Dr. Suad Mohamed
O riginally from Somalia, Suad has also lived in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, and Austria. She speaks six languages: Somali, Arabic, German, English, Hindi and Urdu.
Suad graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Karachi. She works as a Social Medical Consultant (including psychological counseling) at Diakonie Österreich and as an Assistant Consultant at the Austrian Red Cross. 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 the Founder of the Somalia Health Club which is a space to help the global Somali community meet with Somali health professionals and ask questions regarding medical topics, especially in relation to Covid-19 and vaccines (Instagram).
She has been a Board Member of the Global Somali Diaspora (GSD) since 2021, also serving on its Youth Committee. GSD advocates and promotes the full integration of Somali Diaspora communities within their host nations while also remaining connected to their cultural heritage.
Examples of Dr. Suad Mohamed’s multimedia work at European Forum Alpbach
Interview of former UN SG Ban Ki-moon
Interview of Pascal Lamy
A selection of ongoing global advocacy activities
Mar 22: Have been a member of the UNHCR Refugee Team of Austria since March 2021. The Team meets regularly to ensure that perspectives of different communities are included in UNHCR activities. This photo is from the recent visit to Vienna of Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly T. Clements.
Dec 21: Interview with BBC Somalia in London about the Omicron virus and how it differs from the Delta variant.
Feb 20: Presenting at a Migration Symposium of the International Christian School of Vienna
Jun 20: In an Austrian Red Cross studio (Roten Kreuzes Niederösterreich) filming a seminar about violence and Female Genital Mutilation for over 70 participants.
May 20: An image from ‘The Experiment’ film, which aims at confronting prejudices and extremism while building understanding. You can see the film here.
Apr 20: Supporting the NGO Aktion Regen in filming a public service announcement about a simple way to promote awareness about fertility and contraception. You can see the film here.
Jan 20: Attending “Cultural Management” at the University of Vienna. My project aims at building communication ties between migrant and/or refugee newcomers to Vienna and locals.
Nov 19: Delighted to be invited to be a Board Member of the IG Wien Initiative Group connected to European Forum Alpbach. The group is aimed at promoting diversity and open discourse.
Nov 19: The Telemedicine team formed at European Forum Alpbach this summer is making good progress with our project.
Oct 19: Giving a presentation at the OSCE-wide Youth Forum in Bratislava.
Sept 19: Participating in an EFA Learning Mission on the topic of Design Thinking
Aug 19: Meeting former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (credit: EFA – Matteo Vegetti).
Aug 19: Joining the Fridays for Future march at European Forum Alpbach (credit: EFA – Matteo Vegetti).
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).
Sept 18: Filming an Austrian Broadcasting Corporation television segment on integration at the KAICIID Dialogue Centre
Mar 18: After an awareness-raising workshop at an employment agency. Emphasis on the value of people of a refugee background.
Apr 22: A social media posting from Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly T. Clements showing our meeting and quoting me.
Apr 21: Among the winners of the International Association of Youth and Students for Peace (IAYSP) Youth Heroes’ Awards.
Feb 21: Launch of VIDC’s report about the Somali community in Austria co-written by Suad Mohamed and Jamal Mataan
Aug 20: IG Vienna Board Members welcoming Scholarship Holders to European Forum Alpbach 2020
Jul 20: Continuation of my cooperation with VIDC (which started in Feb 20) to co-organize and moderate a major conference on the Horn of Africa and Somalia in Oct 20.
Jun 20: Joined the Black Lives Matters demonstrations calling for respect, tolerance and an end to systematic racism. 50,000 people were at this Vienna event.
Apr 20: A close-up from the film which promotes knowledge and awareness for self-determined women. This is an extension of my outreach work regarding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Jan 20: The graduation ceremony of the “Cultural Management” postgraduate program in which we gained strategic knowledge and practical skills in an interdisciplinary approach.
Dec 19: Honored to participate in an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference in Bratislava focused on young people’s perspectives on how to build a safer future.
Nov 19: Speaking at the 10th anniversary of the Project Xchange and cross talk program of the Austrian Red Cross aimed at promoting integration.
Oct 19: This OSCE event was focused on engaging youth for a safer future (credit: Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens)
Sept 19: Pitching the Telemedicine group project during the FRANS competition at European Forum Alpbach (credit: EFA – Jannik Rakusa)
Aug 19: Interviewing former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at European Forum Alpbach (credit: EFA – Matteo Vegetti).
Aug 19: Appearing on a panel about young people as agents of peace and social change at the IPI Vienna Seminar at the Federal Ministry of Austria for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA)
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.’
Oct 18: Taking the role of a cultural ambassador in the Project Xchange program of the Austrian Red Cross.
Sept 18: After speaking at the multimedia event on “Global Citizenship in a Time of War” at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens (credit: Minji Kwag).
Jun 22: Attended the International Conference on Diaspora Humanitarianism in Geneva, Switzerland by Diaspora Emergency Action and Coordination (DEMAC) and DCR. We discussed how diaspora engagement can be further reflected and integrated in the humanitarian system and how to build a related communication platform.
Dec 21: Participated in ‘Migration in Focus: Addressing Informational Challenges in Humanitarian Actions’, a hybrid conference in Malta
Nov 21: Joined an EU advocacy training seminar by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) in Brussels, Belgium.
Mar 21: Founded the Somali Health Club to unite local and Diaspora health professionals in sharing information and promoting positive change.
Sep 20: Visiting Federal Minister Alma Zadic with IG Vienna
Jul 20: Due to the success of our first online event, we are now planning the next about the significant impact of Diaspora communities on economic, social and political development.
June 20: Co-led an online event (with the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation) in which Somalis shared best practices for outreach during the pandemic.
May 20: Final group shot of the cast of ‘The Experiment’, in which I was happy to
participate. The premise is that ‘when we ask other questions, we see how much connects us.’
Feb 20: Many activities connected to my position as a Board Member of IG Wien. We are supporting scholarship holders at the European Forum Alpbach and organizing related events.
Jan 20: In connection to the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, I participated in the filming of a discussion segment on female empowerment to be used in a global online course.
Nov 19: Honored to receive the recognition as Ambassador of the Project Xchange program of the Austrian Red Cross from its Secretary General Michael Opriesnig.
Oct 19: Taking part in the Certificate Course ‘Cultural Management’ at the University of Vienna Postgraduate Center
Sept 19: The Telemedicine team celebrates having won first place in the EFA FRANS competition (credit: EFA – Jannik Rakusa)
Aug 19: Interviewing Pascal Lamy, former DG of the World Trade Organization at European Forum Alpbach (credit: EFA – Matteo Vegetti).
June 19: After delivering a German-language speech at KAICIID in honor of World Refugee Day 2019. (credit: KAICIID)
May 19: Speaking in Prague, Czech Republic on the topic of building an interreligious bridge of peace
Feb 19: (Urdu-language) article covering the United Nations Vienna UPF event for World Interfaith Harmony Week at which Suad spoke.
Oct 18: Participating in a ProjectXchange and cross talk workshop at the Chancellery (credit: Carina Karlovits/HBF)
Sept 18: With the Second President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament after an event showcasing young women who had escaped from war zones.
Aug 18: Recording in Somali for Diakonie Catastrophe Help.