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Abdirahman Raghe

Abdirahman Osman Raghe was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior until 1989, later working for the UNDP. He returned from Canada to the Somali region/ Nairobi in 1998 as one of the co-founders and deputy director of the Somali program for WSP (later re-named Interpeace) and plays a lead role in supporting reconciliation and peacebuilding throughout the Somali region and democratisation with the local communities in both Somaliland and Puntland.

Abdulaziz Ali Ibrahim ‘Xildhiban’

Abdulaziz Ali Ibrahim ‘Xildhiban’ is a British-Somali author and peace activist. He studied political science and international relations at the University of Florence. He is also director of Xildhiban Publications.

Abdurahman A. Osman ‘Shuke’

Abdurahman Osman Abdulle 'Shuke' is Director of Puntland Development and Research Center, Garowe, Puntland State, Somalia.

Ahmed Abbas Ahmed

Ahmed Abbas Ahmed was a member of the drafting committee of the Charter of North East Somalia (1991) and Fifth Congress of Somali Salvation Front (1992). He was Resource Person for the drafting committee of the transitional Charter of Puntland and consultant for Independent Federal Constitution Commission of Somalia. He was a member of the original WSP Somali program team in 1996 and is currently Interpeace Program Officer on the Democratisation Program of Puntland.

Anna Lindley

Anna Lindley is a Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She specialises in migration and development issues.

Charles Petrie

 

Charles Petrie is UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia.

Faiza Jama

Faiza Jama Mohamed has been an active member of the women’s movement in Somalia for over 20 years, beginning in Somaliland in the 1990s. She co-founded the Coalition for Grassroots Women’s Organisations in Somalia in 1996, which promotes peace and gender equality and advocates for women’s rights. Faiza is currently Director of the Africa regional office of Equality Now in Nairobi, which works to document violence and discrimination against women. She is a key organiser of Solidarity for African Women’s Rights, a pan-African coalition that successfully campaigned for the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. In 2008 she was awarded the Africa Prize Laureate by The Hunger Project. 

Hajji Abdi Hussein Yusuf

Haji Abdi Hussein Yususf ‘Abdi Warabe’ is one of oldest and well known genuine traditional leaders in Somaliland. He is the second deputy chair of the Elders House (Guurti) of the Somaliland bi-cameral parliament. He was instrumental in the 1993 Borame conference where the successful social contract was agreed among the Somaliland clans. His traditional title is ‘chief Aqil’.

Hassan Sheikh

In 1999 Hassan Sheikh co-founded the Somali Institute of Management and Administration Development (SIMAD). He joined the Center for Research and Dialogue (CRD) in 2001 as a researcher and later research coordinator and led the formation of the Somali Civil Society Forum in 2005. In 2006 he co-founded the Somali Research and Education Network (SomaliREN), and since 2007 has worked as a consultant with various international and local organisations.

Ibrahim Ali Amber ‘Oker’

Ibrahim Ali Amber 'Oker' was lead researcher at the Center for Research and Dialogue, Mogadishu, Somalia.

Ibrahim Hashi Jama

Ibrahim Hashi Jama is editor of Somalilandlaw.com Over the last 12 years he has translated into English and written extensively about the Somaliland Constitution and laws.

Jeremy Brickhill

Jeremy Brickhill is a Zimbabwean who has worked on security transitions in many African countries, including as a Senior Advisor for Security Sector Planning in Somalia.

Ken Menkhaus

Dr. Ken Menkhaus is professor of political science at Davidson College, USA. He is a specialist on the Horn of Africa with a focus on peacebuilding and state-building, conflict analysis, humanitarian response, and Islamic politics. His recent publications include “Somalia: Institution-Building and Aid Effectiveness” and “Governance without Government in Somalia.” He served as Special Political Advisor in the UN Operation in Somalia in 1993-94.

Khadra Elmi

Khadra Elmi is a British-Somali researcher with extensive field research on issues of displacement in all regions of Somalia and the UK Diaspora. She currently works for the Danish Refugee Council in Yemen.

Kirsti Samuels

Dr Kirsti Samuels is an attorney with extensive experience of countries in conflict – in Somalia, Afghanistan, East Timor, Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti and Iraq. She is a writer and policy analyst on statebuilding and peacebuilding, and has advised governments and development agencies.

Lee Cassanelli

Lee Cassanelli is Director of the African Studies Center and Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mahboub M. Maalim

HE Engineer Mahboub M. Maalim is Executive Secretary of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Malaq Isaak Ibraahim

Malaq Isaak Ibrahim is from the Luway sub-clan of the Rahanweyn (Digil-Mirifle) clan from Bay region in south central Somalia. He is a prominent, influential and well respected senior elder who has participated in many local and national peace processes during the last nineteen years of civil war in Somalia.

