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Theme: Iskaa Wax U Qabso / Get Involved

This event occurred on
April 20, 2017
Mogadishu, Banaadir

Somalia’s greatest resource has always been its people. Their unbreakable spirit has lifted the country back onto the world stage, and Somalia’s capital city is now rising once again. In 2017, TEDxMogadishu will celebrate the hard work being done by Somalis, for Somalis. Iskaa Wax U Qabso is a call to action for everyone to play a role in shaping the future of Somalia at this critical moment in time. To collaborate, participate, volunteer and help fulfill the dreams of a nation – together. Somalia’s strength, stability and success is in the hands of its people, and we must all Get Involved.

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Abdiweli Waberi

Abdiweli Waberi was born in Gardo and later moved to Garowe to attend East Africa University. He received a diploma in Environmental Science, and at Puntland State University he is 3rd year law alumni. Waberi interned with Puntland Ministry of Justice as field facilitator focusing on issues of gender-based violence and currently he is the chair of African youth and child network for human rights Somali-Team, where he advocate for the rights of youth and children through political change and structural influence.

Ahmed Ibrahim

Ahmed Omar Ibrahim (Vision), is a humanitarian who helped launch the #CaawiWalaal (My Brother) campaign alongside a group of young Somalis in the diaspora and back home. It aims help millions of Somali families suffering from the drought and the famine. The initial target of the campaign is to sponsor 500 families living in the drought-affected areas in Somalia, with possibility of increasing in the future if they meet the initial target.

Charles Michel

Charles Michel spends much of his time thinking and speaking about the future of food, and has traveled extensively consulting on experience design. Raised in Colombia, South America, Charles grew up experiencing conflict and left to France to study culinary arts at the age of 18. He has published over a dozen papers in scientific journals on multi-sensory perception. At the intersection of science, art and entrepreneurship, Charles aims to inspire solutions for important challenges in the human/food/environment relationship.

Vik Sohonie

Vik Sohonie is the founder of Ostinato Records, which seeks to capture the music of misunderstood cultures that have experienced trauma of displacement. Vik has worked in Haiti, Cape Verde Islands, and recently Somalia to study and preserve music that often sits untouched and inaccessible in archives. He has digitized a significant portion of the Red Sea Foundation music archive, which contains a collection of close to 10,000 recordings, making it the largest Somali archive of its kind.

Organizing team


Mogadishu, Somalia


Washington, DC, United States
  • Sebastian Lindstrom