Nabeel is an independent researcher specializing in urban policy, data governance, public sector transformation and social entrepreneurship. He is currently a steering committee member of the Toronto Open Smart Cities Forum.
Nabeel recently completed a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University (Urban Planning), where his research examined the implications of smart cities and ‘big data’, with a special interest in the GTHA and Pakistan. At York, he also created and led the Emerging Asian Urbanisms series, and was a Graduate Associate at the City Institute and the York Centre for Asian Research.
Nabeel previously worked for seven years with social enterprises and nonprofits, specializing in community engagement, network weaving, business supports for startups, and social finance. Most of this work has dealt directly with urban challenges, particularly barriers to employment. Some of it has involved working in international development (in Central and South Asia) and environmental sustainability.
Nabeel also completed a Certificate in Public Policy and Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto after a Bachelors in Business Administration (honors) at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan. He is also currently the President and Treasurer of the Board of the Tessellate Institute.