O riginally from Somalia, Suad has also lived in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, and Austria. She speaks five languages and is currently learning her sixth: German.
A pharmacist, Suad works as an Assistant Consultant in the Austrian Red Cross and as an interpreter at Diakonie Österreich. She is a certified counselor regarding female genital mutilation (FGM) issues and is active in related community outreach. SDG 3 is especially important to Suad.
Suad is a sought-after panelist and presenter, known for her storytelling skills in a variety of areas. She has spoken at the United Nations on interreligious topics, contributed to a migration and health panel at European Forum Alpbach, and contributed to high-level events including at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and at an International Peace Day celebration hosted by the Second President of the Austrian Parliament.
Suad aims to spread awareness about refugee and migration issues, to improve the healthcare and pharmaceutical systems in developing countries, and to empower women. She often quotes Oprah Winfrey: ‘You become what you believe.’
Suad is one of the Founders of SDG 5 Thrive! – an initiative inspiring people across the world to act on issues that matter.
Mar 19: Suad with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen at the Chancellery event.
Mar 19: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 and discussing SDGs with Austrian Parliamentarian Dr. Alma Zadić.
Feb 19: Addressing a conference at the United Nations Vienna. Suad discussed the power of tolerance and hope.
Sept 18: Presenting a speech at the Diplomatic Academy (credit: Abdulla Abood).
Taking the role of a cultural ambassador in a learning exchange program.
Apr 19: Giving an educational workshop to members of the local community.
Mar 19: Attending Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen’s 2019 event for International Women’s Day
Feb 19: Participating in the 2019 Vienna V-Day performance of ‘A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer.’
Sept 18: Filming an Austrian Broadcasting Corporation television segment on integration at the KAICIID Dialogue Centre
Recording in Somali for Diakonie Catastrophe Help.
May 19: Speaking in Prague, Czech Republic on the topic of building an interreligious bridge of peace
Oct 18: Participating in a ProjectXchange and cross talk workshop at the Chancellery (credit: Carina Karlovits/HBF)