Speaking topics: adversity, inclusion, migrants and refugee, leadership, policy and systems change

Guled is a former refugee with an inspiring story who is passionate about advancing the social well-being, inclusion and development of New Zealand’s ethnic and former refugee communities.

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.

Guled has served as a Policy Advisor in Central Government, as a Board Member, and speaks regularly at events and conferences. He is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most prominent young voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and welcoming society. He is the founder of the African Youth Forum, the co-founder of Our Space, and serves on the leadership team of Empower Youth.  

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