Background History of Mohamed Ali Hassan
Leadership role, I got an early start. While a senior in Benadir high school, I was hired to coach Waxool Basketball teams for (men & women), the LLPP (Jenyo) Basketball team for women. Afterward, for several years I coached both the male and female National Press Agency, Madbacada basketball teams. All of these were professional Somali teams.
Adventure to Kuwait
From 1978 to 1982, I resided in Kuwait, where I was employed as a Aerimpiampi Co., warehouse supervisor and as a banking employee for the Commercial Bank of Kuwait. Also, I was hired to coach Nadi Sulaybikhat professional Junior Basketball team.
Travel to U.S.A
In 1982, I came to the United States on a Student Visa. I graduated from the University of Maryland in 1987. I worked in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector, I worked for the District of Columbia Department of Human Services. In the private sector, I worked for Prudential Insurance, Citibank and Riggs (now PNC) Bank in the District of Columbia. In 2007, I cofounded Iron Transportation, Inc. in Washington, DC.
Love of Motherland
As time has moved on, my concerns for Somalia have only increased. In Operation Restore Hope (1992-1993) I served both Somalia and America in the U.S. Marine Corps. I was awarded a Letter of Recognition for Excellent Service by General Johnson who was head of the operation. Afterward, in 2006, my Somali brothers and I found the Somali-American Peace Council. We are now very hopeful that the current Administration will implement a constructive plan of engagement with Somalia – with a view toward establishing peace.
I founded International Development Enterprise Access (IDEA), to facilitate improvement in the quality of life for Somalis through health and educational programs funded by the international agencies. I bring to this venture an intimate knowledge of the people of Somali and the complexities of their challenges.
I believe that throughout the vast Somali diasporas, a fundamental state of peace in Somalia is possible. I am convinced that our working together to establish this peace will and in turn, open the doors to a much improved quality of life for all Somalis. We have seen with our own eyes that where there is overwhelming chaos, violence and strife, there can be no significant progress toward improved conditions for living. As Somalis, we share a spiritual grounding, common language, and common culture that compels us to a higher standard for living – that of loving, respecting and caring for one another.
It is time for us to prayerfully reach across tribal lines to share our stories of pain, fear, loss and anguish. In guided discussions, we must share, as well, our hopes and visions for a new Somalia of peace and prosperity. We must pool strategic ideas for rebuilding and sustaining Somalia.
In a meaningful way, every able citizen can be involved in this process of reconciliation and rebuilding. This peaceful venture can and must involve families, schools, spiritual leaders, business and government leaders and employees. I believe a growing unity will inevitably materialize as we move forward, in this vein, to heights yet unknown. But we must first begin.