Human Rights Centre welcomed its first Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee brings unique knowledge and skills which augment those of the Board of Directors in order to more effectively guide the organization. The Advisory Committee will provide the organization with their professional expertise, diverse knowledge, and local and international connections. The primary tasks of the committee are to support HRC and provide advice and guidance.
“We are very grateful to the individuals who accepted our request to serve as members of the committee. Human Rights Centre is a young but growing organization. It needs the expertise and knowledge of the new members who have diverse backgrounds,” says Guleid Ahmed Jama.
Sultan Nasir is a traditional leader, minority rights activists, and active member of the civil society organizations in Somaliland. He has been involved in the peace building and state building initiatives in Somaliland. He is a founding member of the Somaliland Non-state Actors Forum (SONSAF). Sultan Nasir was an active member of the now-defunct Somaliland Human Rights Organizations Network (Shuro-net) which was dismantling by the government of Somaliland in 2007.
Mohamed is a journalist with over 15 years of experience. He is currently the founder and editor-in-chief of Geeska Afrika newspaper, a respected and widely circulated daily newspaper, and its sister weekly English newspaper. He is the chairman of the Centre for Policy Analysis, a think-tank based in Hargeisa. Mohamed has MA in International Relations from Kampala International University. He is a member of the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA).
Dr. Siham Rayale is a scholar, author, researcher and consultant. Dr. Rayale has worked for over 10 years as a development consultant and expert on women’s political participation in post-conflict societies and particularly on UN Resolution 1325 (women, peace and security) in Africa. In her career she has consulted and done research for UN agencies and INGOs. She has written op-eds for Open Democracy, LSE Africa and co-authored an influential policy report with Oxfam in East Africa. Dr. Rayale is passionate about women’s economic and political security, humanitarian and community development. Dr. Rayale has been invited to present at a number of academic and civil society conferences. Her research interests encompass feminist security studies, gender and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa. Dr. Rayale received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, her M.A., from York University and her B.A. from the University of Toronto.
Nimco is a British Somaliland feminist and social activist. She is co-founder and director of Daughters of Eve, a survivor-led organisation which has helped to transform the approach to ending female genital mutilation (FGM). Nimco formerly worked on ‘The Girl Generation: Together to End FGM’ campaign, which celebrates the Africa-led movement to end FGM in one generation. Currently, she is an ambassador for #MAKERSUK. MAKERS is AOL’s women’s leadership platform that highlights the stories of ground-breaking women today to create the leaders of tomorrow. In 2014, she was awarded Red Magazine’s Woman of the Year award and also placed at No 6 on the Woman’s Hour Power List. Most recently she was named by The Sunday Times as one of Debrett’s 500 most influential people in Britain, and as one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 most powerful.
Abdirahman Gaas has over 10 years’ experience in rights advocacy, policy dialogue, child protection and building a strong team within the Somaliland civil society. He is an expert in organizational leadership, communication and fundraising as well community wellbeing approaches. He is currently the Executive Director of NAFIS Network in Somaliland, a network of organizations dedicated to fighting against female genital mutilation (FGM). Abdirahman has MA in Development studies at Kampala University and now he is a PhD student in Sustainable Development and Diplomacy in Euclid University. He contributed some researches and writes several papers, policy briefs and dialogues guides; as well he translated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into Somali.
Dr. Richard M. O’Meara presently serves as the Director of the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University and as a Professor of law and Global Security Issues. He is a retired Army General Officer and trial attorney and received his PhD in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and his JD from Fordham University. His research interest includes the application of ethics to the used of military technologies, the intersection of ethnicity and violence in conflict zones, security and foreign policy issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and the North Pacific, and Conflict Resolution. He has travelled widely in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America working with stakeholders to create dialogue and solutions regarding the cessation of conflict.
Marianne is the Founder of Justice Studio, a social justice consultancy based in London, and a supporter of global social equality. She is adept at strategy, planning, project management and design. She has worked extensively in the UK, wider Europe, Asia, and Africa on issues of human rights, and in particular the rights of children. Marianne has vast experience working for unions of nations such as UNICEF and the Council of Europe, developing policy and legislation and speaking on issues of child justice. She has an MSc from Cass Business School, an MA from the University of Middlesex and her first degree was from Oxford University.
Gayanthi Ranatunga is a student at the University of Bristol Law School pursuing her LLM in International Law. She holds a M.Phil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a BA and MA in English Literature from Wichita State University, KS, USA. She is interested in minority rights and indigenous justice systems, especially in Africa. She has been actively engaged in human rights issues relating to Somaliland since having lived there in 2015/2016 and has been working for the Human Rights Center since 2016. She is fully committed to the organization’s vision and goals.