I’m Mohamed Muse Hassan, JICA ABE Initiative 3rd Batch participant from Somalia (click here if you don’t know much about Somalia). I arrived in Japan in August 2016, so I have been here for more than a year. Currently, I’m attending the Graduate School of Management, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Beppu, Oita. I’m studying Master of Business Administration, specializing in Marketing. This is my first time to do an internship in Japan, and I’m now working with World Lead Co., Ltd., a new Japanese car selling company that’s targeting Africa.
Before I Came Here:
I was the deputy director, public relations of SIMAD University, one of the best universities in Somalia. Specifically, I was the social media manager and webmaster of the university. I was also a lecturer for almost 4 years at the institution, teaching business-related courses.
I’m a heavy user of the Internet, but for good reasons. During the early part of my career, I clearly knew what I had to do: to use the Internet for my professional development. As a result, I got more credentials from some of the best universities in the world. I also regularly give workshops related to taking advantage of the Internet academically to my students. I strongly believe the Internet is the best equalizer of global inequality.
I’m a blogger since 2006 (I’m not old though), but now I publish on MM Digital Agency, which is my personal blog to reflect on my life (both personal and professional) as it progresses. Subscribe it if you want to follow me.
I have a long-term career plan of creating my own digital marketing agency; but before I start practically working on that goal, I want to finish my education in Japan and link Japanese companies with Somali companies. One thing I realized here is that Japanese companies want to do business in Africa, but they don’t have enough information to act upon. I want to play that role.
I also want to start a center for innovation that trains our people with the technical skills necessary to improve their lives. I want to contribute to the development of the human resources that are highly needed in our priority development sectors: the agriculture, livestock, and fishery. Somalia, in my belief, can recover quickly and develop faster with a focus on those critical sectors.
Although I’m a business graduate, I’m also a self-made technologist; therefore, a business technologist (I’m a Google certified marketer). I have a dream of being a responsible citizen that changes the lives of his people and the whole world. I want to pursue that dream right after I finish my duties in Japan.