Meet the Dean

Aliza Lakhani
Regional Dean and CEO
Northeastern University – Toronto 

Aliza Lakhani was previously Director of Business Development and International at the DMZ, Canada’s top technology incubator, where she lead strategy, revenue generation and partnerships. Under Aliza’s direction, the DMZ tripled annual revenue through corporate partnerships and expanded into global markets. Prior to joining the DMZ, Aliza built a career in Financial Services, including several years at Bank of Montreal (BMO) in progressively senior roles. Aliza started her career on the trading floor in fixed income derivative sales and trading at Royal Bank of Canada and JP Morgan Chase where she advised Canada’s largest institutional clients.

Aliza is passionate about serving the community and is actively involved in Toronto’s thriving innovation ecosystem where she advises startups and speaks about corporate innovation and entrepreneurship. She was previously Chair of the Board of Directors for Rexdale Women’s Center – a $3MM non profit serving high need women and their families. Aliza is currently on the advisory board of Rosenzweig & Company, #MoveTheDial, and the Aga Khan Grants and Review committee. She also serves on the Sick Kids Hospital tech and innovation advisory council.

Aliza holds a Bachelor of Mathematics with distinction from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business.

Education Integration

Aliza Lakhani, CEO of Northeastern University Toronto, explains to Anthony Lacavera why she moved from The DMZ to Northeastern University and what lessons she has taken from her past experience to the new role. She also shares what excites her about the innovation ecosystem and how the university is adapting its curriculum to keep pace with industry globally. #movethedial