Mather, Farhana

Managing Director, TMLU
Farhana has worked in the field of higher education for over twenty three years specifically in the areas of university advancement, strategic planning, internationalization, and international alliance and partnership building. She has worked extensively with corporations and foundations in Canada and the U.S. in philanthropic support of higher education initiatives. Farhana has been the Senior Executive Director of Development for McGill University where she was responsible for leading the overall development operation and advancing the University’s philanthropic and research efforts with individuals, foundations and corporations in North America and abroad. She has deep expertise in campaign planning (helping plan for McGill’s most recent $750M campaign), in foundation and corporate relations, prospect management and donor research, advancement information systems, and campaign and advancement operational financing.
Farhana has also been the Director of International Research at the University of Toronto where she led the development of strategic international partnerships and university internationalization. She has built successful international partnerships between universities in Canada, the U.S., Europe, India, Latin America, China, Africa and the Caribbean and helped to secure tens of millions of dollars in development aid funding.
Farhana is a regular speaker and panelist at conferences worldwide and has published numerous articles in her field. She has conducted extensive research in the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate philanthropy, university-corporate relations, internationalization and advancement. A native of South Africa, Farhana grew up in Toronto, lived in Montreal for many years and is now based in South Carolina. She holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and an M.Ed with a specialization in Higher Education from the University of Toronto.