Ahmed was born in Bloemfontein and matriculated at St. Andrew’s School. He received multiple academic awards during his legal studies, most notable of which is the Golden Key International Honour Society, Dean’s Merit Award, and LexisNexis Prize – Best Student in International Law (final year of study).

Ahmed graduated cum laude at the University of the Free State and was bestowed with the PH Group Honour medal for this achievement. During his days at the UFS, he partook in various activities including International Moot competition and serving on the Faculty Academic Council.While serving his articles, Ahmed also completed his practical legal training at the Bloemfontein School for Legal Practice.