Muppies NYC in partnership with Muppies DC will host a roundtable open only to women to create a safe and open forum for discussion. We look forward to seeing you.
James Beard Award semi-finalist Umber Ahmad grew up traveling around the world. Her family is from Pakistan, and she grew up in a town in northern Michigan filled with first-generation Finns and Swedes. The magic of spices was first taught to her in Pakistan, where as a very young girl she learned that food had a language all its own.
After studying genetics and business, Umber spent much of her career in finance. During her tenure as an investment banker, she was the subject of “Risk|Reward”, a critically acclaimed 2002 TriBeCa Film Festival-premiered documentary film about women on Wall Street. After an accomplished career in investment banking and private equity with Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, Umber co-founded Specialized Capital Management, a boutique investment advisory firm that specializes in business development throughout MENA, Europe and Asia. In this capacity, she works closely with sustainable food providers, emerging technologies, luxury brands and world-renowned chefs to expand their concepts globally.
Continuing with this work, in 2014 Umber found with the creation of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery the perfect intersection of all her expertise. By combining her business acumen, science education, and cultural knowledge, she is creating a food story like no other. As the first Colicchio Discovery brand, Umber is building the next great culinary experience with Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery.
Umber earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, an MPH in International Health Policy from The University of Michigan, and a BS in Genetics from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Umber and her work with Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery have been featured in myriad publications, including The New York Times, Vogue, Travel & Leisure, Time, Martha Stewart Living, Buzzfeed and more. An avid pilot and traveler, she resides in New York City.
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