Bijan Ahmadi, Executive Director
Bijan Ahmadi is a foreign policy analyst and the executive director and founding member of the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD), a non-partisan foreign policy think tank operating in Canada and the United States.
As a foreign policy expert, Bijan writes his analysis and hosts expert discussions on U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East with a focus on Iran-US tensions, US-China great power competition and Canadian foreign policy. His analyses on the Middle East have been published by The National Interest, The Hill Times, The Huffington Post and the Atlantic Council.
Bijan has been interviewed and referenced by major media outlets (CBC, Al-Monitor, The Star, Globe and Mail, iPolitics, Radio Canada, CTV News, BBC Persian, Asia Times, Voice of America, …) on U.S.-Iran relations, Iranian politics, and Middle East policy issues. In 2017, he testified as an expert before the Canadian Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding Canada’s policy towards the Middle East, Iran and the JCPOA.
Bijan has also served on the executive board of multiple Canadian NGOs including the Canadian International Council (Toronto branch).
Bijan received his MA in Global Diplomacy at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) at SOAS, University of London. He also completed his Master of Applied Science at the University of Toronto.