Naqib Azad leaves legacy of social entrepreneurship

June 06, 2016

By Ross MacDonald-Allan

Bachelor of business administration graduate Naqib Azad leaves SFU with a legacy of empowering students to benefit society through social entrepreneurship.

Upon arriving at SFU’s Beedie School of Business from his hometown of Nakuru, Kenya, Azad quickly set his sights on using his academic experience to help others.

By the time he reached his second year, he had founded Social Entrepreneurship SFU, a business club that trained students to use their knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to benefit the community.

As president, he was responsible for organizing the club’s signature event, the Social Innovation Case Competition (SICC), an undergraduate case competition that addressed pressing social issues.

“Founding Social Entrepreneurship SFU was one of the most fulfilling experiences I could have as a student,” says Azad.

“In addition to the good work we did for communities, participation in the club was a great way to build networks and foster long-term relationships.”

As an international student, Azad was acutely aware of society’s pressing need for students to learn about social entrepreneurship.

“Coming from Kenya I have witnessed a lot of social issues that are common to many developing countries: poverty, famine, drought and health-related issues that adversely impact communities,” he says.

After experiencing the full gamut of the SFU student experience—and devoting the first half of his studies to social entrepreneurship—Azad is now pursuing a career in finance.

He is studying for a professional qualification in Canadian securities, and will begin a role as a sales associate for an investment advisory firm later this year. 

Despite completely changing his career path, Azad says his experience in social entrepreneurship has been invaluable.

“I would not change a thing about my SFU experience,” he says. “It empowered me to help others and paved the way for a career I am passionate about. What more can you ask for?”