Academic Commission

           Nasir M. Ali   
Nasir M. Ali, PhD Candidate – is the Director of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Hargeisa, a position he has held since November 2015. In this role, he engages in teaching, research, writing and policy analysis. Nasir Ali is currently a PhD candidate at the United Nations-University for Peace in Costa Rica.  He obtained two master’s degrees in international relations (2010) and in African studies (2015) from Addis Ababa University. Prior to leading the institute, Mr Ali worked with the department of global studies and international relations at New Generation University College in Addis Ababa as a lecturer and independent consultant with various institutions. His areas of interest include peace and conflict, security, pastoralism, governance, and state–society relations. Mr Ali has published more than a dozen articles in journals, book chapters exploring his areas of interest from different perspectives.

   Hamse Khayre
Hamse Khayre has a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Hargeisa. He also has an LLB Degree in Law. In addition to that, he successfully achieved a number of certificates in different areas of knowledge, including Research Methodology, Project Proposal and Report Writing, Civil Society and Peacebuilding, and Remedial English for Academic Context. He worked with the Horizon Institute, headquartered in Hargeisa as a Consultant and conducted with them a number of assessments and researches in the Somaliland Justice Sector. Currently, he is the Academic Coordinator of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies of the University of Hargeisa. Moreover, he lectures the College of Law and the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Hargeisa.

Abdilahi M. Odowa, 
Abdilahi M. Odowa, PhD Candidate – is a senior lecturer at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Hargeisa, Somaliland, and the Managing Director for the Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention (OCVP). Mr. Odowa has a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources and Peace from the United Nations-University for Peace-UPEACE in Costa Rica, and another Master’s Degree in Peacebuilding from Centre of Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He is currently persuading his PhD in Peace, Governance and Development from United Nations-University for Peace in Costa Rica. Mr. Odowa has an extensive experience in teaching and research.



   Kedir Jemal 
Kedir Jemal, PhD – has been with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies of the University of Hargeisa since February 2016, where he teaches research methodology and supervises postgraduate students. Mr. Kedir has a PhD in agricultural economics from Haramaya University, and a master’s of science in economics policy analysis from Addis Ababa University. Kedir Jamal has held different positions at Jijiga University and served as student services director, head of the department of economics and later the dean of the faculty of business and economics. Mr Kedir has delivered training on plagiarism, research in practice and statistical packages at Jijiga University. He has also conducted training on different aspects of community disaster risk management in Dire Dawa. He has extensive research experience and is the author of numerous articles on the topic of pastoralism in Ethiopia. His most recent research activities involved leading the team that produced a report entitled, ‘The contribution of hides and skins to the pastoralist economy in the Ethiopian Somali regional state: findings from Jarrar and Shebelle zones’

Mohamoud Abdi Sheikh Ahmed

Mohamoud Abdi Sheikh Ahmed, PhD Candidate – is a senior lecturer and one of the founding members of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Hargeisa and later became the director of the Institute. Mr. Mohamoud has a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from University of Bradford in the UK, Postgraduate Diploma in International Development Studies from University of Oslo in Norway, Professional Certificates in Investigative Journalism and Public Opinion Polling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the United States and Bachelor of Science in Education from Amoud University in Somaliland.  Mr. Mohamoud currently is pursuing his PhD in Education at the Atlantic International University (AIU) in the United States of America. He has more than 15 years of International humanitarian and development experience and worked in Africa, Asia and Europe mainly with International Non-Governmental Organizations(NRC, WUSC, SCI, Action Aid and alike). Currently he works for the United Nations and based in Hargeisa. Mr. Ahmed is a fellow of many foreign associations and friends. He was the first Somali Rotary Peace Fellow and current alumni. He is the author of several books in education and social life included Deafness and Education; the Curable Deadly Disease – TB in Borama; My Opportunity; and few articles in peace and reconciliations as well as Somali literature. His research interests include non-verbal behavior, social issues, natural science and education. His spare time is most devoted to humanitarian work, self-help, managing, teaching, reading and writing.
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