Mohammad Modarres

Mohammad is an award-winning social entrepreneur who has created two first-to-market products focused 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. His most recent work in the food industry has led him to speak on the economics of food production. Mohammad is a TED Resident and recent How I Built This Fellow. He spends his free time fixing up old VW Buses. 

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official TED.com Talks

With over 1,800,000 views, Mohammad's second TED Talk as a TED Resident highlights the complexities farmers face in today's challenging global food industry. The solution?..

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




As a social entrepreneur who is currently focused on using food as a tool for promoting diversity and inclusion, Mohammad speaks at the intersection of activism and entrepreneurship across history. Topics include:


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

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

  • Our FoodPrint: The ecological and economic impact of our food 



Over the last five years, Mohammad has consulted c-level executives who work at nonprofits to 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 for an NFL athlete

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

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

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

  • Creating fundraising documents for two companies that later went public

  • Training executives for their TED Talk-style speaking events


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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