A leader in the Minneapolis/St. Paul business community,
Farhan Muhammad was a passionate entrepreneur; founding
ILM Professional Services, Inc. in 2002, the Minnesota
Developers Conference (MDC) in 2006 and Fusion Room in 2010.
Having traveled from Pakistan to the United States to
further his education, Farhan received his Bachelor of
Science in Computer Science in 1997 and his Master of Science
in Software Engineering three years later. Before his
unexpected death in 2014, Farhan accomplished much in his
professional career. He was recognized as a 40 Under 40
honoree by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
in 2011 for seeing ILM recognized as a Best Place To Work
and one of the 50 fastest-growing private companies, as
well as growing MDC into the largest event of its kind
in the Upper Midwest.
History & Foundation
Farhan Muhammad grew up in Karachi, Pakistan with his parents and three brothers.
Farhan’s parents had moved to the city after losing their home and belongings to riots.
To escape the mass genocide, his parents escaped on foot and fled for a refugee camp.
En route to the camp, his mother gave birth to her first child, with Farhan born a year
later while they still lived in the camp. Despite the trying circumstances Farhan’s
parents never gave up, and through hard work, were able to move the family of six to a
700-square foot house. Farhan’s childhood was filled with memories of a loving and caring
family who valued above all providing a good education for their children. During this
time in Karachi, Farhan developed a fascination for coding and computer science.
To further his education and follow his passion, he moved to Minnesota as a teen to
attend Minnesota State University, Mankato.
This was a pivotal time in his life as he not only received his undergraduate degree,
but met and married his future business partner Luna Ahmed. Together they set down
roots in the Twin Cities where Farhan went on to get his Master’s Degree at the University
By 2001, at only 27 years of age, Farhan had completed his master’s degree and was a
published author and international speaker. Following Microsoft’s release of .NET in 2002,
Farhan decided to pursue a new venture and founded his own business, ILM Professional Services.
Jokingly referred to by Farhan as his first child, ILM’s name was inspired by three of his
passions: imagination, learning and mentorship. Under Farhan’s leadership, ILM quickly moved
to the forefront of the Minneapolis/St. Paul tech industry where he gained a reputation as an
advocate of industry best practices and as a facilitator for the sharing and exchanging of
knowledge within the community.
Pursuing his passions
Following his lifelong interest in learning and education, Farhan founded the Minnesota
Developers Conference in 2006 after feeling the void left when Microsoft had stopped hosting
their own application conference the year before. Not one to rest on his laurels, he continued
to grow MDC year by year and proceeded to foster education in the local community by starting
the Twin Cities .NET User Group, which continues to meet monthly at the ILM office.
Farhan’s sudden passing in March of 2014 has been felt by many but his legacy lives on
through his wife and two children, friends and accomplishments. He is remembered fondly by
those who knew him for his sense of humor, calm nature, culinary experimentations and
devotion to his family. The world is not the same without him, but we are better off for
having known him.