Somali Professionals Podcast
Listen to inspirational stories of Somali Professionals and business owners. We will have an Awesome guest every week who will share their journey to success , challenges and failures along the way and how they moved forward.
How i became Head of Advanced Application & Analytics with Mohamed Jama
May 3, 2021 • 59 MIN
Salam Alikum and Ramadan Kareem, we wish you all a blessed Ramadan. I can't believe we are in the last few days of this blessed month. This week are excited to chat with Mohamed Jama regarding his journey into a senior leadership position in the Tech industry, and we spoke about how to navigate the workplace as a black Muslim in a non-diverse environment. Mohamed Bio Mohamed is a technology veteran with a passion for designing large - scale, highly scalable platforms from banking to e-commerce and now heading the biomedical informatics department in a research hospital. last but not least, Mohamed loves learning languages and he 4.5 languages. If Mohamed story resonates with you please do follow his podcast which is called Boodkast via this link and connect with him on LinkedIn Our dear listeners thank you so much for supporting us honestly you guys are the best and we appreciate you. Please don't forget to leave us a review and subscribe : ) We LOVE reading your emails /messages. For any feedback, questions, requests and collaboration, please email us at See you next week for another episode.
How I got my dream Tech Career with Mustafa Farah
April 18, 2021 • 67 MIN
Salam Alikum and Ramadan Kareem, we are wishing you all a blessed Ramadan. In this episode, I was really excited to interview Mustafa Farah who is a Senior VP Product Manager at Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo one of the four most prominent financial institutions in the United States. He works closely with commercial banking customers to streamline and automate payables processes and solutions. Mustafa is an API Build & Enablement Leader, Certified Full-Stack Developer, Fintech Monetization Expert and combines software program creation, design, and enhancements in a challenging cross-functional environment. One that utilizes teamwork effort for researching, learning, and developing new high-tech products for clients in the data and financial payments space.” If Mustafa's Story resonates and you are interested in a tech career in product management do connect with him on LinkedIn connect on Instagram @thereal_M00se We LOVE reading your emails /message and thank you so much for supporting us. Please for any feedback, questions, requests and collaboration, please email us at See you next week for another episode.
How I became a software engineer with Abdullahi Abdinur
April 10, 2021 • 59 MIN
Hello everyone, we are back, recharged and feeling fresh after taking a couple of weeks to break to prioritise business deadlines & juggle personal life. I absolutely missed the podcast and reading all your emails/DMs. I promise we will get back to every message soon, and grateful for checking on me. All is well just needed a break : ) This week I was really excited to interview Abdullahi was born in Somalia and raised in Kenya. Abdullahi & his family live in the USA, and He has successfully completed his bachelors in computer science at UWB in 2017 and started working as a software engineer at Visa. Currently, Abduallhi pursuing his masters in Data Science while still working as a software engineer. If Abduallhi’s story resonates, you are welcome to connect with him on LinkedIn. We love reading your message, and thank you so much for supporting us. Please for any feedback, questions, requests and collaboration, please email us at See you next week for another episode.
How I climbed the corporate ladder with Mariam Farah
March 2, 2021 • 40 MIN
Dear listeners welcome back to another inspiring podcast. This week we have Mariam Farah. We had a great conversation with Mariam about all things career working in the city of London. Mariam, is an experienced, bilingual (English and Dutch), Assistant Director, who is responsible for scaling and activating EY solutions, campaigns, and products across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. Alongside this role, Mariam is responsible for driving integrated go-to-market initiatives and campaigns to support accounts, sectors and clients respond to megatrends and marco-economic changes. Prior to this, Mariam was part of the EY Global Consulting team, where she was responsible for leading campaigns and integrated GTM initiatives across multiple global solutions, sectors and functions. Mariam is passionate about connecting, and developing the next generation through mentoring. With 8+years of professional services experience, Mariam has a breadth of exposure across the Big Four, and a variety of industries & client groups within matrix structured international organisations. We love reading your message and thank you so much for supporting us. Please for any feedback, questions, requests and collaboration please email us at See you next week for another episode.
From Med school to national TV comedy show with Guled Abdi
February 13, 2021 • 71 MIN
Salam Alikum and a big warm hello to all our wonderful listeners across the globe. We are really delighted this week to speak with Guled Abdi from Toronto Canada, we talked about his journey to following his passion, overcoming challenges & staring in his own comedy National TV show called Tall Boyz with his best friends. The second season of the show launches on 16th February on CBC make sure to check it out and show our brother support : ) Bio: Guled Abdi is a Toronto based comedian, writer and 1/4 of the multi-award-winning sketch troupe TallBoyz II Men. He's performed at OFF-JFL, Montreal Sketchfest and the Toronto Fringe Festival just to name a few. Guled thanks you for reading his bio and hopes you'll watch TallBoyz on CBC and CBC Gem. You can follow Guled on social media: Social Media Handles: IG: @gul3d Twitter: @guuuuuuuulead @tallboyzisashow We have a big treat for you this week we released two episodes in the same week you asked and we delivered. Make sure you go back and listen to our new episode 10 it’s a great episode which Talks about starting international consultancy business in Africa with Hodan. We love reading your message and thank you so much for supporting us. Please For any feedback, questions, requests and collaboration please email us at See you next week for another episode.
