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Deqa Aden

UChicago Obama Scholars 2022-2023


Former Manager, Harhub





Deqa Aden Was Recently a Manager at Harhub, a Business Incubator in Somaliland That Creates Jobs for Vulnerable Youth Across the Country Through Mentorship and Grant Investments. Deqa Previously Worked at the World Bank’s Finance Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, Where She Handled Projects Aimed at Supporting Fragile, Conflict-affected Countries With a Focus on Marginalized Youth and Women. Through These Impact-driven Investment Projects, Deqa Found Her Unwavering Passion for Working at the Nexus Between Economics and Gender-politics. In the Near Future, Deqa Plans to Establish a Holistic Advocacy Center for Victims of Gender-based Violence in Memory of Her Late Mother, Amran Abdi, a Fierce Advocate for Education and Women’s Rights. Deqa is Pursuing a Master’s Degree From the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy.