Adnan Mahmud



As founder and CEO of FORWARD, Adnan is passionate about using data and technology to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Through FORWARD, he has worked with more than 200 customers around the world and has been featured as a Gov100 company every year since 2016.

Prior to founding FORWARD, Adnan worked for eight years at Microsoft, where he managed the company’s largest data pipelines and received multiple patents in data analysis, visualization, and management. In addition, Adnan is co-founder of Jolkona, a nonprofit that provides mentorship and training for social entrepreneurs.

Adnan earned his master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.