Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior, University of Toronto
Why is Nouman speaking at WorkHuman?
In addition to teaching, Nouman Ashraf works with executives to explore the intersection of leadership, inclusion, and strategy. More specifically, he educates on cultural fluency – what it is, how to develop it, and how it will improve your relationships.
Nouman Ashraf is an assistant professor, teaching stream, within the organizational behavior area at the Rotman School of Management.
He possesses a broad range of professional, academic, and research interests, with a specialized focus on enabling inclusive and innovative practices within teams, organizations, and boards. For the last decade and a half, he has held progressively senior roles at the University of Toronto. He is a recognized thought leader in governance, and has taught thousands of directors in the national Rotman program on Not-for-Profit Governance in partnership with the Institute for Corporate Directors since its inception in 2007.
Winner of numerous teaching awards, Nouman teaches Emancipatory Leadership within the Omnium GEMBA program, Leading Social Innovation with the two- and three-year MBA program, and Leading Across Differences within the Rotman Commerce program.
Nouman has advised numerous clients such as Shopper’s Drugmart, Tory’s, the Canada Pension Plan and Investment Board, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way Toronto, and numerous post-secondary and healthcare institutions.
Nouman serves as teaching fellow at the Institute for Gender + the Economy. He is also an associate at Trinity College within the University of Toronto.
At lunch time, he can be found at Massey College within the University of Toronto, where he mentors exceptional post-graduate students in his capacity as senior fellow emeritus.
Cultural fluency is the idea that in order to engage people across cultures, we must move past simply being culturally sensitive or politically correct and allow individuals to fully express their differences. In this way, a greater connection can be made to achieve high-performance outcomes. This ability to make personal connections across cultures is integral […]