Cosmo Fujiyama Ghaznavi
Cosmo Fujiyama Ghaznavi
Strategist, Consultant, Educator

I’m dedicated to impacting the way the world learns.

I am the daughter of two incredible parents who gave me a boundless gift — a love for learning and a passion for growth. Growing up as a first generation Japanese American in suburban Virginia, my parents taught my siblings and I that anything is possible if and when we lead with compassion, view things with a sense of awe, and stay committed to what we love. I deeply believe that learning is love made visible.

My professional life has centered on three pillars: coaching, facilitating and managing. I coach people to activate their purpose and take action on their dreams. I design and facilitate experiences that help people learn and grow so that they can live healthy, centered, and confident lives. I manage teams that produce results and promote healthy, supportive cultures that encourage people to be their best.

I am currently the Vice President of Dream Academy at The Future Project where I create spaces for Dream Directors and our internal team to learn and grow. Previously, I was the Managing Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania where I designed and managed executive training programs for social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.

Earlier in my career, I worked for Ashoka, the world’s largest association of social innovators, identifying social entrepreneurs.  I supported Ashoka Youth Venture's partnership with New York University’s Stern School of Business. In 2014, I was a Fellow at The Governance Lab at New York University, an organization funded the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

At The GovLab Academy, I helped launch a free, online community for individuals working to open their institutions and work more collaboratively to solve public problems. While an undergraduate student, I co-founded and led a Students Helping Honduras, a nonprofit organization improving access to quality education for children across northern Honduras.

As a public speaker, I love engaging in dialogue around the future of learning and personal development. I've facilitated and spoken at events with leading organizations such as Alpha at Telefonica, IDEO U, Hive Global Leaders Programs, the Unreasonable Institute’s Girl Effect Accelerator, NYU’s Reynolds Changemakers Challenge, Iceland’s Saga Summit, Ashoka Changemakers & American Express Emerging Innovators Boot Camp, and Dell Social Innovation Challenge. 

I am always looking to connect with people passionate about building a better future, together. I'd love to connect and explore how we can learn and work together!

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Cosmo was the lead facilitator for our most important gathering of the year, bringing together a carefully selected group of diverse international experts. Our intention was to explore our moonshot idea around the Future of Learning, diving into the question “What and How will humans be learning in the future?”

Cosmo was key in helping me design a memorable experience and tuning into our desireable outcomes. One of her super powers was her ability to resonate with the intricacies of my ambitious vision and bringing out the best version of my leadership throughout the process.

Her facilitation was impeccable, intuitively reading and adapting to a high level audience while inspiring and energizing it with her infectious positive energy. Her capacities definitely exceeded my already high expectations.
— Cedric Mateosyan, Alpha by Telefonica
I’ve never met anyone quite like Cosmo Fujiyama. A ferocious and driven leader, Cosmo has a knack for articulating and driving a vision, while inspiring everyone lucky enough to get to work with and for her along the way. When Cosmo and I worked to design and build a 7 day leadership and innovation learning experience for 25 international business leaders from the ground up, Cosmo was able to navigate complex systems with ease, charting the course and guiding us through the inevitable ups and downs facing a new large scale learning program with grace, calm and brilliance throughout.

Cosmo is one of the best facilitators I’ve had the pleasure to work with in my professional career. She has an uncanny ability to make everyone feel seen and heard (whether it be a room of 5 or 500) while also manage to accomplish everything she set out to do. She shines at the front of the room, leading through culture, while also expertly and meticulously managing the details- from curriculum planning to staffing to transportation- that are what will ultimately make or break an event.

If I were stuck on a desert island and could only bring one thing, it would be Cosmo Fujiyama. With her ingenuity and positive force of nature, I’d have full confidence we’d not only survive, but thrive, and spend our time laughing over coconuts and fish for years to come.
— Em Havens, Community Designer, IDEO U
Cosmo and I worked together for 3 years at the Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS) at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Together we developed curriculum and online and in-person learning experiences for an 8-month long applied program in Social Impact Strategy. As a facilitator, Cosmo works intentionally to make learning easier, draw out individuals’ knowledge so they are aware of it, are able to use it, and as contribution to the collective knowledge of the group. As an experience designer, Cosmo demonstrates excellence creating environments that are warm, inviting, inclusive, fun, and safe places for creativity, learning, risk-taking, growth, and community-building.

Cosmo shows comfort doing her incredible work in any space — in a traditional university setting, in a get-away residential environment, online, with large groups and one on one. For us this is important work: we believe that anyone, anywhere can make a positive change in their community and shape the future. This means that we have to think carefully about how to translate academic findings into knowledge that is useful for folks enacting social goals through any organizational form in any part of the world. Cosmo left an indelible mark on the way our Center equips world changers, in a way that invites them to acknowledge all stakeholders’ experiences and community histories, and leverage those experiences and histories as expertise and assets — necessary inputs into strategic decision-making for continuous improvement on a path to achieving a social mission.
— Ariel Schwartz, Managing Director, UPENN Center for Social Impact Strategy