Sahra Ahmed Koshin is the Founder and Director of the Somalia Gender Hub and the Puntland Women Writers Association. She is currently working as an independent gender consultant with Africa Development Bank Group. She has published a number of Somalia-wide research studies focusing on gender and women’s participation in higher education,social and political life. She has over 18 years of professional work experience with the Somali government and (I)NGOs such as AFDB, World Bank, INASP, AuthorAid, ADRA Somalia, Save the Children, UNDP Somalia, Care International, research & policy analysis, and knowledge management. She has worked in Somalia, Kenya, the Netherlands, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Zambia, to mention but a few. Sahra is a World Bank Certified ToT Trainer in the ‘Business Edge Training Toolkit’ which focuses on gender, enterprise development, innovation and technology. She is a trainer at the Puntland Women Business Umbrella. Sahra is also the winner of several poetry awards such as the Dutch ECHO and Dutch Rabobank Poetry Award for Literature for her poetry.
She is currently a PhD Candidate at UPeace – the UN Mandated University for Peace. She also has an Advanced MA degree in Advanced Development Studies from Radboud University in Nijmegen and a MA degree in Cultural Anthropology from Leiden University both in the Netherlands.