Duriya Farooqui is on Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2018 Power 100 list.
Duriya Farooqui is on the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2018 Power 100 List. A fighter for the impoverished, she emphasizes the importance of building a powerful coalition to make an impact in the community.
Ms. Farooqui is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a partnership between the top business leaders (such as Coca-Cola, Delta, Home Depot, UPS, and Invesco) and the City of Atlanta, to address the most critical issues for the city. She provides leadership and strategic direction for ACP’s priorities developed in collaboration with the Mayor. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (NYSE: ICE).
Prior to joining ACP in 2016, Ms. Farooqui was a principal at Bain & Company, where she worked with corporate executives across several industries to deliver high impact results and growth. In that role, she also led a pro-bono consulting team to develop an outcome focused plan for a school network serving low-income children in Metro Atlanta. Her management experience spans the private and public sector including seven years with the City of Atlanta.
Ms. Farooqui served as the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta before 2014, managing all operating departments and agencies that represented a budget of about $2 billion and over 7,000 city employees. She brought focus to data driven management in optimizing operations, initiated innovation incentives, and led major initiatives such as pension reform, opening of the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and securing a 30-year agreement with the Atlanta Falcons for the new stadium opening in 2017. Prior to the City of Atlanta, she also worked with the Center for International Development at Harvard, the World Bank, and the Center for Global Development.
Ms. Farooqui holds a M.P.A. in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Hampshire College. She is a Trustee for the Woodruff Arts Center and serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Westside Future Fund, Center for Civic Innovation and International Women’s Forum of Georgia.
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