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Mohammad Modarres    

Social Entrepreneur, Creative Strategist & Founder of Abe's Eats

With past lives as a public health practitioner, co-founder of an operating California-based biotech company, 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!).

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 for his "Shabbat Salaam" interfaith dinner event, which developed out of a response to the rise of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim bigotry after the 2016 US election cycle. By following the most Orthodox laws of each faith to help all denominations eat from the same plate, Interfaith Meat helps food businesses save time, money, inventory space, and food waste. Beyond "Interfaith Meat," Mohammad offers other food products through his latest venture Abe's Eats (AbesEats.com).

Outside of food, Mohammad has five (5) years of experience working with the c-level executives of private and public companies across industries on branding, program and product development, and general strategy.

Mohammad 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, Schwarzman, Marshall, Mitchell 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 “Shabbat Salaam" interfaith dinners.

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