Munawar Ahmed is a design and technology consultant. Over the last 18 years, Munawar has helped her clients create forward-thinking digital strategies and build brilliantly productive, healthy teams. Clients range from megacorps to non-profits, including Volkswagen, Verizon, Starbucks, Time Magazine, and Planned Parenthood. Munawar runs a tight ship and has zero tolerance for poor design, convoluted architecture, sloppy documentation, or dead weight. On any given project, she is deeply involved from inception to release, and has been described as the unrelenting force that holds the entire project and its people together. Munawar graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Cognitive Science, from USC with an M.S.Ed in Curriculum and Instructional Design, and from Columbia University with professional certification in Systems Analysis and Software Engineering. She currently teaches Leadership, Ethics, and Professional Practice in the MFA program for Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). She lives in New York City with her husband and two children, and enjoys lots of time upstate in beautiful Wassaic.