Abdirashid Hashi is the Executive Director of HIPS. He brings more than 12 years of experience in government, journalism and think tanks. Until January 2015 he was the deputy director at HIPS. Prior to that, he was the Horn of Africa Analyst with the International Crisis Group, focusing on Somalia, he also served as editorial page editor, deputy chief of staff at the prime minister’s office, secretary to the council of ministers, communications director at the presidency, adviser to the prime minister and cabinet minister responsible for public works and reconstruction.  As a senior official in the offices of the council of ministers, prime minister and president, Mr. Hashi has played a key role in laying the foundation for the restoration of state institutions in Somalia. He holds an honors B.A. (political science and history) from the University of Toronto.

Maimuna Mohamud is a researcher with HIPS. Maimuna’s research interests include forced migration, refugee issues and gender in political contexts with a particular focus on the Somali regions.  She joined HIPS in February 2014 and is now primarily working on two research projects namely the implications of Somali diaspora return, and gender and political participation in Somalia.  Maimuna holds an MSc in Refugees and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford where she was a Weidenfeld Scholar. Prior to that she earned an MA in Global Gender Studies and a BA in Political Science both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before joining HIPS, Maimuna worked with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tindouf Algeria as a Field Officer and in Yemen as a consultant. In Yemen she also worked on providing protection and assistance to Somali refugees in Aden and Kharaz camp in Lahj.

Mahad Wasuge is a researcher with HIPS. Before formally joining the team he worked as a research assistant on various HIPS projects. Mahad has diplomas in Law and English Language, and a bachelors degree in Public Administration from Mogadishu University where he also teaches. Mahad speaks excellent English and Arabic, and enjoys public and motivational speaking.

Hussein Yusuf joined HIPS in December 2015 as a researcher. Hussein’s research interests include good governance, Institution building, humanitarian and development, foreign and security policy, energy, human rights and youth.  Hussein holds BBA, International Business from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Science, Finland and MA, International Relations from London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

Sadia Abdullahi is the Finance and Administration Officer at the Heritage Institute. A young graduate from the SIMAD University in Mogadishu she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and also graduate from the Iftin Computer Institute. Fluent in Somali, English and Arabic, she is also an experienced accountant with a range of knowledge and expertise in accounting, financial management and and IT. Sadia has also worked extensively with various education institutions and have been trained in research, monitoring and communication skills as well as human rights issues.