EMBA Impact

Ahmad Thomas, WG’18

Wharton Campus: San Francisco

See how Ahmad’s career changed with an executive MBA from Wharton.


Director at Barclays Investment Bank


CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Based In

Menlo Park, CA

Prior Education

— The London School of Economics, Master’s degree in Public Policy and Philosophy
— Cornell University, BS

Before Wharton

After spending a decade as a vice president at Barclays, Ahmad was looking for a way to tie together his background in investment banking and the public sector to further drive impact for infrastructure finance. His passion for the public sector stemmed from his time as a legislative aid to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.


During his time at Wharton, Ahmad participated in a Wharton Leadership Venture Expedition in Alaska. These outdoor, experiential treks, run by the Wharton McNulty Leadership Program, provide environments of uncertainty and challenge where leadership learning happens. These ventures are signature co-curricular Wharton experiences.

After Wharton

After graduation, Ahmad left Barclays and was appointed to CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), a business organization of hundreds of Silicon Valley’s most dynamic companies working to shape the innovation economy of California and the nation. In addition to his role as CEO, Ahmad serves on various boards, supporting non-profits and an infrastructure fund, and he volunteers time in advisory roles at several start-up companies. As an investor he is focused on impact-oriented technology ventures and helping founders of color access capital.

Ahmad spoke to Dr. Anthony Facui during the SVLG’s Annual Forum.

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