Bijan Ahmadi, Executive Director
Bijan Ahmadi is the executive director and founding member of the Institute For Peace & Diplomacy (IPD), a Canadian non-partisan think-tank specializing in international affairs. He established IPD with the goal of promoting diverse and evidence-based ideas that support vigorous diplomacy, constructive engagement, and interest-based thinking in Canadian foreign policy.
Bijan has been interviewed and referenced by major media outlets (CBC, The Star, Globe and Mail, iPolitics, Radio Canada, CTV News, Al-Monitor, BBC Persian,…) and he has published his views and analyses in The Hill, The National Interest, The Hill Times, The Huffington Post, Atlantic Council and Toronto Star. In 2017, he testified as an expert before the Canadian Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, sharing his insights on Canada’s policy towards the Middle East, Iran, and JCPOA.
Bijan is the lead organizer of IPD’s East Asia Strategy Forum (EASF), the organization’s flagship annual conference in Ottawa that fosters the exchange of knowledge and actionable policy recommendations on geopolitical and geo-economic developments in East Asia, and Canada’s foreign policy and defence approach to the region.
Bijan holds an MA in Global Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London and a Master of Applied Science from the University of Toronto. He has previously served on the executive boards of several Canadian NGOs, including the Toronto branch of the Canadian International Council.