Who is the Professor Mohamed Abdi Gandi- The President of Somalia State of Azania.
Professor Mohamed Abdi Xaji-Mohamed, Nicknamed “Gandhi” is from Somalia. From childhood, young Mohamed was great student and managed to memorize the Koran at an early age and he excelled in his elementary schooling as well. He was accepted the most prestigious high school at the time Jamal Abdelnazer high school in the Somali Capital of Mogadishu where he graduated as honor student in the class of 1970. He was one of the top students in his high school and the entire country for that year and was awarded a full a scholarship to go to France for higher education. The professor arrived France in October 1972 to attend the Besançon University. There he majored in Geology and graduated with a B.A. in September 1976. Then he continued on to acquire his Master of Science in Geology in 1979 and obtain his Ph. D on June 1983, while he was acquiring His Ph. D, he did research on Gas and Hydrogen in Somalia and created a Thesis Title that was called the “Study of Geological Hydrogen and Gas in Central Somalia (Somali Democratic Republic)”. After graduation, Gandhi started lecturing at the same University.The Professor’s love for higher education did not stop there, but he continued to pursue another major (history and civilization of antique) and received his second Ph. D in 1990. Through that decade the professor did continued lecturing the university of Besancon, France.
Prof Gandhi also received his Certificate in Anthropology of Space, around the month of March 1992, at University of New Lisbon, under the Erasmus exchange.
In addition to that he received a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) from Besançon University in Besançon, France. In 1998, Where he can lead and supervise Ph.D research.
Prof Gandhi was awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the French Academy.
He also served as a senior program advisor of UNDP Somalia in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR).
An active participant in the Somali peace process, Gandhi was a Lead Consultant in Mapping the Somali Civil Society. He also chaired the Technical Committee at the Arta Somali Peace process that took place in Arta, Djibouti, as well as being a member of the Somali Civil Society at the Somali Peace and Reconciliation Conference that was held in Kenya.
Mohamed Cabdi Mohamed (Gandhi) is an accomplished author; he has published 12 books in addition to more than 50 scientific articles in various academic journals. He has also edited three studies.Professor Mohamed Abdi Mohamed recently elected the President of Azania States in 2011. Professor Gandhi previously served as a Defense Secretary and, Minister of Air and Transportation in the Somali Transitional Federal Government. Professor is still serving Member of Parliament of TFG.
During his study in France Prof Gandhi returned every year in Somalia to teach and support as a Professor in the Departments of History and Geology at the University of Mogadishu. Since 1987.Professor was consultant to the National Museum of Somalia (since 1988) which he had set the task of identifying and classifying ancient manuscripts (especially those held by the sheikh’s and tribal leaders) to build a directory of literary ( oral or written) and objects of art.Prof Gandhi is the Co-founding member of the Association Somali Peace Line, Paris, 1996.
Prof Gandhi worked as a Consultant to “Doctors Without Borders” from Switzerland, Spain and other international organizations between Jan 2006-Feb 2007 where they build schools and training center for nurses and he built clinic in Kulbiyoow, Lower Jubba and surrounding area where his beloved mother was born. In addition, the professor Gandhi built a mosque and education center for midwife nurse clinic in memory of his beloved mother.Professor Gandhi worked as Consultant Expert to UNESCO between 1995-1998 where he wrote many books and articles including:
- Somali Translation of Poems for a Poetry of Anthology of African sub-Saharan Africa, published in 1995 under the direction of Bernard Magnier. Which was conducting an inventory of intellectuals and nongovernmental organizations Somali opening for peace in Somalia published 10/25/1995.
“How to involve women in the Somali peace process,” Program for Culture of Peace, UNESCO published 1998.
- “Women and the Somali Peace” Program for Culture of Peace, UNESCO published 1998
“Dictionary of the People, companies from Africa, America, Asia and Oceania ,under the direction of Jean-Christophe Tamisier , and Larousse-Bordas, 1998.
Professor Gandhi is an Associate Member of the Institute of Science and Techniques of the Ancient World (ISTA), CNRS, ESA 6048 (since 1992), he is still a supervisor of research.
Prof Gandhi worked as Research Officer 1st Class, March 1999-February 2001 IRD: at the Institute of Development Research (formerly ORSTOM)
Gandhi was the Technical Committee Chairman for the Conference for Peace held at Arta in Djibouti (Republic of Djibouti), from March to September 2000.
-Consultant for UNOPS, Somali Civil Protection Program 2001 and Consultant advisor to the UNDP,Senior Program Adviser, SCPP, UNDP, 2002.
-Principal Consultant Mapping of Somali Civil Society Organizations, NOVIB, Somalia, 2002. Representative of civil society in the peace process in El-Doret and Nairobi (Kenya), October 2002 to November 2004.
III) Administrative activities: Creation of “Somali Studies” in France and Europe edition of collected works.Co-founding member of the French Association of Somali Studies (established 1986) and the European Association of Somali Studies (established 1990). To bring together researchers “Somaliazation” Europe, these associations have organized several seminars and cultural events. Professor Gandhi was responsible for preparing the following events:
First conference of Somali Studies, Paris, IMA, 11-13 July 1988 in collaboration with Mrs. Danièle Kintz and Mr. Osman Omar Rabah;
Second Conference of Somali Studies, Besancon, 8-11 October 1990 and accompanying exhibitions (Dole and Besancon);
Forum: “The civil war in Somalia: When and How? Why?”, Paris, IMA, 7-8 April 1992;
Forum: “Peace and Reconciliation in Somalia”, Paris, IMA, 15-17 April 1993;
Congress of Somali Studies on the theme “For a Culture of Peace in Somalia”, Paris, 25-27 October 1995.
During his time as a Defense minister, Professor Gandhi organized and held meeting in Washington DC that he aimed to bring together former high ranking officers from the military, police, custodial and intelligence services for in-depth discussions on both the historical background of the Somali security forces, and on the re-establishment and the strengthening of the capacity of the security sector institutions in Somalia. He proposed 36 thousand strong army led by former Somali senior military to revive the Somali nationhood.