Meet the Office of Ethnic Communities newest member

Mohamud (Centre) receiving his Local Hero Award from the CE of Kiwbank (right) and the Mayor for Auckland Phil Goff (left)

Kia ora. My name is Mohamud Mohamed and I recently joined the Office of Ethnic Communities team as a Diversity & Engagement Advisor in Auckland.

I am passionate about enabling our diverse ethnic communities to prosper and thrive in New Zealand. I have an interest in issues of social justice, human rights, gender equality, youth development and supporting former refugee, and migrant communities.

Prior to coming to the Office of Ethnic Communities, I worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I also taught New Zealand Politics and Co-operative Education at Auckland University of Technology.

I am an alumnus of the Office of Ethnic Communities Youth Leadership Programme, and continued my work as an active citizen by serving as the Chair of ONKOD Somali Youth Development Inc. I also volunteered on the board of Migrant Action Trust, and worked with the Umma Trust. Most recently, my civic contribution was recognised when I was acknowledged as a finalist in the Kiwibank Local Hero category of the 2018 New Zealander of the Year Awards.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Conflict Resolution. I have recently completed a Master of Arts in Policy Studies with a thesis that examined refugee resettlement policies of the different political parties in New Zealand over the past 15 years.

I am looking forward to settling in and contributing to the flourishing ethnic diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.