one of “5 People Inspiring Peace” globally. Wasif is passionate about youth empowerment through innovation. He has created the proprietary Innovative Leadership ProgramTM that mentors students, young professionals and managers around the world in different ecosystems developing their leadership skills, self-confidence and brand equity enabling them to achieve their educational and career objectives. His clients have had enormous success in discovering themselves to reach the utmost of their potential and having social impact globally. They have been accepted to top universities for undergraduate and graduate studies, advanced their careers and gained international recognition.

Wasif is a much sought after speaker globally on education, innovation, innovative leadership, college and graduate admissions, career development, entrepreneurship, global engagement, Middle East affairs, foreign policy, public speaking, cross-cultural communication and business development. He has spoken at the United Nations, and regularly speaks at schools, universities, conferences, organizations, and companies worldwide. He recently completed a global speaking tour in Turkey, the Middle East and China. He is invited to speak annually at the Wharton Innovation Summit in D.C. and also spoke at the World Merit Day in the UK alongside Malala, Sir Ken Robinson, Katie Piper and Lord Hastings.

Wasif collaborates with the Fortune 500, nonprofits, schools, universities, private sector and governments around the world. He conducts leadership development for McKinsey and is working with the Saudi government to implement a multi-year leadership development program for gifted students.

Previously, Wasif has worked as a Research Petrophysicist in Innovation and R&D at Shell in Houston, TX, and subsequently joined a think tank in Washington, D.C., The RAND Corporation. At RAND, he worked on a range of policy issues including U.S. defense policy, foreign policy, international security, food security, Middle East policy, energy policy, big data, innovation and entrepreneurship. Among the studies he led at RAND included alternative outcomes of the Syrian crisis and implications for U.S. and European policy, socioeconomic drivers of change in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and big data in the Fortune 500 for strategic decision-making. He brings a wealth of experience in a diverse array of areas. He has extensive experience in diplomacy and protocol having engaged with heads of states, ministers, high-level dignitaries, government officials, ambassadors and CEOs. Wasif also advises American and Canadian companies on strategic business development and market penetration, particularly in the Middle East. He has extensive experience in navigating the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East.

Wasif completed his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University. He is an active member of the Cornell alumni community.

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