Meet our Board



SIPAM Institute is a non-partisan, independent, and not-for-profit organisation


Khalid Omar Ali, Chair

Khalid Omar Ali was by profession a doctor of dental surgery before becoming a politician. He ran private dental polyclinics where he was responsible for the strategic, financial and day-to-day running of the polyclinics. Between 2002 and 2004, he was the Chair of Somali Comprehensive Oral Care Association (COCA). After 2004, he has started playing a key role in the restoration and recovery efforts of the Somali state. Khalid attended several conferences aimed at establishing a durable peace and ending Somalia's prolonged civil war. He was a member of Somalia’s Provisional Constitution drafting committee in 2004. Between 2004 and 2016, he was a Member of Parliament and held various ministerial positions in government, technical advisory roles for the United Nations, World Health Organization and United Nations Frame Work Convention on Climate Change. His ministerial positions include Minister of Youth and Sports, Minister of State for Presidency, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Minister of State for Prime Minister Office, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs & Investment Promotion.


Abdi Dahir, Treasurer

Abdi has business and management skills with his established BSc. in Business Administration. He held different management positions in Somalia and Finland. In Finland, he worked for City of Helsinki which is the biggest employer in Finland, with over 39000 employees. Abdi is experienced in accounts, tax returns and using different accounting packages such as Econet, TS2000, Finn-finanssi, ProCountor, and QuickBooks.


Khadijo Osman, Ph.D., Secretary

Khadijo has a PhD from University College London (UCL), UK. She has worked in different institutions such as Birkbeck University of London. Her research and writing are focused in the fields of public health, reconciliation, social healing, and conflict transformation. She promotes social change through mutual accountability and policy.


Hussein Hagi Abdullahi, Ph.D., Board Member

Hussein has a PhD from Universita di Bologna, Italy. He is a well-known academician and practitioner in the public sector. He was Somali National University lecturer between 1976 and 1990. He worked for the Somali government for more than 20 years in various capacities.


Awale Ahmed, Board Member

Awale has worked in the education sector for over 20 years playing a wide range of admin, professional and technical roles. He has established and managed education centres in Australia, Malaysia and Djibouti. Awale leads Global Training Institute in Djibouti which specialises developing training personnel working in public administration.