Assistant Professor, General Management
Expertise: General Management
Mazi is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy area group. He is a founding member of Ivey's EDI Advisory Council and a research fellow in Innovation North Learning Lab. Mazi earned a Ph.D. and MBA from Ivey, with research and teaching interests in the relationship between ideological trends and management thinkways, human imagination and managerial practices. His operating motto is: "human knowledge must be matched by a fearless trust in the unknowable."
Mazi teaches Strategy, Systems Thinking, and Power & Politics courses in Ivey's MBA, MSc. and Executive Development programs. His current research project explores 'deep skilling' pedagogies for leaders, combining complexity orientation, foresight, and systems change. Mazi has held senior roles with The Ivey Academy, Sauder Executive Education at UBC, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute, and Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Mazi has deep learning and development expertise and extensive experience in leadership development. Since 2014, he has designed and delivered numerous executive education programs focusing on inclusive leadership, power and politics, systems innovation, and strategic thinking. He has designed and taught programs for various organizations, including 3M, Alberta Health Systems, London Health Science Centre, BC Automobile Association, Environment Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, Marriott International, CIBC and CPA Ontario.
Mazi is ethnically Persian. Having emigrated in 1990, he has lived and worked in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Before becoming an academic, Mazi was a senior manager with several large corporations in several industries, including aviation, media, and finance.
Product development and performance in volatile markets.
Evaluate new product ideas, use AI and big data to develop customer insights, and predict launch trajectories within unconventional markets.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Practice
Empower your teams with reciprocity, trust, and belonging. Nurture supportive relationships and a sustainable organizational culture through equity and inclusion.
Starts October 2, 2023
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Strategic Thinking and Decision-Making
Plan for strategic action and boost your decision readiness. Effectively assess opportunities, overcome decision traps, and elevate your confidence to drive results.
Starts April 17, 2023
Live Virtual + Self-Paced Learning
IIAC Investment Professional Leadership Program
Elevate your investment practice to the next level and build for future success
Develop the leadership skills you need to build a thriving investment advisory business. In partnership with the Investment Industry Association of Canada, this program enables you to take your investment practice to the next level.
Starts April 16, 2023
London, Ontario, Canada
March 8th, 2022
Balancing the System: Designing for Work-Life Alignment
Listen to a podcast episode on the drivers behind work-life imbalance and the ways individuals and organizations can work to create a healthier equilibrium between employees personal and professional lives.Read Story
November 18th, 2022
Corporate Strategies for Net-Zero: The Strategic Dimensions of Ambitious Climate Leadership
In this podcast episode produced in collaboration with the Centre for Building Sustainable Value, we discuss how corporations currently are developing and practically implementing strategies for ambitious climate targets, and what that means for the future of the net-zero agenda in Canadian Business.Read Story
May 14th, 2021
Innovating together: Connecting as a global organization
In this episode originally recorded for Global Ivey Day 2021, our panel examines the phenomenon of 'being global,' and what it really means for Canadian innovation to scale up on the global market.Read Story
September 23rd, 2021
Debunking Generational Myths at Work
Listen to a podcast episode on age inclusivity in the workplace hosted by Ivey Professor Mazi Raz.Read Story
July 30th, 2021
Why Cybersecurity Matters To All Leaders – Including You
Listen to a podcast episode on the importance of cybersecurity and how leaders can integrate cybersecurity measures into organizational culture hosted by Ivey Professor Mazi Raz.Read Story
November 5th, 2021
Neurodiversity in the workplace: Building towards inclusion
In this podcast episode, our panelists examine pioneering workplace programs, the competitive advantage of inclusion, and changing ideals of leadership through a more inclusive lens.Read Story
November 19th, 2021
The Ivey Net-Zero Series: Your organization's net-zero future is closer than you think
Listen to a podcast episode on the strategic implications of a net-zero agenda on Canadian businesses.Read Story
December 9th, 2021
The frontiers of purpose: Reimagining your organization’s role in society
Listen to a podcast episode on how organizations can define their purpose to help drive innovation and create positive societal change.Read Story
October 22nd, 2020
An organizational response to well-being
Our panel of Karen Collins, Chief Talent Officer, BMO; Andrew Soren, Founder & CEO, Eudaimonic by Design; and Dr. Mazi Raz, Director, Learning Design & Strategy, The Ivey Academy, examined how leaders can advance well-being as both a strategy and long-term sustainable goal for both their organization and society.Read Story