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With past lives as the co-founder of a California-based biotech company, award-winning NY Times-published cartoonist, and creative strategist for nonprofits and public companies alike, Mohammad has always focused on producing products and programs that bring people together.

Mohammad is currently using the power of food to bring people together and celebrate their commonalities by making the growing need for faith-based (religious) foods more accessible to individuals and organizations that want to foster inclusive spaces (and dinner tables!).

 

A public health practitioner by training, Mohammad entered the food world by accident when he produced the first 2-in-1 "Interfaith Meat" that is both (Zabihah) Halal and (Glatt) Kosher at the same time. The product was made for his "Shabbat Salaam" interfaith dinner, which was meant to bring friends together to foster community as a response to the rising wave of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim bigotry after the 2016 US election cycle. In just over a year, more than 1,000 attendees participated in Shabbat Salaam, while Interfaith Meat helps early adopters save on time, money and inventory space and reduce food waste. Beyond Interfaith Meat, Mohammad has produced products like "Hummus for All of Us" and "Honey, I Love You."

Outside of food, Mohammad works with the c-level executives of private and public companies across industries on branding, program and product development, and general strategy. He is a public speaker with past appearances at TED, Columbia University, Food Lab, Specialty Foods, and IFC Films, to name a few. He is a mentor and pitch coach to early-stage startup founders. 

Mohammad is a Johns Hopkins alumnus where he studied public health as a Bloomberg Scholar and Woodrow Wilson Research Fellow. He was the University's nominee for the Truman and Rhodes Scholarships. He was awarded the George J. Mitchell National Scholarship (the "Rhodes of Ireland") and attended Trinity College Dublin on a full scholarship.

 

In his spare time, Mohammad loves to work on his 1979 VW Bus and produce new events. His latest was a comedy show called Cut The Beef.