This presentation is about an immigrant’s journey, his personal experiences and that of the very diverse Muslim community in our midst that he subscribes to. He will share the challenges they have faced, the alliances they have built and their model for mitigating these, and the vision for the future of their children.
Mustafa is a first-generation American, a native of Kenya with Indian ancestry. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and certified project manager (PMP) and works as a Research Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). He has lived in six countries, worked in ten and traveled 27 on four continents before settling in Washington State in 2000. He has led diverse disciplinary, multi-cultural teams and has served on the board of the local chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Interfaith Works. He is currently on the board of the Islamic Center of Olympia and the Civic Leaders Forum for the City of Lacey. Mustafa also serves on the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Conduct (CJC). His cross-cultural experience and background have enabled him to find common ground in values of people polarized through years of distrust and ignorance and has been able to achieve real and tangible results. He is also a polyglot–fluent in English, Gujarati, Swahili, and Hindi/Urdu, and can get by in Arabic and a couple more.