About Us

Jaylani Hussein

Chief Consultant

In 2013, Jaylani created Zeila Consultants to develop and offer cross-cultural training workshops on East African cultures. Hussein has presented on the Somali Culture to diverse public and private organizations across the US. He specializes in the areas of urban planning, community development, youth development (with over 8 years experience in working in juvenile treatment centers for court adjudicated youth), legal and civil rights.

Hussein has been active with various community organizations in Minnesota, including the Islamic Cultural Center of Minnesota Board of Directors, Wilder Foundation Advisory Board, Muslim Youth of Minnesota Advisory Board, Islamic Resource Group Speakers Bureau, and ARAHA Board of Directors. He has traveled to the Horn of Africa twice on behalf of ARAHA, to open a regional field office and oversee large-scale humanitarian projects during the Somali Famine of 2011. Hussein received the 2015 the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) annual "Visionary Leader” Award. Hussein received the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He was also named the 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans by JCI. In 2016, Hussein was appointed to the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations. He received the 2017 Twin Cities International Citizen Awards for Social Justice.

Hussein appears regularly on Minnesota's local television and radio stations. He has also appeared national and international outlets including ABC News, CNN, FOX BUSINESS, NPR, BBC among other outlets.

Hussein's family emigrated from Somalia to Minnesota in 1993 and he is trilingual (English, Somali, Arabic). Hussein holds degrees in Community Development and City Planning from St. Cloud State University and Political Science from North Dakota State University.


Associate Consultant

Currently Fardosa serves as Muslim Chaplain at Augsburg University. Fardosa is a sought out speakers on Interfaith dialogue and interfaith youth development as well as presentation on the understanding of Islam and Muslims in America. She has traveled the nation speaking to different Universities and faith communities. She presented in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions on the topic of “ Peacemaking and Bridge Building at the Grassroots between Muslims and Non-Muslims” . She has also co-lead interfaith engagement to Norway on interfaith engagement and peace and conflict studies. Her work was profiled by a number of media outlets including the Startribune, Women's Press, Living Lutheran, NY times "Muslim College Chaplains Extend a Hand Across Religious Divides".

Fardosa also works as the Interfaith Youth Connection Program Director at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. Fardosa has obtained degree in sociology and international relations. Fardosa served on a number of community organizations across the state including both religious and community based organizations. She has received number of recognition including 2017 Twin Cities International Citizen Awards for Social Justice and Courageous Woman Award. She was recognized by President Barack Obama and invited to the White House to take part in the Interfaith Campus Challenge. Previous work includes the Kenya Parliament. Currently Fardosa serves as fellow at the Collegeville Institute Multi-Religious.

Mohamed Farid

Education Consultant

Mohamed Farid is a former governor of the Central Bank of Somali who resettled in Minnesota in the early 90's. He changed careers to help the influx of Somali immigrants to Minnesota by becoming an educator. Mohamed has a Master’s in Education from Hamline University. Mohamed has over 15 years of teaching experiences in Elementary, Middle and Highs Schools in the Minneapolis Public Schools. Mohamed focused on ESL bilingual teaching among other roles. As adjunct professor at University of Hamline, Mohamed taught intro to Somali Culture for Educators and other professionalism across the state.

Mohamed has also co-authored a book titled "Accommodating and educating Somali Students in Minnesota Schools: a handbook for teachers and administrators". This is an informative book that covers the background on the history of the Somali people and their migration as well as the Diaspora Somali Community in Minnesota. If focuses on lives of the Diaspora Community in Minnesota and their experiences in the schools system. A series of case studies and vignettes are used to provide information that educators can apply to their students. Additionally, it Includes discussion questions that would be appropriate for a teacher staff development activity. A super easy read and worth checking out if you are connected to the schools or want to learn more about the Somali Diaspora Community and its Youth. It includes a number of explanations of the difference of cultural and religious differences

Among other works, Mohamed helped guide the Minneapolis Public schools in working with Somali Students and their families. Mohamed is currently retired and travels between his home in Columbia Heights, MN and Northern Somalia.

Mohamed has lectured and keynoted in number of events across the country. He is often sought out for consultation for education related projects.