The Markaz is thrilled to launch its first ever professional mentoring event. The Summit will strengthen professional networks among Stanford alumni and students who have family or professional connections with Muslim-majority countries. Bay Area alumni will discuss their career paths and offer advice to current students about finding work after graduation.
The event will feature five sessions, including a tech panel; a networking lunch session; and an afternoon panel covering careers in humanitarian work, government, public education, and academia. A breakout mentoring session will match alumni and students.
Guest speakers include CEO of Workfit Omar Tawakol, Nida Atshan of TechWadi, award-winning author Sumbul Ali-Karamali, and humanitarian response leader Elisabeth Kvitashvili.
The event is co-sponsored by alumni from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Full Summit Schedule:
10:00 - 11:30 AM, Introduction and Tech Panel
Omar Tawakol, CEO and Co-Founder Workfit
Nada Atshan, TechWadi
11:30 - Noon, Tech and Engineering Networking Session
Noon - 1:00 PM, Catered Mingling Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 PM, Public Education and Humanitarianism Panel
Sumbul Ali-Karamali, author of Growing Up Muslim (2012) and The Muslim Next Door (2008)
Elisabeth Kvitashvili, refugee and humanitarian response veteran and former US State Department employee
2 - 3 PM, Breakout Mentoring Sessions
Navigating Research Institutes and Universities After Graduation with Shireen AlAzzawi, Research Fellow at the Economic Research Forum and Economics Lecturer at Santa Clara University
Working in Data Science and Strategy with Navid Chowdhury, Facebook, Strategy Analyst
Electronics Research and Biomedical Sensing with Saeed Mohammadi, Apple, Research Engineer
Careers in Artificial Intelligence with Mohamed G. Mahmoud, Workfit, Director of Engineering
What It's Really Like to Be a Product Engineer with Issra Omer, Facebook, Product Specialist
Applying and Thriving in Medical School with Raafay Syed, Stanford Medical School
Looking for Work as an Activist with Iyad Uakoub, BEAM