Executive Board of Directors and Management
HESPI has an Executive Board of Directors composed of 5 members and the Managing Director services on ex-officio capacity. The Executive Board meets at least two times a year and exercises oversight over the strategies, policies, operations, and finances of HESPI. It approves funding requirements, annual work programs, financial plans, and annual reports and audited financial statements of the Institute.
The Board of Director:
The Managing Director:
Dr. Ali Issa Abdi: MBA in International Finance and PhD in Economics. Worked as Senior Economist and Manager at the International Monetary Fund for nearly three decades. Most recent assignments at the IMF were as an Advisor in the African region, and Senior Resident Representative in Tanzania (2001-04) and in Ethiopia (1998-2001). Other professional experience includes work as an economist with Citibank and the Central Bank of Somalia; and lecturer in economics at several universities in the United States.
Dr. Abdi provided macroeconomic policy advice to more than 30 countries in Africa, Middle East and the Western Hemisphere, during his distinguished career at the IMF. He participated in the formulation of economic and social policy reforms in many countries in Africa, including Ghana and Nigeria (in the West); Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda (in the East), and Mauritius, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (in the South). Dr. Abdi led staff teams that conducted annual consultations and program negotiations with, and provided technical assistance to member countries of the IMF for many years. Dr. Abdi’s many publications include a book on commercial banks and economic development in Eastern Africa, and articles on economic development and monetary systems, as well as reforms and transformation in low income countries.
Country Director - Ethiopia and Somalia
Mr. Ali Abdulkadir Farah: Worked as an official of the United Nations. Senior Information Officer and Editor at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); covered economic developments in the region, including poverty reduction, trade and debt issues, as well as prepared press and special briefings (1984-89, 1991-99 & 2003-05). Registration officer of the UN Western Sahara mission (1999-2003). Information Officer/Spokesman, UN Iran and Iraq mission (1989-91). Qatar Times News Editor (1982-84); Chief Correspondent, Dubai Times (1976-82); and Director Foreign languages programming of Radio Mogadishu (1968-76).
Country Director - Kenya
Dr. Aues Scek: has PhD in Development Economics and Population Studies. He worked as a Senior Economic Advisor and Manager for several GTZ programs for over a decade and half in Swaziland, Kenya, Malawi and at the GTZ headquarters in Germany. The last assignment (2005-06) with GTZ was to coordinate and implement with other development partners and African Countries the Strategic Partnership with Africa sector program and aid tracking exercise. His other professional experience includes working as project manager on institutional capacity development for UNDP Somalia (2006-09) on Public Finance Management, budgetary and policy reforms. He has more than 25 years experience in development policy formulation and reforms.
Dr. Scek provided consultancy services to the United States Agency for International Development, Carolina Population Center, German Foundation for International Development, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, International Labor Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. Dr Scek is a seasoned economist and has gained broad management experience in policy formulation, development strategies, design and implementation of PFM systems, institutional capacity building, and performance monitoring and evaluation. Dr Scek lectured in several universities in Europe, Africa and the USA and has many articles and policy reports on budgeting, planning, governance and poverty reduction strategies.