Self-belief Pushes Khan to Overcome Hurdles

Growing up and seeing the struggles his family went through, he knew that the only way to a better life was through education.
23 Jan 2022 14:15
Self-belief Pushes Khan to Overcome Hurdles
Mohseen Daniyal Haider Khan with his mother Ms Saraga Begum.

Mosheen Daniyal Haider Khan, 29, of Labasa completed his Master of Management from University of Waikato with honours.

Mr Khan has also received recognition for his research dissertation titled ““The Role of Agriculture in the Determination of GDP: A Case Study of Fiji”.

Mr Khan was born and raised in a sugarcane farming family, at the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) Hill Seaqaqa, Labasa. He is the youngest and the only male with four sisters.

Growing up and seeing the struggles his family went through, he knew that the only way to a better life was through education.
He attended Seaqaqa Primary School, Tabia College and Labasa College receiving a number of awards and scoring good marks in external examinations.
He secured the then Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the South Pacific (USP).

Further education / career
At the age of 18, in 2011 he moved to Suva with only $100 in his pocket ready to start his independent life.

He thanked the Fijian Government for sponsoring his undergraduate studies because it would have been impossible for him to study privately at that time.

He completed his studies from USP in 2013 and received a New Zealand Government Scholarship to study Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration from Massey University for a year.

He returned to Fiji in 2015 and worked for the Fiji Development Bank (FDB), later the Fiji National University (FNU) and then the Ministry of Sugar Industry as Senior Research Officer in the Research, Policy and Planning Division.

He was completing his Master of Business Administration at USP when he secured another New Zealand Government scholarship to pursue a Master of Management from the University of Waikato in 2020.

Mr Khan is also a Leadership Fiji 2019 graduate. He is also actively engaged in community work and is the secretary of Gates of Charity – a Nadi-based Non-Government Organisation looking after the welfare of the needy and vulnerable.

Journey at the University of Waikato
Studying at the University of Waikato was a privilege, and he thanked the New Zealand Government for the opportunity.

He completed his 180 credit Master of Management majoring in Agribusiness in two years.

In early 2020, he joined the University of Waikato Hamilton campus but after studying for a few weeks all his classes were online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to his personal and family commitments during the pandemic he returned to Fiji in June 2020 and deferred his studies for a semester.
Under the Fijian Government first home initiative he had secured a land in Votualevu, Nadi and constructed his double storey house from July to December 2020.

In 2021, he resumed his studies online from Fiji. He worked on his research dissertation and had fortnight zoom meetings with his research supervisor who significantly contributed towards the success of his masters.

Due to the New Zealand border being closed he graduated in absentia in December 2021 and all his documents were sent to him.

Inspirations and Role Models
Mr Khan is inspired by many leaders but first on his list is his grandfather.
1. He said his grandfather, the late Shorab Khan started from scratch when opportunities were very scarce. He was among the pioneer sugarcane farmers of Seaqaqa in 1973 and later when Seaqaqa became the district.

He also started his entrepreneurial journey owning shops, rice mills, and trucks and provided a sustainable livelihood to his 12 children. He was actively involved in community work like building of schools, health centres, and mosques and was a wrestler. For Mr Khan he was an ideal man.

2. He said he was also proud of Fiji’s President, Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere. He is also from Macuata and he sees him as a visionary leader who talks about real issues like climate change, food security, oceans, and marine lives.

He admires how the Turaga na Tui Macuata maintains the traditions and customs and at the same time being focused on the peace and prosperity of the nation- a good example of a modern-day chief and a great statesman.

3. He is also inspired by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who has guided Fiji during some of the most difficult times and provides a safe and secure future to all Fijians, maintaining stability and has significantly transformed the country over the years. His leadership has provided me motivation and assurance to stay in the country and invest.

4. He sees the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum as a charismatic leader with an extraordinary communication skill.

5. Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office Yogesh Karan- a person who is also originally from Labasa and had humble beginnings that has made a name for himself.
6. Entrepreneur and Business Magnet Elon Musk – hiis ability to think big, take risks, innovate, solve real live problems and do whatever it takes to fulfil his objectives.
7. Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinder Ardern- she is also a University of Waikato alumnae and he admires her genuineness, empathy, has exceptional emotional intelligence and is a great decision maker.

Challenges faced
Negative energy and criticism, jealousy and hatred, cyber bullying were some of the challenges he faced.
He said another challenge was when his father died when he was 22- years-old, and he needed to accept the facts of life and move on.

Mr Khan’s advice 

1. Believe in yourself and have a clear vision as no one will believe in you unless you start believing in yourself first. Take actions towards your goals with a plan and be consistent.

2. Take calculated risks and learn from mistakes as it will help you get out of your comfort zone and enhance your potential. It is normal to make mistakes along the way but learn/improve from it and don’t repeat.

3. Dream big and do what is needed joyfully-there is no limit as to what you can achieve in life and your background and status should not dictate your success. Hard work and smart work is part of life and should be everyone’s priority.

4. Persistence and growth mindset- keep trying and search for opportunities. The right door will always open for you at the right time. In this competitive world the fittest will survive, and success will come to those who truly desire it.

5. Live your life to the fullest and give back- give yourself time and personal space. Do things that you love and spend time with people that truly value you.

Always remember when you write the story of your life, you should hold the pen. Give back to your community and country in whatever way you can as it will always be fulfilling.

Future Goals
Mr Khan hopes to work for the Government or an NGO to help assist in achieving the National Development goals of Fiji and United Nations Sustainable Development goals.

He also has plans to do a PhD in future to investigate how Fiji can have a climate resilient food system.
He also has interest in real estate investments.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu


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