• Rakiya Omaar

    Rakiya Omaar, a Somali lawyer and human rights advocate, is the Director of Horizon Institute. Rakiya is the author of numerous books, reports, and articles on genocide, conflict, war, justice, and gender. As the first human rights researcher on the ground during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, Rakiya authored the earliest detailed account, “Rwanda: Death, Despair and Defiance” in August 1995, which has since become a standard reference text on the subject. She has also written extensively on Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and other countries in Africa.

     

    In 2009, Rakiya served as a member of the African Union High Level Panel on Darfur, chaired by President Thabo Mbeki. In 2012, she worked as an advisor to the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). In 2013-2014, she was a member of the High Level Panel on Fragile States established by the African Development Bank. Rakiya co-founded Horizon in 2013. Horizon is a continuation of Rakiya’s life long work and commitment to bring human rights and the rule of law to the forefront of movements for peace, reconciliation, and development in Africa.

  • Caitlin Lambert

    Caitlin Lambert is Horizon Institute's Legal Advisor. Before joining Horizon, Caitlin clerked in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court for Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng and worked for African Rights in Kigali, Rwanda. She holds a Master's in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, a Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

  • Hodan Mahamoud

    Hodan Mahamoud is Horizon Institute's Legal Officer based in Burao, Togdheer. She has extensive experience working on issues of justice and human rights in Somaliland with the Somaliland Human Rights Commission, the Ministry of Justice, the Somaliland Women Lawyers Association (SWLA), and the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Somaliland (CCBRS). Hodan has also volunteered a numerous civil society organisations, and has lobbied for legislation to protect human rights in Somaliland. She holds an LLB from the University of Hargeisa.

  • Idiris Mohamed

    Idiris Mohamed is a Senior Paralegal on Horizon’s Somaliland Paralegal Project. Before working with Horizon, Idiris was working as an independent lawyer in  Somaliland.  He is a member of the Somaliland Lawyers Association (SOLLA) and has worked in different local NGO's and international organizations such as EDC, IMO, DRC, Shaqadoon, and Alhuda Charity.  He holds an LLB degree with distinction from the University of Hargeisa and is currently a master’s candidate in International Relations & Diplomacy at the University of Hargeisa.

  • Bilan Mohamed

    Bilan Mohamed is a Senior Paralegal on Horizon's Somaliland Paralegal Project. Before joining Horizon Institute, she received her LLB degree with honours from the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland. Bilan was involved in several community development projects, and has taken short courses in monitoring and evaluating, leadership management, conflict management and human rights. She has also worked with the Human Right’s Centre and Unviversity of Hargeisa Legal Aid Clinic.

  • Rahma Abokor

    Rahma Abokor is a Paralegal on Horizon's Somaliland Paralegal Project. Prior to Horizon, she graduated from Noradin High School for Girls, with honours and worked as a history teacher. She has also worked with Somaliland Legal Advocates, which is an organisation assisted by University of Hargeisa’s law students. Currently, Rahma is a student at the University of Hargeisa, pursuing an LLB degree. 

  • Ahmed Abdilahi

    Ahmed Abdilahi is a Paralegal on Horizon’s Somaliland Paralegal Project. Before joining Horizon, he worked with Somaliland Youth Development Association (SOYDA) as a Protection Officer. He is currently completing a Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Hargeisa. Ahmed also has a Bachelors in Social Science with a specialisation in Social Work and Community Development from Golis University. Ahmed has taken number of short courses, including on child protection.

  • Hodo Ali

    Hodo Ali is a Paralegal on Horizon's Somaliland Paralegal Project. Before joining Horizon, Hodo worked as a lawyer in Hargeisa, Somaliland. She has also worked with the Somaliland Women Lawyers Association (SWLA) and with the Somaliland Women's Organisation (SOWLA) as a secretary. Hodo holds an LLB and Diploma in Education with distinction from the University of Hargeisa. 

  • Hamdi Mohamoud

    Hamdi Mohamoud is a Paralegal on Horizon's Somaliland Paralegal Project. Before joining Horizon, he worked as a public notary and as a lawyer's assistant at the University of Hargeisa Legan Aid Clinic and Somaliland Lawyer's Association (SOLLA). Hamdi is a student at the University of Hargeisa where he is studying for his LLB. He has also completed various training courses on conflict resolution and human rights.

  • Mursal Abi

    Mursal Abi is a Paralegal on Horizon's Somaliland Paralegal Project. Before joining Horizon, he worked as a community mobilizer, child protection officer, paralegal officer and youth coach a both international and local NGOs. He also lectures at the School of Social Work at the University of Hargeisa. Mursal holds a Master of Community Development and Leadership from Mekelle University, Bachelor of Social Work from Alpha University, and Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation. He's also a member of the Ethiopian Social Workers Association and Somaliland's Social Workers Association.

