10 Years of Building Capacity for Peace in Africa

PhD Candidates Details

Abdi Hassan Abdi Abdilahi, holds BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from New Generation University College Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and MA degree in International Relations from Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is currently academic and Research Vice President of New Generation University Hargiesa Campus, and senior lecturer on the course of politics of the horn of Africa. His research interest area includes the politics of state formation in Africa, Peace building in post conflict society, and political dynamics of the horn of Africa.
Ali Nasir M. Ali is the Director of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Hargeisa, Somaliland; a position he has held since November 2015. In this role, he engages in teaching, research, and policy analysis. He obtained two master’s degrees in international relations (2010) and in African studies (2015) from Addis Ababa University. 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.
Hersi Mohamed Farah Hersi was educated in Somaliland and South Africa. In 2006, he graduated from University of Hargeisa, where he earned LL.B. He did his post-graduate in South Africa, receiving LL.M from the University of Pretoria. Mohamed Farah is author of academic articles, book chapters and has also written research reports on peace, governance and development. His area of interest is the nexus between development and conflict in extractive sector of oil and gas in Somaliland and Somalia.
Jibril Mr. Sied M. Jibril is the Academic and Research Vice President at University of Hargeisa since 2015. He has a Masters degree in Transformational leadership and change from University of Greenwich in UK. Mr. Jibril has extensive experience in research and teaching and published a number of Articles in peer reviewed journals. His research interest includes Post conflict development, Pastoralism, Governance and Traditional peace building.
Mal Abdisamad Omar Mal is the Solicitor General of Somaliland and the Chairman of the University of Hargeisa Governing Board. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Law and Master's Degree in Urban Management from Ethiopian Civil Service University. His research interest is in local Governance and Decentralization in post conflict and peace building environment, with particular focus on Somali context.. 6.2, December. pp. 102-117.
Mohamoud Mohamed A. Mohamoud is the Executive Director of Somaliland Non State Actors Forum (SONSAF) the largest policy platform in Somaliland that coordinates all non- state actors. Mohammed has 17 years’ work experience in institutional development, governance, peace- building, state- building, conflict resolution, development, democratization and elections. Mohamed holds a Bachelor Business Administration BBA, Post Graduate Diploma Peace and Conflict Studies and Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies- University of Hargeisa. His research interest is state- building, particularly in the area of tradition vs. modernity, peace- building, conflict resolution, governance and development.
Odowa Abdullahi Odowa is the General Director of Somali Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention (OCVP). Mr. Odowa has a Master’s Degree in National Resources and Peace from the United Nations Mandated 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. His research interest includes post conflict peacebuilding and statebuilding discourses with particular focus on indigenous peacebuilding mechanisms and processes.




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