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Chatham University 2017 Commencement Details & Speaker

PITTSBURGH: Chatham University’s Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 1:00 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The speaker and honorary degree recipient will be Dr. Deqo Aden Mohamed, the Chief Executive Officer of Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF), an organization working in Somalia to create access to basic human rights.

Dr. Mohamed is a Somali-born doctor who earned her MD in Moscow in 2000, and was an OB-GYN resident in Russia until 2003. She came to America as a refugee in 2003, becoming a naturalized American citizen in 2008.  Dr. Mohamed works full time on the ground in Somalia where she leads all operations in the Hawa Abdi Village in Lower Shabelle, while ensuring the safety of the 300 families who have found permanent shelter in the community. She leads the 400-bed Dr. Hawa Abdi General Hospital, the Waqaf-Diblawe Primary School, a women’s education center, and a smart farming agriculture project. She simultaneously manages the administrative aspects of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation as CEO of the organization in the United States.

Dr. Mohamed is the co-founder of Somalia Cancer Society where she actively raises awareness about cancer. Currently she has been selected to sit on the board of Fursad Fund, which raises money to rebuild Somalia and create jobs for Somali youth by Somali people around the globe. She is also advices on reproductive health at the Ministry of Health Somalia. Dr. Mohamed also worked with MSF (Doctors Without Borders) from 2008 to 2010 in Somalia during the measles outbreak in the country, and also led the MSF team for vaccination of over 14,000 children under the age of 5.

Dr. Mohamed was honored at Glamour Women of the Year in 2010 and Black Girls Rock at BET in 2012. She was also named to the Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program’s 2016 cohort at Yale University. Besides her work, Dr. Mohamed regularly attends conferences and speaks on behalf of DHAF and on Somalia. She has been an invited guest speaker at the World Forum on Human Rights in Brasilia, Brazil, and participated at a ceremony on kidney diseases in Chennai, India. Dr. Mohamed has been featured on media outlets such as TED, the Leonard Lopate Show, and the Daily Beast.