How i started my international development consultancy with Hodan Hassan.
February 11, 2021 • 52 MIN
Hello dear listeners Welcome to another wonderful podcast episode. We are delighted to welcome Hodan Hassan to our episode this week. Hodan is an Executive Director, who brings 18 years of experience in international development and public advocacy, of which 12 years are in mid and senior-level positions. She is known for her proven ability to lead teams, to build consensus amongst stakeholders, and to coordinate the work of complex multicultural and multidisciplinary organizations. The firm has a wide range of subject-matter experts within its network. Website to Hodan’s business For any questions and collaboration please email us at
Determination leads to success with Abdullahi Abdulle
January 25, 2021 • 68 MIN
Dear listeners welcome back to another great inspiring story. This week we are excited to speak with Abdullahi Abdulle who was recently elected Council Member Elect for New Brighton in the USA. Abdullahi Abdulle is a Councilmember Elect for the City of New Brighton in Minnesota. On January 12, 2021, he was sworn-in as the first Muslim, black, immigrant councilmember to be elected for the office. Abdullahi is a Somali American immigrant and veteran of the Minnesota Army National Guard. He holds a B.S. in Construction Management, an M.A. in Urban Planning, and a graduate certificate in Local Government Management. Abdullahi currently works for the City of Minneapolis as a transportation planner where manages capital projects and programs. He strives to ensure those city policies and plans align with community goals and needs during project selection and implementation. As a city planner, Abdullahi is dedicated to improving people’s quality of life, especially the most vulnerable members of the community such as young children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, new immigrants, low-income individuals, and historically marginalized communities. Abdullahi has a true passion for fostering an inclusive environment and fixing systemic injustices that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. If you have any feedback re this episode or anything else such as collaborations we would love to hear it. Please email us at:
Taking a leap of faith starting new business! with Mohamoud Yussuf
January 10, 2021 • 44 MIN
Happy New Year Welcome to 2021 I think most of us we’re hoping to have left COVID-19 in 2020 but unfortunately, it’s still here and in my part of the world in England we are even on stricter restrictions this January the local schools have closed and once again it’s back to homeschooling. We can only pray that inshallah this situation gets better and that we can enjoy some sort of normality again whatever it looks like in future. We hope you are all keeping safe. Thank you so much for all your support. We appreciate you. Please keeps writing to us we love getting your emails we can do shout out & answer any questions you have. Email us at : This weeks guest without any further delays is the wonderful Mohamoud Yussuf who’s an entrepreneur from London. You will love Mohamoud authentic story. Mohamoud’s Bio Mohamoud Yussuf is the founder and Director of Little Aisha Nursery, a chain of nursery’s currently based in Northwest London. Mohamoud has worked tirelessly to bring affordable, inclusive childcare to disadvantaged local communities and has seen Little Aisha thrive and grow in the 5 years since its inception. Mohamoud is currently working to expand his nursery empire, with a view to making Little Aisha a nation-wide organisation. Outside of his work as Nursery Director, Mohamoud spends much of his time engaged in community and charity work has been instrumental in organising aid for those in need during the Syrian civil war and also organising the delivery of essential items to those made homeless following the Grenfell disaster. When he is not running Little Aisha or engaging in community projects, Mohamoud is a dedicated family man and father of four with a very serious travel addiction! He is shortly embarking on a world tour which he plans to vlog. Check Mohamoud business website Instagram @littleaisha Instagram @ travelingwithmoody Linkedin
Finding my dream career & Life lessons with Amina Ibrahim MBE
December 30, 2020 • 110 MIN
Welcome back to our podcast and BIG thank you for all the continuous love & support. WOW we are in the last week of December 2020 alhamdulillah we all made it through this far with an ongoing global pandemic. We are still on strict Lockdown tier 4 in my part of the world in England due to Covid19 high infection rates. Inshallah Khair and things will improve soon. There is always hope. I hope you are looking after yourself and mental health during this challenging time. This week to brighten our week we have an extra special episode with the longer format it's our end of year special and I am so happy to chat with the wonderful Amina Ibrahim MBE who is a Senior Operating Department Practitioner working at the NHS. Amina works in London ( originally she is from Sheffield ) She has an impressive career thus far working in different countries across the world. Amina was named on the list of 100 Women in Healthcare leadership and she is also the founder of SHE ( Somali Health Exchange) Last but not least Amina was recently honoured on the Queens Birthday Honours List with MBE title. In this almost 2 hours special, we laughed and we reflected on personal challenges. we spoke about all lots of things from childhood being firstborn, the first experience going to university and starting a new job in a new city and new country across the world. We talked about challenging experiences and we talk about solutions. Amina had great advice and words of wisdom find out what the great advice is by listening to this episode. We would love to hear you're feedback Please do email us at and we will give you a shoutout on the next episode. I love reading all you're email so please keep them coming : ) We are also now on social media Twitter & Instagram. Please do Tells us what do you enjoy about the podcast? What part resonated with you about our story? What has been your favourite episode so far? What can we do better? Anything else you would like to share. Please kindly could you also review us on Apple podcast and Spotify those help us to increase our visitability so more people can benefit from the inspiring stories. : )
From employee to entrepreneurship lessons with Abu Bakar Ismail.
