Ramadan, the Workplace, and COVID-19

Ramadan is often a challenge for corporate employees as they juggle work while fasting. Moderated by Shaarik Zafar (@Facebook), this Facebook live-streamed conversation features experts on Ramadan (Maha Elgenaidi @ING) and corporate and government Muslim employees (Raania [email protected] City of San Jose, Lyla Rayyan @Salesforce and Eahab Ibrahim @ Google) discussing the unique challenges and opportunities of this Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic.


Shaarik Zafar
Shaarik Zafar is a Public Policy Manager at Facebook where he drives policy development and stakeholder engagement on issues at the intersection of technology, civil and human rights, and national security.  His work includes driving thought leadership on online content moderation, managing relationships with a range of civil society organizations, and overseeing programs on countering hate speech and promoting pluralism.  Shaarik previously served as the Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the Department of State; a Director for Global Engagement at the White House National Security Council; the Special Counsel for Post 9/11 National Origin Discrimination at the Department of Justice; and in senior roles at the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  He’s a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law.
Maha Elgenaidi
Maha Elgenaidi is the founder of ING and author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. She has taught classes on Islam in the modern world at Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations, the “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and the “Dorothy Irene Height Community Award” from the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She received an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and B.A in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo.
Raania Mohsen
Raania Mohsen is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of Vice Mayor Chappie Jones, City of San Jose. She has worked for 15 years as a public policy and government relations professional in local and state agencies throughout the Bay Area and has been instrumental in advancing regional policies addressing affordable housing, transportation, and economic development. She has previously worked for ING as the Community Engagement Manager, for the City of Santa Clara as a Management Analyst in the City Manager’s Office and for Cities Association of Santa Clara County as Executive Director. She is active in her community and volunteers regularly at local public schools. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and MBA Degrees from Santa Clara University.
Lyla Rayyan
Lyla Rayaan is a public relations professional at Salesforce. Prior to Salesforce, she worked for a San Francisco-based public relations agency, SutherlandGold Group, earning media coverage for clients including Zendesk, Revolve Clothing and ClassDojo. Lyla is passionate about diversity in media and the environment and volunteers regularly at local schools. Lyla holds Bachelor of Art degrees in Communications and International Relations from the University of California-Davis
Eahab Ibrahim
Eahab Ibrahim is a software engineer at Google. Eahab holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California-San Diego.