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.
Hamse Khayre is Horizon Institute’s Legal Officer. Before joining Horizon Institute in 2015, Hamse was an Academic Coordinator for the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Hargeisa. He holds a Masters in International Relations & Diplomacy as well as an LLB, both from the University of Hargeisa. Hamse has spent one year in a high quality research-training program provided by OCVP, Transparency Solutions and University of Bristol.
Bilan Hussein is Horizon Institute’s Research & Communications Officer. Bilan has provided administrative support for academic institutions in Toronto, Canada. In addition, she has created and managed digital content for private communication firms in Ethiopia. She has also volunteered for various community development programs in Canada and Ethiopia.
Bilan Mohamed is a 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 taken short courses in monitoring and evaluating, leadership management and conflict management. She has also partaken in basic human rights training provided by Amnesty international as well as worked with the Human Right’s Centre and legal aid clinic in Hargeisa.
Mustafe Dahir is a Paralegal on Horizon’s Somaliland Paralegal Project. Before working with Horizon, Mustafe was working as a lawyer under the University of Hargeisa’s Legal Aid Department and a Teacher’s Aide to a Professor of Law, also at the University of Hargeisa. He holds an LLB degree with an honours distinction from the University of Hargeisa. Mustafe is currently a Masters candidate in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Hargeisa.
Hoodo Omar Ali
Hoodo Omar is Horizon Institute’s Administration and Finance Assistant. Before joining Horizon Institute, Hoodo 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. She has been working in finance, administration, logistics and human resources, for the last 6 years.
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 also 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.