December 16, 2020 • 63 MIN
This week we are excited to chat with Abu Bakar Ismail. Tune in to hear his full story. Abu Bakar Ismail is the founder of Riyo Reality, a boutique advisory firm that advances the strategic business and communication interest of private and public stakeholders across the Middle East and Africa. He currently works with the Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi to promote the culture of data and statistics in the emirates and across the UAE. Prior to setting up his firm, Abu Bakar spent 18 years supporting clients develop and grow their market share in the Energy, Healthcare, Technology and Education sector. Abu Bakar is also a co-founder of SomaliPN, a platform that mentors and connects professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners and students across 6 continents. Just after high school, Abu Bakar spent two years working with humanitarian organizations such as UNDP, Save the Children and WHO in East Africa – which greatly influenced his passion for giving back to society and the empowering youths. Abu Bakar speaks English and Arabic, Somali, Swahili and a little bit of Urdu and Dutch.
The Dadaab Entrepreneur with Mohammed Hassan
December 2, 2020 • 39 MIN
Dear Listeners Welcome back to our weekly podcast. I am really excited for you to meet Mohammed and hear his incredible story not accepting the status quo by starting a successful online business while living in Dadaab which is one of the worlds largest refugee camps. This is a story of resilience and powerful positive outlook. *Please note that there are few echo issues on this episode which are due to the location of our guest this was out of control* Follow us on social media we would love to hear your feedback. Instagram/ Facebook @Somaliprofessionalspodcast Connect with Mohamed Hassan via his business website Also for any work queries reach out to him via Upwork platform Mohamed is also active on LinkedIn
How curiosity got me my dream role with Fatima Ibrahim
October 30, 2020 • 41 MIN
This week episode i had a fantastic time speaking with the wonderful brilliant and curious Fatima Ibrahim honestly i think you would love hearing Fatima's Story. Let us know what you all think via our social media :) Fatima Ibrahim was born in Somalia and immigrated to the United States with her family in the early 90’s. She grew up in San Jose, California where she completed all her studies, primary (elementary) school through university. Fatima obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from San Jose State University. She went on to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers also known as PwC as a financial auditor. Fatima has worked for PwC for the last six years and has transitioned from audit to Human Capital. She is also currently pursuing her graduate degree in Organization Development at the University of San Francisco. Fatima resides in San Jose, California with her parents and younger brother. She enjoys spending time with her friends, being in nature, and most of all drinking coffee.
Never give up even when starting from Scratch with CEO Jawaahir Daahir a brilliant somali boss lady!!!!
October 23, 2020 • 42 MIN
Season 1 Episode 3: In this episode I am excited to have a chat with Jawaahir Daahir BEM ( CEO of Global Somali Diaspora & GSD & Somali Development services Jawahiir is an ambitious incredible kind individual and her story is about perseverance and never giving up even if it means starting from beginning again. Reach out to Chief Executive Officer CEO Jawaahir Dahir by following her organisation on facebook , Instagram and twitter. Global Somali Diaspora- Somali Development services -
Why your mental health should be a priority to be successful with expert psychotherapist Abdibasid
October 14, 2020 • 39 MIN
Season 1 Episode 2: In this Episode I had opportunity to chat about why Mental Health equals wealth with the brilliant Abdibasid psychotherapist and behavioural analyst. Connect with Abdibasid on Instagram:
Somali Professionals podcast Introduction - Season 1 Episode 1
January 1, 2020 • 1 MIN
Hello and welcome to Somali Professionals podcast. I am your host Samira Ali over the series i will be interviewing many inspiring Somali professionals and business owners from across the globe. Bringing you real stories of grit , failures and success to achieve the dreams. Please follow us on social media and share our Podacast so others can benefit by being inspired and taking action to achieve their dreams. Remember nothing is Impossible and the word Impossible means I am Possible when you break it down : ) --- Send in a voice message: