Usmaan Ahmad


Program Manager, South Asia


Usmaan Ahmad is an international conflict management specialist and development practitioner with years of hands-on experience leading on-the-ground analysis and integrated programming to understand and address the causes and consequences of conflict in some of the most complex regions of the world. With more than 15 years of project management and implementation experience, Usmaan is skilled in providing strategic analysis, process assistance and training in the areas of negotiation, conflict management and leadership.

Between 2013 and 2015, Usmaan was the Program Manager, South Asia for The Bridgeway Group. He led the design, development and implementation of efforts to support dialogue and promote conflict transformation in South Asia.

Prior to The Bridgeway Group, Usmaan spent 7 years working for Mercy Corps, an international development agency that provides communities in the world's toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. He has led path-breaking development work in fragile and conflict-affected contexts, including extensive diagnostic research, program design and strategy development focused on integrated approaches to promoting youth development, economic development, and grassroots conflict transformation. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw the implementation of a range of high-impact development initiatives that sought to advance peace and catalyze community-led, market-driven development in critical areas of South Asia.

Usmaan has worked on conflict management projects with organizations such as the Conflict Management Group (CMG) and has consulted on the design and implementation of high-impact negotiation, conflict stabilization and peacebuilding projects.

Usmaan’s areas of expertise converge around critical regions of the world, including South and Central Asia and the Middle East. He is an expert on the history, culture and political economy of South Asia, with specialized expertise on regional conflict and development issues as well as national security politics in India and Pakistan.

Usmaan received his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He pursued undergraduate studies in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also earned his BA in Archaeology and Biology.