Arif Khan

Arif Khan Cannabis Doing Good Advisory Board

Arif Khan provides organizational and operational support to government agencies, private companies, and non-profits. He also owns and manages the Hoot Owl restaurant in a rural part of the New York Hudson Valley. He is a volunteer firefighter with the Shawangunk Valley Fire Department and mentors inmates enrolled in the Defy Ventures entrepreneurship program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility. He recently completed an analysis of the American cannabis industry for Publicis, a global multi-billion dollar PR and media firm.

Prior to moving back to the Hudson Valley in 2016, Arif completed the year-long Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, with a focus on entrepreneurship, civic innovation and community resilience. While there, he received additional funding from Harvard for a community engagement project and won an innovation contest at MIT for a device that promotes smiling. Prior to the Loeb Fellowship, he coordinated partnerships for the United Nations to improve global disaster preparedness and response. Internationally, he has managed millions of dollars of humanitarian aid, designed and managed refugee camps, and initiated relief projects on the ground that supported hundreds of thousands of people affected by natural disasters and conflicts in Kenya, Syria, Indonesia, Somalia, Yemen, Chad, Pakistan, Lebanon, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access with Somali warlords, angry mobs in Myanmar, and corrupt officials. He has also developed and implemented training programs for hundreds of aid workers in the US, UK, Mali, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Turkey, and Thailand.

Prior to moving back to the Hudson Valley in 2016, Arif completed the year-long Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, with a focus on entrepreneurship, civic innovation and community resilience. While there, he received additional funding from Harvard for a community engagement project and won an innovation contest at MIT for a device that promotes smiling. Prior to the Loeb Fellowship, he coordinated partnerships for the United Nations to improve global disaster preparedness and response. Internationally, he has managed millions of dollars of humanitarian aid, designed and managed refugee camps, and initiated relief projects on the ground that supported hundreds of thousands of people affected by natural disasters and conflicts in Kenya, Syria, Indonesia, Somalia, Yemen, Chad, Pakistan, Lebanon, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access with Somali warlords, angry mobs in Myanmar, and corrupt officials. He has also developed and implemented training programs for hundreds of aid workers in the US, UK, Mali, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Turkey, and Thailand.

In the US, he has led initiatives to improve disaster resilience, promote active transportation options, increase urban green space, and build social and economic capital. He planned and designed hundreds of miles of bikeways and trails with Alta Planning + Design. He founded Depave, an award-winning non-profit that transforms underused parking lots into greenspaces and gardens. He navigated the largest bureaucracy in the world to spearhead the creation of the first-ever food garden on international territory at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.