Community leader, advocate, writer and former refugee
Guled is a former refugee who is passionate about advancing and encouraging the social well-being, inclusion and development of New Zealand’s ethnic and former refugee communities. Guled is a writer, speaker, young leader and community advocate. He is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most prominent young voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and welcoming society. He serves on the boards of a number of community organisations, and is the founder of the African Youth Forum, the co-founder of Third Culture Minds, a member of the Asia New Zealand Leadership Network and serves on the leadership team of Empower Youth.
He was just six-years-old when his mother, a solo-parent, fled the strife of Somalia’s civil war with her nine children for a better life in New Zealand. Facing racism at school, Guled was discouraged from pursuing a higher education and left at sixteen. This wasn’t it for Guled. He went on to excel at university and is now a Senior Policy Advisor in the public sector.
He uses his platform and profile to facilitate courageous conversations about racism and discrimination in New Zealand and what we need to do to build a truly inclusive, welcoming society. Guled believes these discussions, and the policies and behavioural shifts that they support, are key to Aotearoa and the people who are blessed to live here reaching full potential. He is a big fan of having open conversations about mental health and has been championing work, through his organisation Third Culture Minds, to support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to get the support they need.