Summer 2015 Power 50: Naheed Nenshi
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Simply put, Nenshi is the best. According to the City Mayors Foundation, a philanthropic international think tank dedicated to local government, Nenshi is the world’s number one mayor, as was made evident when he was awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize.
First elected in 2010, and re-elected in 2013 with almost three-quarters of the vote, Nenshi is Calgary’s 36th mayor, and the first Muslim mayor of any major North American city. He is an inspiring, sharp-witted (check out his Twitter feed) Harvard graduate who has attracted the attention of urban thinkers from around the world. He is also a role model for decisive management, forward thinking and strong leadership, which he demonstrated during the 2013 Alberta floods.
With Calgary continuing to experience a rapid increase in both population and revenue – even with the recent dip in oil prices – Nenshi’s priorities during his second term in office continue to be management of growth, increased job opportunities and long-term prosperity for Calgary. Fortunately, much of Nenshi’s career has been spent with international consultancy firms, which has allowed him to travel extensively. This familiarity and appreciation for the global community has held him in good stead, and is evident in his zest for partnership with private sector bodies in service innovation and delivery.
Mayor Nenshi’s Best Tweets:
Arrive after overnight flight. First thing UK border guard says is "Happy Birthday!". Second is "how about that other Canadian mayor?"— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) February 2, 2014
Popular themes for costumes this weekend are "sexy (blank)" and "nenshi". Please, for the love of all that's good, don't combine the themes.— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) October 31, 2010