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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 Somaliland. Nimco holds an LLB from the University of Hargeisa.
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.
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 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.