Somalia Research Interest Group

our team

our team

Abdihamid Warsame

Abdihamid Warsame is the founder & coordinator of the Somali Research Interest Group and a Research Fellow in Humanitarian Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His current research, centres on developing, piloting and evaluating the application of improved metrics of performance in humanitarian settings and epidemics. Abdihamid has extensive humanitarian public health experience. He is a member of the Global Health Cluster’s Public Health Information Services Task Team as well as the Conflict and Health Research Group at King’s College London. He holds an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Halima Mohamed

Halima Mohamed is an accomplished public health leader with over 15 years’ experience leading all aspects of public health missions and projects from conception to successful conclusion. She is an expert in the protection, prevention, control and management of communicable diseases (COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, TB, viral hepatitis) and non-communicable health conditions (mental health, substance abuse, childhood obesity, maternal and child health, domestic violence, inner-city crime) targeting populations with varied demographics. She has had the opportunity to develop, design, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate complex health interventions for integrated care systems (primary, secondary, tertiary and social care) for populations with varied socio-economic circumstances. She has led missions and delivered projects for the United Nations, the World Bank, various health authorities and governmental and non-governmental organizations. She has completed her PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and an MSc from the University of Calgary.

Mohamed Jelle

Mohamed Jelle is a Research Fellow at UCL Institute for Global Health and his main research focus lies in the intersection between nutrition, cash transfers, migration and use of verbal autopsies (VA), often within the context of populations affected by humanitarian emergencies caused by conflict or disasters. He has over 8 years progressive experience in humanitarian work both in programming and research capacities. Prior to joining UCL, Mohamed worked with local and international NGOs and the UN.  He holds an MSc in Nutrition and Rural Development from University of Gent, Belgium and is currently a PhD candidate in nutritional epidemiology at the UCL Institute for Global Health.

Abdinasir Yusuf Osman

Abdinasir Yusuf Osman is veterinary epidemiologist, and a public health researcher working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK. Currently, as part of the POANDORA-ID-NET consortium, he is serving as a project coordinator of UKRI-COVID-19 lockdown project in sub-Saharan Africa led by Queen Mary University of London. Abdinasir is also RVC active member of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) Global Eradication Programme in East African systems in collaboration with FAO and OIE. His research interests and approaches are at the interface between the agent and the host in the relevant environment at local and global levels. The application of epidemiologic techniques to understand the drivers and persistence of infectious diseases and to evaluate the cost-effective intervention strategies to mitigate the force of infection and epidemics as well as associated risk factors are of particular interest. Abdinasir is also interested in capacity building and translating evidence into policy. Prior to joining the RVC, Abdinasir served as assistant professor in Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Senior advisor to the Ministry of Livestock, Forestry and Range, Somalia, president of Somali Veterinary Medical Association and visiting fellow in Airlangga University, Indonesia and University of Khartoum, Sudan.