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Irshaad Ahmad

Head of Institutional Europe

Allianz

Diversity Project Ambassador



I am a Guyanese-born Canadian My Indian and Afghan ancestors emigrated from Gujrat in the middle 1800’s as indentured servants following the abolition of slavery. I lived the first 4 years of my life in Guyana, then 4 in England, 6 in Guyana, the following 30 in Canada, and returned to the UK in 2010.

My parents decided to leave Guyana in the late 1970’s during a period of political unrest, marked by politically motivated murders, including the fatal stabbing of my mathematics teacher, Father Darke, one of the people who gave me my love of the subject.

My schooling  took place largely in the public (state) system of the various countries I lived in, barring three years in a prep school in Guyana just before writing common entrance. I studied applied mathematics and statistics at the University of Toronto and joined Mercer from school with the intention of becoming an actuary but was saved from that fate by the emergence of the investment consulting business in Canada in the early 1990’s.

I have been married to my wife, Fatima, who is also from Guyana, since 1989. We have three children, aged 14, 12 and 10 who were all born in Canada.

 

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