Mohamed Abdullahi Omar

Special Representative of the Horn of Africa

Mohamed Abdullahi Omar is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Somaliland. He became HD’s Special Representative of the Horn of Africa in 2014. As Somaliland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was in charge of transnational political, economic and security matters. He has led political, economic and state-building programmes for more than twenty-five years and he was one of the architects of the talks between the Federal Government of Somalia and the Government of Somaliland, during which he acted as the lead political negotiator. Mohamed has also worked in academia and on social development programmes in the United Kingdom and undertaken other development work. His expertise ranges from diplomacy, political work, social reforms and counter-terrorism to negotiations and programme management. His speaks a number of languages including Dutch as well as Somali and English. He has a degree in Psychology from Holland and a Master’s degree in Social Policy as well as a doctorate focused on the global political economy, both from the United Kingdom.


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