About Me: Meet Haris Ahmed from Chicago, IL

Haris Ahmed from Chicago, IL is the founder and CEO of Pragmatium Consulting Group, Inc., a management consulting company that works on organizational change and leadership projects. As a consultant, he has personally mentored more than 100 C-level executives and business leaders across a number of industries, ranging from federal agencies and non-profits to public and private corporations.

Before founding Pragmatium Consulting Group, Haris had already been involved in leading consultancy projects. At NYU, where he earned his BA in economics and politics, he showed that he had a talent for helping others, using his acquired negotiation and skill with numbers to assist student organizations and student-led enterprises in managing their affairs. He built and maintained good relations with other students, many of which would later join large companies and get Haris’ leadership consulting services.

Haris started his career as a group underwriter at Aetna before embarking on his first foray into consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led large transformation initiatives in change management and human resources. He moved to Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson), where he served as a senior consultant to a number of key accounts in the fields of management consulting.

While he was with Watson Wyatt, Haris went to the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, where he earned his MBA (cum laude), focusing on strategy and leadership. He once told a classmate at Notre Dame that he liked working with people in leadership positions, and his classmate suggested that he major in leadership and strategy to understand how leaders think. During his time at Notre Dame, he was exposed to different leadership styles and business strategies as taught by top practitioners in the field. He also built a network of contacts within the business community, particularly among C-level executives and start-up founders.

After earning his MBA, he worked as a consultant with Hewitt Associates then became a Principal with Oliver Wyman, where he started collaborating with senior executives in changing organizational designs and improving leadership effectiveness.

Finally, he decided to strike it out on his own. His company, Pragmatium Consulting Group, Inc., is a boutique management consulting firm that specializes in high-performing teams, leadership, and organizational performance. Throughout his career, he has worked with Allstate, the City of Chicago, United Airlines, Unilever, Pitney Bowes, the Internal Revenue Service, Schneider Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and Roosevelt University, exposing him to different organizational cultures, structures, and strategies.

Haris takes pride in coming up with customized solutions for all sorts of industries. He has the ability to not just devise solutions, but also communicate and get management buy-in for them. He is much in demand in Chicagoland and the rest of the United States as a facilitator and workshop trainer. As a strategic partner of Sensei International and Pritchett LP, he is also able to explore different management and executive strategies from all over the world and adapt them to the American context.

Haris Ahmed is active in community-based and non-profit organizations. He also serves on the Business Advisory Group of the Governor of Illinois, and has been a guest lecturer at Notre Dame.