Peter Chonka is a Lecturer in Global Digital Cultures at King's College London (UK). His research focuses on communications technologies and political change in the Horn of Africa. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh's Centre of African Studies and previously worked as an interpreter for the Somalia Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Before that, he was employed by the University of Hargeisa. His peer-reviewed publications are available on his personal website (www.petechonka.com) and he is contactable at
Dr Mohamud Garre is a social policy fellow with Somali Public Agenda. His research interests lie in the areas of education, health/social care, human rights, forced migration, and youth unemployment. Dr Mohamud has completed his PhD at the University of Nottingham. He has recently been researching about social development issues that affect the poor and marginalized communities in Somalia.
Lisa Rudnick is a Design Fellow at SPA Policy Lab. She is a strategic design consultant and Principal and Head of Research at The Policy Lab. She earned her MA in communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she also completed her doctoral studies in the ethnography of communication (ABD). Formerly a Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, and Head of the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team at Interpeace, Lisa has also served as Principal Investigator on assignments for UNHCR, ICRC, DFID, Internews, and Non-Violent Peaceforce, among others. She is a co-creator of approaches to local strategies research, evidence-based design, and accountable innovation, which she employs around the globe, with recent work focusing on the weaponization of information and social cohesion. From 2017 – 2019, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has been published in several journals and edited collections.
Partha Moman is a peace-building and governance practitioner with a focus on civic engagement, social accountability and social research. He currently works as an independent consultant focusing on working with local Somali civil society to deliver impactful civic engagement, policy dialogue and advocacy programmes and research at both the local and national level, including the Somali Youth Development Network (SOYDEN) and the Somali Non-State Actors. Previously, he worked at Africa’s Voices Foundation where he built a programme of work in Somalia that cut across local governance, humanitarian response and durable solutions to find innovative solutions to connect citizens and decision-makers through research, media and technology. Partha has a broader background in policy research, political and conflict analysis having worked as a Programme Assistant at the Africa Programme at Chatham House, and as a Research Assistant at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, University of Cambridge. He holds an Mphil in African Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Durham.
Tobias Hagmann is an associate professor of international development at Roskilde University in Denmark. He is a multilingual political analyst with a PhD in public administration from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has researched and published on local and national politics in the Horn of Africa, in particular Somalia and Ethiopia, since 1998. His work and analyses have been published by leading academic journals, various news outlets and think tanks including the New York Times, International Crisis Group and the Rift Valley Institute. See: www.tobiashagmann.net
Sahra Ahmed Koshin is the Founder and Director of the Somalia Gender Hub and the Puntland Women Writers Association. She is a humanitarian/development expert with over 18 years of professional work experience in research and policy development, program management and institutional capacity strengthening, gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment program delivery. Sahra led over a dozen knowledge and research studies in Somalia focusing on gender and women in Somalia. She has lived and worked the past 13 years in Somalia with government institutions, research think tanks, and civil society. She is a PhD Candidate studying Somali Diaspora Humanitarianism in Complex Crises at the University of Copenhagen. Sahra has double MA degrees in Advanced Development Studies and in Development Sociology from the Netherlands. Sahra is a blogger, poet and an accomplished author having published 3 literary books and won international literary awards such as the Dutch Rabobank Poetry Award. Her writings can be found on her Google Scholar profile Google Scholar Sahra Ahmed Koshin is the Founder and Director of the Somalia Gender Hub and the Puntland Women Writers Association. She is a humanitarian/development expert with over 18 years of professional work experience in research and policy development, program management and institutional capacity strengthening, gender mainstreaming, and women’s empowerment program delivery. Sahra led over a dozen knowledge and research studies in Somalia focusing on gender and women in Somalia. She has lived and worked for the past 13 years in Somalia with government institutions, research think tanks, and civil society. She is a Ph.D. Candidate studying Somali Diaspora Humanitarianism in Complex Crises at the University of Copenhagen. Sahra has double MA degrees in Advanced Development Studies and in Development Sociology from the Netherlands. Sahra is a blogger, poet, and accomplished author having published 3 literary books and won international literary awards such as the Dutch Rabobank Poetry Award. Her writings can be found on her Google Scholar profile Google Scholar
Ahmed M. Musa is a postdoctoral researcher at the Diaspora Humanitarianism in Complex Crises research project. He completed his PhD at the University of Nairobi’s College of Agricultural and Veterinary Science. His PhD research focused on institutions in livestock export trade in the Berbera corridor. He has over eight years research experience in the Somali region. Ahmed has several peer-reviewed publications. Besides research experience, he has held management positions at various organizations in Somaliland. His areas of interest include governance, institutions, pastoralism, economic corridors, political economy, and diaspora humanitarianism. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Dr. Derek B. Miller is a Design Fellow at SPA Policy Lab. He is the Director of The Policy Lab®, established in Boston 2011. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University and Research Associate at the Centre for Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland. Miller earned his Ph.D summa cum laude at The Graduate Institute in Geneva, with post-graduate work with Rom Harré at Linacre College, Oxford. He earned his MA in national security studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown and BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Miller worked as Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) for almost a decade on both small arms and light weapons matters and evidence-based policy design. Miller is also a critically-acclaimed novelist and the author of Norwegian by Night, The Girl in Green, American by Day, the science fiction epic Radio Life, the Audible Original novel Quiet Time, and the forthcoming How to Find Your Way in the Dark. Miller and his family currently reside in Oslo, Norway.
Abdishakur Hassan is an urban policy & service design fellow at Somali Public Agenda. He is the founder and lead consultant of Abyane (#link page https://abyane.com //), an Urban & Geospatial consulting firm based in Somalia. He earned an MSc. in Urban planning and Geography from Gothenburg University, Sweden. In addition, he also holds an MSc. in Geoinformation Science and Land administration from ITC, Twenty University in the Netherlands. Formerly, he served the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) as a GIS Expert and worked on GIS, Urban planning, and Land administration assignments. He is also a technical instructor at Coursera & Udemy and the co-author of the book “Geospatial data science quick start guide“. His technical writings and blogs have gathered more than 1 million readers worldwide in his Medium Publication(https://shakasom.medium.com/).
Somali Public Agenda is a non-profit public policy and administration research organization based in Mogadishu. Its aim is to advance understanding and improvement of public administration and public services in Somalia through evidence-based research and analysis.