Mark Bradbury

 

Mark Bradbury is a social analyst and an experienced aid practitioner and researcher. He has lived and worked in Sudan and Somalia. His research has covered Somalia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, conflict and development, complex emergencies, conflict resolution, and human rights.
 
He has worked extensively in Somalia and Somaliland and is the author of the Human Development Report for Somalia (2001, UNDP), Becoming Somaliland (2008, James Currey), Whose Peace is it anyway? connecting Somali and international peacemaking (2009, Conciliation Resources), Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Kenya (2010, Feinstein International Centre, Tufts University). 
 
Mark is Director of the Rift Valley Institute Horn of Africa Course, and was Chair of Conciliation Resources' Board until 2013.

 

Mark Bradbury is a social analyst and an experienced aid practitioner and researcher. He has lived and worked in Sudan and Somalia. His research has covered Somalia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, conflict and development, complex emergencies, conflict resolution, and human rights.
 
He has worked extensively in Somalia and Somaliland and is the author of the Human Development Report for Somalia (2001, UNDP), Becoming Somaliland (2008, James Currey), Whose Peace is it anyway? connecting Somali and international peacemaking (2009, Conciliation Resources), Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Kenya (2010, Feinstein International Centre, Tufts University). 
 
Mark is Director of the Rift Valley Institute Horn of Africa Course, and was Chair of Conciliation Resources' Board until 2013.

 

Mark Bradbury is a social analyst and an experienced aid practitioner and researcher. He has lived and worked in Sudan and Somalia. His research has covered Somalia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, conflict and development, complex emergencies, conflict resolution, and human rights.
 
He has worked extensively in Somalia and Somaliland and is the author of the Human Development Report for Somalia (2001, UNDP), Becoming Somaliland (2008, James Currey), Whose Peace is it anyway? connecting Somali and international peacemaking (2009, Conciliation Resources), Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Kenya (2010, Feinstein International Centre, Tufts University). 
 
Mark is Director of the Rift Valley Institute Horn of Africa Course, and was Chair of Conciliation Resources' Board until 2013.

Markus V. Hoehne

Markus V. Hoehne is a PhD Candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany. He has been researching and publishing on Somali affairs since 2001. Currently he is engaged in an EU-funded project on diasporas for peace. www.diaspeace.org.

Maxamed Daahir Afrax

Maxamed Daahir Afrax is a writer and literary scholar based in UK. He is the founder president of the Somali-speaking Writers Centre of International PEN and the founder-editor of HALABUUR, Journal of Somali Literature and Culture.

Meredith Preston McGhie

Meredith Preston McGhie is Senior Programme Manager for Africa at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and provided technical support to the UN Political Office for Somalia in the Djibouti peace process for Somalia, October 2008 to February 2009.

Mohamed Ahmed Jama

Mohamed Ahmed Jama is executive director of Somalia Organisation for Community development (SOCDA), a social development and civil society centre in Somalia that deals with capacity building, advocacy, lobbying, research and documentation.

Mohammed Hassan Ibrahim

Mohammed Hassan Ibrahim is lead researcher at the Academy for Peace and Development, Hargeisa, Somaliland.

Nicolas Bwakira

HE Nicolas Bwakira is Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia.

Pat Johnson

Dr Pat Johnson has been Senior Program Officer with the Interpeace Somali program since 2005, having previously worked with Oxfam-GB and the UN in Puntland, and the EC Delegation in Nairobi. She has played a major role in Interpeace's peace-mapping study, undertaken by the three Somali partner institutions, which reviews Somali-led peace initiatives and lessons learned from national-level peace processes.

Ruben Zamora

Rubén I. Zamora was Project Manager for the Interpeace Somali Democratisation Project (2004-06). He is President of the Salvadorian Institute for Democracy (ISPADE) and is a member of the 'Círculo de Copan', an academic and lobbying group for Central American Integration. He is a founder and Board member of Interpeace global programme.

Sally Healy

Sally Healy is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and has worked as a Horn of Africa analyst for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Sally Healy is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and has worked as a Horn of Africa analyst for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Sally Healy is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and has worked as a Horn of Africa analyst for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Sally Healy is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and has worked as a Horn of Africa analyst for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Sultan Said Garasse

Sultan Said is a respected and influential traditional titled elder from Garowe town, Nugal region in Puntland. He has participated in numerous peace processes in northeast Somalia, including those that resulted in the formation of the Puntland State of Somalia in 1998.

Ulf Terlinden

Ulf Terlinden is a political scientist specialising in governance and conflict issues in the Horn of Africa Region. He is pursuing a PhD on the political reconstruction process in Somaliland.

Warsan Cismaan Saalax

Warsan Cismaan Saalax is a writer in politics with a background in Pyschology and transculturalism. She is also a peace activist who works with the Somali community in London.

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