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Hassan Abdi Abdille
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Executive Director
Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI)
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·       Master of Arts in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College, London in 2012

·       Master of Arts Degree in Humanitarian Assistance from Tufts University, USA in 2006

·       Chevening Fellow studied Democracy, Rule of Law and Security at the University of Birmingham in 2008.

·       Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours from Egerton University, Kenya in 2001.

·       Part time lecturer at the University of Nairobi School of Distance and External Studies 2010-2011.

·       A fellow of the African Leadership Centre based in Nairobi and London

·       Speaks English, Swahili, Somali and a little bit of French.

·       Research Fellow with the University of Dar es Salaam Department of political Science and Public Administration in 2013.

Recent Career History

October 2014 to date:         Executive Director, Muslims for Human Rights-MUHURI

Feb 2007 – Sept. 2014:         Principal Human Rights officer, Kenya National Commission             on Human Rights (KNCHR)

2002 – 2006:                  Programme Coordinator ALDEF Kenya, a Humanitarian and Development non-profit organisation  

1995-1998:          Project Officer Relief and Emergency Oxfam GB in Kenya

1994-1995:          Emergency Programme Officer, World Vision in Kenya

1993-1994:          Programme Officer, Nomadic Primary Health Care Program (A Government Inter-Sectoral Programme).

1988 -1993: Agricultural Extension Officer and District Crops Officers, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development, Kenya.

Professional Background

Hassan Abdi Abdille is a Kenyan. Has over twenty years of technical and management experience in participatory development and human rights initiatives having worked with the Government of Kenya, diverse Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as Oxfam, World Vision, MUHURI, Aldef Kenya, other local institutions and partner organizations working in field of human rights, conflict and peace building, food security, livelihoods and humanitarian aid.  He is a peace and security expert and his current focus is to recognizing the need to develop holistic, inclusive, community-rooted and civil society-led solutions to effectively address violent extremism. He is spearheading an approach that leverages existing community structures by bringing key stakeholders together in a collaborative manner built on mutual trust to address pressing security challenges and ongoing grievances.

He holds two Masters Degrees; one is a Master of Arts Degree in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College, London while the other is a Joint Master of Arts Degree in Humanitarian Assistance from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy of Tufts University, USA with specific focus on International human rights law and humanitarian law, Processes of International negotiations, rule of law in post conflict societies, forced migration and human security and international NGO management.

He is a Chevening fellow and studied Democracy, Rule of Law and Security at the University of Birmingham, UK and he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors from Egerton University, Kenya. He has extensive knowledge and experience in research and advocacy work in the areas of governance, human rights, leadership, conflict and peace building, security sector reform and was part of a team that participated in the development of the National Action Plan on Peace Building in Kenya.