Mohammad Modarres

Mohammad Modarres is an award-winning social entrepreneur and local economic activist who has created multiple first-to-market products and brands that focus on bringing people together. He uses the stage to connect the dots between overlooked moments in time that have led to leaps in human creativity and peace...and bigotry and violence. Mohammad is a TED Resident and NPR How I Built This Fellow. He spends his free time fixing up his classic VW Bus and working on creating how-to videos for new American immigrants. 


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official TED.com Talks

With roughly 2 million views, Mohammad's second TED Talk as a TED Resident highlights the complexities farmers face in today's challenging global food industry. 

In his first official TED Talk, Mohammad speaks about merging Halal and Kosher dietary laws to use "interfaith foods" as a medium to foster cultural understanding and peace.




Mohammad is a two-time TED Resident and public speaker with ~ 2 million online views on TED.com. He uses the stage to offer social and economic solutions that promote equity and inclusion. His talks -- at the intersection of activism and entrepreneurship -- include:


  • The rise of the new activist - the social entrepreneur! 

  • How the Renaissance became Italian 

  • Why you shouldn't protest on Saturdays

  • How to build a more inclusive dinner table to combat (anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim) bigotry

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Over the last five years, Mohammad has consulted c-level executives who work at nonprofit foundations and public companies on building new business development strategies to create unique B2B/C brands that reflect the diversity of their changing communities.

Past projects have included: 

  • Rebranding an athletic foundation operated by an NFL athlete

  • Building the online marketing strategy for the "Mother of Modern Dance" 

  • Developing the communications strategy for a Grammy Award-winning producer 

  • Producing a nonprofit fundraising gala that raised $300,000 in one night 

  • Creating fundraising business documents for two companies that later went public

  • Training executives for their TED Talk-style thought leadership opportunities

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As an award-winning small food business owner  focused on using food as a tool to promote diversity and inclusion, Mohammad is not new to social entrepreneurship. His ventures have included: 


  • Co-founding a biotechnology company focused on developing therapeutics for autoimmune disorders  

  • Establishing an online fair trade shop that imports products from four countries  

What People Have Said

"Mohammad is one of the most promising leaders of his generation...He is gifted, energetic and visionary. It's been a pleasure to watch his career unfold. And we all will benefit from his successes. He has my highest esteem and strongest recommendation for any endeavor he can imagine."

Dr. John Bader,

Executive Director at the Fulbright Association

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