Zulfiqar Ahmad is an independent scholar and activist based in New Delhi, India, and Karachi, Pakistan, and works primarily on issues of peace and justice in South Asia. Since moving to South Asia from the United States in 2012, he has been studying the role of religion, violence, and globalization in shaping politics in post-colonial societies. The primary question is whether contemporary politics in post-colonial societies can offer new ideas on governance and, critically, what constitutes development--a rethinking that, in his view, is essential if we are to avoid large-scale environmental disasters and much human suffering.
Ahmad has a strong interest in issues of women's rights and empowerment. He has also been an occasional commentator on literary and cultural issues related to South Asia.
Ahmad has worked in both the private and nonprofit sectors in the United States and Pakistan. He directed the South Asia program at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability in Berkeley, California. He was also the president of the Eqbal Ahmad Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, a private organization working primarily on issues of security and peace in South Asia. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and holds a master's degree in comparative politics from the University of Chicago.