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Muna Hussaini manages Inclusion & Diversity programs at PayPal and is responsible for rolling out Recharge, a program focused on bringing women technologists who have taken a career break back into the workforce. Previously, Muna served as Chief of Staff for Magento’s Technology organization managing operation rhythms, staffing plans, and $40 million budget across 5 worldwide locations. She was also responsible for leading Magento’s Enterprise Edition release, which eliminated scalability concerns and improved speed and reliability. Prior roles include leading software, application deployment, infrastructure, hardware, storage, networking, and mobile focused programs at PayPal, eBay, and IBM.
Wearing hijab post 9-11 made Muna a target of hate crimes. She suffered through many hate incidents and now uses these experiences to speak out against bigotry while redefining the Muslim American narrative. Currently, Muna serves on the City of Austin Hate Crimes Task force, regularly speaks on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League, and has been featured on KLRU’s Civic Summit. She was a speaker at the Women’s March in Austin, TX and served as co-MC for Austin’s No Ban No Wall rally. Muna also serves on the board of Interfaith Action of Central Texas.
Muna is married, has two kids, and a very large Hyderabadi family. In her personal time she enjoys hiking with her family, finding the best queso joints in Austin, and playing volleyball. Muna is also a proud longhorn, hook ‘em!
Mona Youssef has been a Referee in the Wayne County Juvenile Court, a branch of Michigan’s 3rd Circuit Court, since 2010. As a Referee, she presides over child abuse/neglect & juvenile delinquency proceedings. Mona obtained her bachelors and JD from the University of Michigan. Mona has worked in private practice with a heavy pro-bono component and was previously an Assistant Attorney General. The vast majority off her legal career has been in public service. Mona is married and is the mother of 4 children.
Dr Azeem Ibrahim is a Fellow at Mansfield College, University of Oxford and Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and has previously been appointed an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a World Fellow at Yale University.
Over the years, Dr Ibrahim has met and advised numerous world leaders on policy development. In his most recent roles, he served as National Security and Defence Policy Advisor to the Leader of the (UK) Labour Party, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, and the Shadow Cabinet from 2012 to 2015; and as Strategic Policy Advisor to the Chairman of Pakistan’s PTI party, Imran Khan.
Outside academia, Dr Ibrahim has been a reservist in the IV Battalion Parachute Regiment (UK’s elite airborne infantry reserve) and a multi-award winning entrepreneur. He was ranked as a Top 100 Global Thinker by the European Social Think Tank in 2010 and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. External Event Url
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