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The Markaz Professional Preparation Summit

Saturday, April 22, 2017 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Paul Brest Hall, Munger Building 4

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.


Have questions? E-mail Summit coordinator Karem Said (

The event is co-sponsored by alumni from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Full Summit schedule follows:

10:00 - 11:30 AM, Introduction and Tech PanelOmar Tawakol, CEO and Founder, WorkfitNada Atshan, Senior Program Manager, 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 PanelSumbul 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

Event Sponsor: 
The Markaz
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(650) 497-5742
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