Get to know Khadija

Tell us a fun fact about your life outside of work.

I started my own baking business while still in medical school. I concentrated on creating job opportunities for underprivileged women. The business is no longer operational, but it is still my proudest achievement. I participated in one of the biggest food festivals in my country, was featured on a national magazine, and ensured the women who worked for me were successfully employed even after the business closed its doors. While I no longer bake professionally, my friends and family enjoy my skills to the most. Just this weekend, there was a request to transform a sheet cake for a Minecraft party.

What is your area of expertise and how did you end up there?

My area of expertise stems from the time I spent working as a front-line worker and understanding the nuances of the healthcare system on the ground. I wanted to combine my medical degree with a business lens as I firmly believed that people designing solutions should recognize those that experience the system. Through principles of business design, I reinforce my learnings in my day-to-day work.

What is your favorite Rabin Martin value?

Tenacity. I have found that every single one of my colleagues brings their best self to the work that we do. It is inspiring to watch them be relentless and excited with each project. They are incredibly skilled individuals that are open to sharing their experiences and helping each other grow.

What makes you proud to work for Rabin Martin?

I’m very proud of the work that we do. Our work concentrates on impact, which makes me feel like what I do is meaningful. When I switched to the business world, a core value I knew I needed in my job was that my work genuinely helped others.

What is the next place on your travel bucket list?

I absolutely love travelling. So far I have been to 11 countries. Next on my list is somewhere in Europe, maybe Italy or Spain

What’s the last book you couldn’t put down?

I recently had the privilege of reading The Handmaid’s Tale, which is absolutely brilliant. There is a portion that speaks to how the core character loses her financial independence. It was so powerful to read and hit a little close to home for me. I’m the only woman in my extended family that has not one but two professional degrees, is financially independent, and can support herself. I’m always grateful for the opportunities that have come my way and my parents who have been amazing cheerleaders.