Kofi Hope and Zahra Ebrahim appointed as new Adjunct Professors

We are pleased to announce that Kofi Hope and Zahra Ebrahim have been appointed as Adjunct Professors to the Department through 2022.

This summer, Kofi and Zahra will offer an independent study course for planning students where they aim to mentor students on turning their ideas for  helping cities recover equitably from COVID-19 into projects, non-profits, or social businesses.

Zahra Ebrahim is a public interest designer and strategist, focused on shifting power to people who are typically underrepresented in institutions and systems. Her work has focused on deep, community-led approaches to policy, infrastructure, and service design. She is the Co-Founder of Monumental, an organization focused on supporting organizations’ work towards an Equitable Recovery from COVID-19. She is an Executive Advisor to Deloitte on Cities and Design, and a senior advisor to political and public interest initiatives across the country. Zahra has taught at OCADU, MoMA, and currently teaches at the University of Toronto Scarborough.  She was recently named Next City’s Vanguard “40 under 40 Civic Leader”, Ascend Canada’s Mentor of the Year, one of “Tomorrow’s Titans” in Toronto Life, and one of WXN’s Top 100 Women in Canadian Business.  

Kofi Hope is a Rhodes Scholar and has a Doctorate in Politics from Oxford University.  He is the Senior Policy Advisor at the Wellesley Institute and the co-founder of Monumental, a new start-up focused on supporting organizations working towards an equitable recovery from COVID-19. He is an emeritus Bousfield Scholar and current adjunct professor at U of T’s Program in Planning. He was founder and former Executive Director of the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals. In 2017 he was winner of the Jane Jacobs Prize and in 2018 a Rising Star in Toronto Life’s Power List.