Meet the Dean

Aliza Lakhani

Regional Dean and CEO
Northeastern University – Toronto

Aliza Lakhani, November 23, 2017.


Aliza is responsible for the vision and execution of Northeastern’s first international campus, located in Toronto. She is driven by her passion to change the world of education, one lifelong learner at a time. She has deep expertise as a transformational leader within the finance, technology and non-profit industries. Prior to Northeastern, Aliza was Head of Business Development and International at the DMZ – now the #1 ranked university tech incubator in the world. Under Aliza’s direction, the DMZ tripled annual revenue through corporate partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and expanded into global markets.

Aliza has worked for years in revenue generating, strategic and advisory roles at Royal Bank of Canada, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of Montreal in Toronto and New York. She started her career on the trading floor in derivative sales and structuring.

Aliza serves on the advisory board of C.D. Howe Institute Human Capital Council, #MoveTheDial and was elected Chair of the Board of Directors for Rexdale Women’s Center.

Aliza holds a Bachelor’s of Mathematics with distinction from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.