Aleem is the Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he was Chief Innovation Advisor within the Leadership, Learning, and Innovation Vice Presidency at the World Bank Group. He oversaw a portfolio of programs related to Big Data/Analytics for Development, Innovations in Finance for base of the pyramid (BoP) clients, and youth engagement, inclusion and peacebuilding with a focus on the Muslim world. As Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs, Aleem led initiatives that leverage open data, mapping and information technology to improve service delivery to the poor. He supervised the Development Marketplace program, which provides finance, advisory services, and policy support to social businesses and social enterprises serving BoP clients in South Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East.
Aleem previously served as a Head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org, with a focus on eastern Africa. He led efforts related to increasing transparency and accountability in government and supporting the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa.
Aleem was also the first CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria. He is a graduate of Emory University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.