President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was born November 29, 1955 in Jalalaqsi, Somalia. President Mohamud attended primary and secondary school in his hometown. In 1981, he received an undergraduate degree in technology from Somali National University. In 1986, he went to India to pursue a Masters Degree from Bhopal University, which is now known as Baraktullah University. He completed his Masters Degree in technical education in 1988. President Mohamud is also a graduate from Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peace building Institute based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In 2001, he completed three of the SPI’s intensive courses, study mediation, trauma healing, and designing learner-centered trainings. After his return from studies, his Excellency accepted a position as an instructor and trainer at the Lafole Technical Secondary School. He later joined the Somali National University affiliated Technical Teacher’s Training College.


When the civil war broke out, his Excellency remained in Somalia. He acted as a consultant with various NGOs, UN bureaus, and peace and development projects. He worked as an education officer for UNICEF in the central and southern parts of the country from 1993 to 1995. In 1999, he co established the Somali Institute of Management and Administration (SIMAD) in the capital, Mogadishu. The institution subsequently grew into the SIMAD University, with Mohamud acting as dean until 2010. President Mohamud, entered politics the following year, when he established the independent Peace and Development Party (PDP). In 2012, President Mohamud was selected as a Member of Parliament (MP) in the newly formed Federal Parliament of Somalia. On September 12, 2012, legislators elected Mohamud as the President of Somalia. It was an historic moment for Somalia.


In April 2013, His Excellency was named to the Time 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. His efforts at advancing national reconciliation, anti-corruption measures, and socio-economic and security reforms in Somalia are just few reasons for President Mohamud to be one of 100 most influential people in the world