Meet our Executive Team


Mohamed Mukhtar Ibrahim, Executive Director

Mohamed Mukhtar Ibrahim is a development and business entrepreneurship specialist. He holds Master’s degree in Development Studies and with a wealth of experience in business advisory, public administration and governance. Mohamed is the former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of the Federal Government of Somalia. Prior to his ministerial position, Mohamed served in various capacities with the Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Ministry of National Security and Office of the President. He has contributed to the complexities of the initial stabilization of a war-torn society as well as its long-term development blue print. Before joining the public service, Mohamed was an accredited business adviser and provided guidance and technical support to entrepreneurs to overcome the barriers to starting up and running established businesses..


Dr. Idil Osman, Ph.D., Head of Consultancy

Dr. Idil Osman is a PhD holder with a strong research and consultancy background and with a wealth of experience spanning over 16 years in local, national and international journalism, research and consultancy working for the BBC, The Guardian and the Voice of America. Dr. Idil has worked in different capacities in renowned higher learning institutions including SOAS University, University of Leicester and Cardiff University. Dr. Idil’s consultancy experience has seen her serve at different strategic capacities including: Consultant services to SOAS in developing effective communication strategies for the research project ‘Research and Evidence Facility for Migration from the Horn of Africa’; Consultant to the Swedish Ambassador to Somalia on cross-cutting issues and the contemporary dynamics in the Horn of Africa; Adviser to the UK National Commission for UNESCO; Research consultant for Sweden’s Linnaeus University; Consultant for UNDP and UNSOM; Adviser to Integrity Research and Consultancy firm; Adviser to Home Office‘s Research and Communications Unit; Adviser to OFCOM - UK's communications regulator - among others. Her research interests are on globalisation and international development, migration and diaspora cross-cutting issues, internet, digital media and global conflicts..


Yusuf Sheikh Omar, Ph.D., Head of Research

Yusuf has a PhD from School of Social Science, La Trobe University, Australia. He is a well-established researcher who publishes widely in well-respected peer review international academic journals. Yusuf is a Research Associate at SOAS University of London.


Abdishakur Tarah, Head of Education & Training

Abdishakur holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Leicester and a Master of Arts in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs from the University of Birmingham. Abdishakur has deep knowledge coupled with over 15 years’ experience in research and consultancy on Education Management. He has served as a lecturer for both De Montfort University and Inclusive and Nottingham Trent University. To date, he acts as an associate consultant and provides strategic and operational support to various institutions in Europe and Africa.


Abdulkadir Ahmed Mohamud, Director of Admin & Finance

Abdulkadir holds a Bachelor of Accounting from SIMAD University and is currently a candidate for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)-UK. He has gathered valuable experience from over five years of experience serving in finance and audit fields respectively. He has coordinated, conducted and overseen successful audit operations for various organizations and government ministries including Ministry of Finance of the Federal Government of Somalia for a World Bank Funded project, UNOCHA-NRC-Somalia and UNICEF-Global Fund implementing partners.


Abdirahman Hussein Dhiblawe, Director of Marketing & IT

Abdirahman has a Masters in Telecommunication Engineering. His academic and work experiences have enabled him to gain the knowledge and skills required of a professional engineer to design and develop systems for applications. He uses his ICT skills to create a strong brand.


Judy Ngina, Program Coordinator

Judy has a wealth of knowledge accumulated from her eight years of experience in coordinating and managing various projects in the organizations she has worked with. She is good at identifying new opportunities, contract negotiation, program planning, and partnership initiation and management. Judy is a Masters Degree holder in Gender and Development Studies from Egerton University.