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Saif Ishoof

CEO + Co-Founder


Miami-native Saif Ishoof, a recognized leader in navigating disruptive forces, played a pivotal role in propelling Miami to become the 21st century's fastest-growing innovation and capital hub in the United States. Renowned as a Presidential Leadership Scholar, German Marshall Fund scholar, and Aspen Institute Fellow for Civil Society, he was honored as South Florida's Most Innovative CEO by the Levan Center for Innovation. As Lab22c's visionary founder, Saif provides advisory services to entities ranging from founders to family offices, specializing in strategic partnerships, office launches, human capital development, social impact, and philanthropy. Noteworthy achievements include facilitating a groundbreaking collaboration between global coding Bootcamp Ironhack and the Miami Marlins. Saif's impactful roles include serving as Vice President for Engagement at Florida International University, where he secured over $70 million for institutional impact. As founding Senior Advisor for Innovation & Technology to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, he co-founded the Venture Miami team, attracting companies and funds to relocate. With a background as City Year Miami's founding Executive Director, Saif, a Georgetown University Foreign Service graduate with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, continues to be a sought-after advisor, board member, speaker, and writer on innovation, talent, competitiveness, the Future of Work, and Web 3.0.

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