H.E Maxamed C. Farmaajo

H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is the 9th President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. He succeeded President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after a successful election victory on 8th February 2017 in Mogadishu.

He was appointed Somali Prime Minister in 2010 and confirmed by a landslide of 297 to 92 in the Somali Parliament; Mohamed Farmaajo served as Prime Minister until June 2011.

During his tenure, Farmaajo set Somalia on the path toward a sustainable, small and streamline bureaucracy, reducing the number of ministerial positions from 39 to 18 and instituting governmental reforms to increase transparency and promote zero tolerance of corruption. For the first time, Cabinet ministers were required to disclose their assets and sign a code of ethics, and an anti-corruption commission was established with the power to conduct independent investigations.

Mr. Farmaajo has improved security system by fighting effectively against insurgency in the southern region of the nation. His government succeeded to bring 80 percent of the population under the central government’s rule and the Al Shabaab terrorist organization was expelled from the capital city of Mogadishu.

Most notably, Mr. Farmaajo’s administration brought governmental stability to Somalia for the first time in more than 20 years. He included constitutional lawyers, religious scholars and cultural experts in his appointments to the Independent Constitutional Commission and shepherded Somalia in a prescribed transitional process to democracy.

He served as an administrator at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Somalia from 1982-1985, leaving to become the First Secretary in the Somali embassy in Washington. When Somalia descended into chaos in the late 1980s, Farmaajo remained in the United States. His abilities in government were quickly recognized and he served in various governmental positions over the last 20 years, including Commissioner and Finance Chairman for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and Equal Employment Manager at the New York State Department of Transportation.

More recently, in early 2012, Mr. Farmaajo and some members of his former Cabinet established the “Tayo” (Quality) political party to facilitate the post-conflict reconstruction process in Somalia.

He earned a Bachelor and Masters Degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and has taught leadership skills and conflict resolution as a Professor at Erie Community College.

He has two sons and two daughters, aged 13 to 23, with his wife, Saynab Moallim, and he was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1962.