Former refugee from Somalia becomes Eli Lilly and Company Investor Relations Analyst

Originally from the country of Somalia, Mohamed Osman Mohamed, a 6-foot-6  Indiana University graduate now works as an Investor Relations Analyst for a well known pharmaceutical company. 

Originally from the country of Somalia, Mohamed Osman Mohamed, a 6-foot-6  Indiana University graduate now works as an Investor Relations Analyst for a well known pharmaceutical company.

Today 26-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamed barely resembles the person he was when he came to Indianapolis in 2010.  Born in Somalia, Mohamed left his country as a teenager after civil war broke out. He resettled in the Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world located in Kenya along with 500,000 other refugees fleeing conflict.

By the time Mohamed was 13 years old, his mother had died in Somalia after giving birth to his brother and his father was killed in the civil war, leaving him as an orphan. He left the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya where he lived and made it to the United States with the help from Exodus Refugee Immigration in Indianapolis.

Mohamed Osman Mohamed is grateful for the United States for providing him an opportunity to be here.

Though he was far from his family and in a foreign land, he was grateful to have safely arrived in a new place. A new world for him to build his future. Although he still looks back on that time in his life with fond memories. Mohamed still thinks of the refugee camp in Kenya where he lived and where his younger brother, aunt, cousins, and friends still reside.

Today, the well dressed former refugee, leader, and businessman barely resembles the shivering young man he was when he came to Indianapolis. He is now a U.S. citizen who speaks English fluently and advocates for refugees like himself who have fled terror and violence in hopes of a better life.

Living on the south side of Indianapolis, Mohamed now works in investor relations at Eli Lilly and Company in their corporate social responsibility office. Although Mohamed hopes to be reunited with his family one day. For now, he sends money back to them for his cousins’ education and works in his new home mentoring young people in situations similar to where he started.

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Mohamed is heavily involved in volunteering, working on his other goal of helping others, especially refugees. His unique experience of surviving as a refugee himself is behind his great compassion for other refugees. In a time when political discourse labels refugees as problems or burdens, people like Mohamed see them as human beings.

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