Award for Public Service
MS Management and Systems (’17)
Public Service - This category recognizes alumni who have developed an innovative approach to a social, educational, environmental, health, economic or legal issue within a community.
Muhammad Usman Ali is the cofounder of The Ghani Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working to educate the less privileged children in Pakistan since 2011. Muhammad was only 18 when he, along with a friend, established the Foundation to bring out-of-school children back into the classroom and to fight child labor, extremism, and illiteracy through education. In the last six years, the Ghani Foundation has helped more than 350 children to benefit from a formal school education and supported 30 families in starting their own businesses through micro-financing programs. The Ghani Foundation also has collaborated with numerous national and international NGOs to promote education, skill development, and social justice in Pakistan.
Muhammad also served as the treasurer and community service committee chair of the NYUSPS Student Council. He, along with his team, executed more than 10 social and community service events, which were all very successful, and left a long-lasting impact on NYU community. Muhammad is also a recipient of the NYU President’s Service Award and the NYUSPS Leadership and Service Excellence Award for his continuous services—not only NYU—but to the NYC community as well. Currently, Muhammad works as a case manager and researcher in the public administration department of New York City government, where he is utilizing his social work expertise to serve the people of New York.
Muhammad earned a BS in accounting and finance from FAST - National University, Pakistan, and an MS in management and systems from the NYU School of Professional Studies.