  • Nimco Bile

    Nimco Bile is Paralegal on Horizon's Somaliland Paralegal Project. Before becoming a Paralegal, Nimco was an intern at Horizon Institute working with the research team on court monitoring. She has also worked for the University of Hargeisa Legal Aid Clinic, volunteered at the General Assistance and Volunteers Organization (GAVO), worked as a paralegal at the Somaliland National Commission for Human Rights, and interned at the Supreme Court of SomalilandNimco holds an LLB from the University of Hargeisa. 

  • Ahmed Jama

    Ahmed Jama is a Paralegal on Horizon's Somaliland Paralegal Project working in Burao, Togdheer. He has interned at the Regional Court in Burao and the Appeal Court of Togdheer Region. Ahmed also worked as a assistant lawyer and as paralegal for the Somaliland Lawyers Association (SOLLA). He holds an LLB from Alpha University in Burao. 

  • Abdiqani Ali

    Abdiqani Ali is a Paralegal on Horizon Somaliland Paralegal Project working in Burao, Togdheer. Prior to joining Horizon, we worked as a paralegal for the University of Hargeisa Legal Aid Clinic, as an assistant lawyer and a lawyer. Abdiqani holds in LLB from the University of Hargeisa.

     

  • Siman Ahmed

    Siman Ahmed is a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Victims Advocate at Horizon Institute. Previously she was a Paralegal on Horizon's Somaliland Paralegal Project. Before working with Horizon, Siman was working as a lawyer at the University of Hargeisa Legal Aid Clinic. She holds an LLB degree with distinction from the University of Hargeisa. Siman is currently a master's candidate in Legal Drafting at the University of Hargeisa.

  • Spenser Bomholt Fain

    Spenser Bomholt Fain is a Researcher at Horizon Institute. Her experience spans four continents and she has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Sweden’s national public radio, and a number of human rights NGOs around the world. Spenser read International Law and Politics at the University of Oxford, earned two BAs in International Affairs and Communication Studies from the University of Georgia, and holds a Master’s in Political Science from Uppsala University.

  • Hodo Omar

    Hodo Omar is Horizon Institute’s Administration and Finance Officer in Somaliland. Before joining Horizon Institute, Hodo was an Administration and Finance Officer for the Somaliland Red Crescent. She holds a double degree in Business Administration and Islamic Studies, a BBA from the University of Hargeisa and BIS from Golis University. 

  • Esther Mwangi

    Esther Mwangi is Horizon Institute's Finance and Administration Officer in Nairobi. Prior to Horizon, she gained over five years of experience in accounting and grants management in the not-for-profit sector in Kenya. Esther holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. She is currently pursuing the Certified Human Resource Professional course at the Kenya Institute of Management. 

  • Sa'ad Hassan

    Sa’ad Hassan is Horizon Institute’s Logistics and Research Assistant. Before joining Horizon, Sa’ad was the Education Administration Officer at Admas University in Hargeisa, Somaliland and the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief an online website focusing on technology news. He received his Bachelor in ICT and Higher Diploma in Business Administration, Management and Logistics from Admas University.

  • Mustafa Abdalla Ahmed

    Mustafa Abdalla Ahmed is the Administration and Finance Assistant in the Horizon Institute Burao office, Hargeisa. Before joining Horizon Institute, he gained over six years of experience working as a Finance Assistant in Sonyo Umbrella, Hargeisa Somaliland and Dahabshiil, Kampala (Uganda). Mustafa holds a Masters degree in Project Planning and Management from the Kampala International University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Zurich Institute of Management and Technology in India and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting from St Lawrence University in Kampala (Uganda).

  • Najib Abdihamid Ahmed

    Najib Abdihamid Ahmed is currently a Researcher at the Horizon Institute. Prior to joining Horizon, he taught at the prestigious Abaarso School of Science and Technology, a college preparatory school in Somaliland. In addition to teaching, he worked on a U.S. Department of State funded project on migration in the Horn of Africa, which sparked his interest in migration, education, and international law. Najib holds a BSFS from Georgetown University in International Affairs.

  • Abdilatif Ali

    Abdilatif Ali is an IT specialist and a Researcher at Horizon Institute. Prior to Horizon, he worked with Thomas cook in Mauritius where he was in charge of making system updates for their client base. He interned with Somaliland Beverages Industry (SBI) managing technical support. He graduated from the African Leadership College in Mauritius with a Bachelor in Computer Science.

     

  • Rahma Farah

    Rahma Farah is an intern at Horizon Institute in our Hargeisa office. She completed her secondary education and obtained an O'Level Cambridge Certificate. She then took a two year course in Islamic studies and history.  She is currently pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and Development Studies at Abaarso Tech University. She is keen on building a career as a lawyer in the future, with the hope of having a positive impact on the lives of young women in our society.

     

  • Barbara Njeri

    Barbara Njeri is currently the  Communications & Creative Content Specialist for Horizon Institute in Nairobi Kenya. Prior to Horizon, she worked as a Social Media and Marketing Manager at KejaMove, a home and office relocation company. She has also worked at the World Agroforestry Centre, ICRAF, as a Research Assistant on renewable energy. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Planning and Management from Kenyatta University Nairobi Kenya.