Mohammad was born in Lahore where he spent his first nine years before he, Fatima, and his mother, Farezeh, moved to Austin, Texas, for two years, and then relocating to Karachi. At nineteen he moved to Australia where he completed his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Sociology, followed by a Masters in International Business.
Mohammad has spent most of his career in Australia; starting off in the community and non-profit sector where he first gained hands-on experience on the front line helping to design and run programs for vulnerable children and young people. He then moved on to inform policy and practice, working on projects aimed at improving the outcomes for vulnerable people throughout Australia in the Aged Care, Health, and Human Services sectors. Interacting with both those receiving services and those creating policy and funding services, Mohammad gained invaluable experience understanding how disadvantage can be addressed.
His work took him to New Zealand, and California where he was able to spend time with Fatima and care for her through her illness. “In many ways, I think the 10 years I spent working in this capacity have given me the tools and skills I need to help the Chef Fatima Foundation achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. Perhaps that is why my career went in the direction it did so that one day I could help establish a non-profit organization and ensure that the work the Chef Fatima Foundation does, is in line with global best practices.”
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“Instead of sinking into the abyss that Fatima’s cancer brought, both she and I used to spend our time together trying to fight back, take control and shift the narrative that loomed over our heads from the moment we started searching for doctors in New York. The helplessness and hopelessness were tempting to give into – but I know my sister, and what she is capable of, so we decided to work on different projects ignoring what the future would hold for her. The truth is, none of us know what tomorrow will bring, an inconvenient truth that we tend to ignore in our everyday decision making.
Regardless, Fatima made plans for all sorts of things, and when the time came to confront the fact that many of those things would simply not be possible; the gnawing sense of lost time and dreams unfulfilled began to eat at us, or at least I know it did for me. It was the ultimate betrayal that life seemed to have thrown in her face: her rising star, just as she was coming into her own and was about to launch into the stratosphere, Fatima’s life was being yanked away from her. She and I would sit and talk, openly, and freely, about what she would want her legacy to be – what were the things that were important to her, what had she hoped to have achieved if given the chance to have more time and better health.
This was the genesis for the Chef Fatima Foundation, this is what makes up our core. She is my inspiration and her spirit can be found in you, too – you just have to listen to that little voice inside, that tells you to keep going, to cut out the noise. To be kind, generous, compassionate, forgiving, and to push yourself to be better, and to always remember to lead with love.”