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Halima Ismail Ibrahim , Chair

Halima Ismail Ibrahim was born and raised in Mogadishu where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences. She later went on to do her Master’s in agricultural economics and rural development at the University of Turin. Prior to the conflict in Somalia, she was an agricultural sciences lecturer at Somalia’s National University. Following the collapse of Somalia’s federal government, she became involved with civil society organizations and later joined UNOSOM (United Nations Operations in Somalia) where she worked as a political affairs officer until the mission’s 1996 closure.

Following more than a decade abroad, she returned to Somalia in 2007 to contribute to reconciliation and state-building efforts.

She became the chair of Somalia’s Civil Society Coalition which advocated for the establishment of a Permanent Government in Somalia which replaced the Transitional National Government (TNG). In addition, she was the Chair of Somalia’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (SWLI) which sought to unify Somalian women into a ‘critical mass’ to voice concerns and provide a gender perspective in the development of national policy and political processes. Halima also became the co-chair for the technical selection committee that carried out the vetting of candidates for Somalia’s Federal Parliament and its National Constitutional Assembly which were both nominated by the elders. Furthermore, Halima was also the Chair of the Technical Committee for the formation of the Central Region State and was a member of the High Level Task Force for Somalia’s New Deal Processes.


Sayed Ali Sh. Mohamed , Deputy Chair

Sayed Ali Sh. Mohamed was born in Somalia’s Buur Hakaba (Baidoa) region where he was raised and completed secondary school. He completed a BA degree in Business Administration and Management following higher education studies in Mogadishu. When war broke out in 1991, he went to the Netherlands and graduated from Rotterdam’s Erasmus University with a Master’s Degree in Public Relations (PR).

Thereafter, he worked as a press officer in Holland’s Dordrecht City Council where he delivered high quality public relations services. In 2003, he travelled to Birmingham (UK) to observe with a group of elders the 2009 local council elections. He was also the Chairman of the Gogol Association, an international NGO. In addition, he was also the Chairman of the Digil Mirifle Community organization and became the chief administrator for the Buur Hakaba 2013 local elections. He also worked as a political advisor for Somalia’s Speaker of Parliament and Members of Parliament.


Hussein Abdi Adam , Commissioner

Hussein Abdi Adam received a Master’s in Education from Al Zaim and Al Azhari University in Khartoum Sudan and also holds a BA in Education from Mogadishu University.

Mr. Adam has worked in the humanitarian field on education projects and has also been a lecturer on education in Mogadishu University before he become the dean of academic affairs office at Kismayo University. Mr Hussein was an independent trainer and active member of civil society.

He has also worked as Director General for Somalia’s Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Internal Security, as well as an adviser to the Minister of Internal Security. He also headed several projects and has served as a public official for the Police Advisory Committee Project.


Said Hashi Warsame, Commissioner

Mr. Warsame holds a Masters degree in Islamic banking and finance from Loughborough University, UK. He is also a qualified accountant and holds a fellowship from a leading UK accounting body. In addition, he is a member of Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance (IIBI) and the UK Association of Accounting.

He has attended several master courses, seminars and workshops in both conventional and Islamic banking, corporate finance, accounts, risk management, leadership and management. Having previously studied at Beirut University’s Faculty of Law, he is a professional banker. He has also served and practiced in many countries including the UK, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Somalia. Internationally, his experience has included banking and holding senior positions in corporate companies and universities.

Prior to joining the Electoral Commission, he served Amal Bank as the Head of Finance and Investment.


Mohamed Dahir Mohammud, Commissioner

Mohamed Dahir Mohammud, studied education at the University of Somalia.

He worked in Djibouti as a project coordinator for UNESCO from 1994-2004 and was an MP for Somalia’s Transitional Government.


Abdirahman Osman Dirir, Commissioner

Abdirahman Osman Dirir holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Sidam University and comes from the Awdal region. He has held several high-ranking government posts.

He is presently a political advisor for Somalia’s Federal Parliament and was the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism from 2008-2011. He was also a member of Parliament from 2002-2012 and was the Deputy Minister of Post and Telecommunications from 2006-2007.

In addition, he was the Deputy Minister of Rehabilitation and Settlement between 2004-2006. He also worked in the Ministry of Finance in 1991.


Mohamed Hassan Taani, Commissioner

Mohamed Hassan Taani was born in Somalia and did his primary schooling in Mogadishu. He later moved to Cairo and studied law at Cairo University.

He started working at Banadir’s State Court in 1973 and later became Somalia’s Attorney General and was also appointed as the Deputy Chairman of Somalia’s Supreme Court.

In addition, he ran his own law practice. During several years abroad, he worked at Qatar’s Ministry of Justice.


Khadija Ali Osable, Commissioner

For more than 30 years, Khadija Ali has worked both for the humanitarian and government sectors. She is a founding member and former executive director of SAACID, a non-governmental organization and has also led other women’s and peace and human rights organizations.

Khadija Ali completed both a Masters’ degree and a PhD in conflict resolution and peace building studies at two American Universities (Eastern Mennonite University and George Mason University).

From 2000- 2002, Khadija was a member of Somalia’s Parliament and a Minister of State for the Transitional National Government and was also put in charge of reconciliation and peace-building issues. As a representative of the Transitional National Government, she liaised with the UN Security Council, UN organizations, IGAD, EU, COMESA and other regional and international organizations.

From 2011 to 2012, Khadija served as a senior presidential advisor for reconciliation and political outreach for Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government on issues related to reconciliation, political outreach, and was also involved in the planning of the National Reconciliation Plan.

Khadija has also worked as a mediator to find solutions to community and political conflicts and has frequently contributed to foreign policy initiatives. From January to June 2015, she worked as a Senior Adviser for Somalia’s Prime Minister on state building and reconciliation issues.