An internet infrastructure maven and activist, Omar Ahmad was the mayor of San Carlos, California.

Why you should listen

Omar Ahmad was the co-founder and CEO of SynCH Energy Corporation, a renewable energy startup. Prior to founding SynCH Energy, Ahmad founded TrustedID and Logictier and served in key leadership positions for such companies as Grand Central Communications, Napster, Netscape, @Home Network and Discovery Channel Online.

Ahmad was the mayor of the City of San Carlos, after serving for many years on the City Council of this Silicon Valley town. His policy focus centered on budget reform and fiscal sustainability.

What others say

“Omar wanted everybody to contribute to a better polity.” — TED Blog

Omar Ahmad’s TED talks

Omar Ahmad on the TED Blog

Global Issues

Why mayors have more chance of saving the world than global leaders do

September 20, 2013

The challenges we face in the 21st century are global in nature. Yet it often seems like we are woefully ill-equipped to address issues such as poverty, violence, security or public health with our large-scale political institutions. In this bold talk, Benjamin Barber suggests that we should transition away from nation states towards a system […]

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Culture

Read the new TED Book: Citizen Advocate

September 5, 2012

Has the red tape of the political process gotten you down? In the step-by-step handbook Citizen Advocate: Get Government to Move Mountains and Change the World, Omar Ahmad, the former mayor of San Carlos, California, explains what it takes to move a great idea down the often-confusing path from hope to law. Written before Ahmad’s […]

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Quotes from Omar Ahmad

One of the things that defines a TEDster is you’ve taken your passion, and you’ve turned it into stewardship. You put action to the issues you care about.
Omar Ahmad
TED2010 • 374K views Apr 2010
Informative, Persuasive
Write to your elected officials at least once a month. Here’s my promise to you: If you are consistent and do this, within three months the elected official will start calling you when [your] issue comes up and say, ‘What do you think?’
Omar Ahmad
TED2010 • 374K views Apr 2010
Informative, Persuasive