International Advisory Panel

HESPI has an international advisory panel which comprises a prestigious group of experts from the sub-region and abroad who have a strong commitment and passion for economic and social development of the Horn of Africa and other low income countries. The current advisory Panel comprises the following

Dr. Abdalla Hamdok

has PhD in Economics and is Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNECA. He worked as Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East of the International IDEA. Mr. Hamdok worked at the African Development Bank and at ILO/Southern Africa Multidisciplinary Advisory Team in Zimbabwe and was Head of Public Sector Group of Deloitte and Touche. He was senior official with the government of Sudan, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

Dr. Andrew Mullei

has PhD in Economics, was former Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya.He was Director Economic Growth Centre in Nairobi. Dr. Mullei was a former Director of African Monetary Centre and Advisor to the Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Dr. Brendon J. Cannon

has a Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Utah, USA) with an emphasis on Comparative Politics and International Relations and an M.A. in Middle East Studies and History (University of Utah, USA). He currently teaches courses specializing in international relations of the Horn of Africa/East Africa, terrorism and security, political economy, resource politics and international organizations at Kisii University in Kenya. Dr. Cannon previously directed the Gollis University Research Institute in Hargeisa, Somalia (2014-2016) and is the author of numerous publications, including "Terrorists, Geopolitics and Kenya’s Proposed Border Wall with Somalia" and "Deconstructing Turkey's Efforts in Somalia." His full-length book, entitled "Legislating Reality and Politicizing History," explores the intersection of nationalism, sectarianism, ethnic cleansing and diverse readings of history for political purposes.

Mr. Heikki A. Haili

has M.A. in Economics and is Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland in Tanzania (2008-). He has some 30 years’ experience in management and development economics, and has resided in Africa for many years working on economic development issues.

Mr. Matthias Meyer

has headed a consulting group in Geneva since 2005. He has specialized in economic and trade integration and institutional capacity development focusing on low-income developing countries. Has also lectured at several universities and published in academic journals. From 2002 to 2005, he negotiated as ambassador at the World Trade Organization for the Swiss Government and directed a government think tank on the coherence of trade and development policies. He served as Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank from 1997 to 2002. Before that he was operational head of economic development cooperation at the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), chief of an operational division at the Inter-American Development Bank, and unit manager at SECO. He started his career as young professional and economist at the regional mission of the World Bank at Abidjan. He is a lawyer and economist by training

Mr. Mohamed B. Yonis

Mohamed B. Yonis has over 40 years of experience in international development and diplomacy. Mr. Yonis holds an MPA from Harvard University where he was a Mason Fellow, and a BA in Political Science and Business Management from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He also holds diplomas in conflict resolution and in education obtained in Canada, Somalia and Germany. He is well known as an expert on public policy, particularly, in relation to governance, management and peace building in Africa

Mr. Yonis spent over 17 years at the United Nations, leaving at the Assistant Secretary-General level as the Deputy Joint Special Representative for Operations and Management in the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur. He also worked for the African Development Bank in Côte d’Ivoire for almost 15 years at various senior positions, including the Deputy Director of Human Resources Management, and Director/Management Adviser to the Bank President.

Mr. Yonis is a seasoned public figure and served as a former Foreign Minister of Somaliland for over two years through October 2015. While in that capacity, he co-hosted the first Investment Conference for Somaliland with the UK Government in London; led a high-level delegation to the first Somaliland Conference at the European Union Parliament in Brussels in January 2015; and participated as an observer at the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings in May 2015.

Dr. Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa

was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, where he also received his basic education. He holds a Bsc in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Vaxjo, Sweden, (1981), Certificates in Economics and Mathematics (1983), and a PhD in Economics (1988) from Gothenburg University, in Sweden, where he also subsequently became Associate Professor (1994). While at Gothenburg he was a consultant on aid to African countries for the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation. During this time, he undertook research collaboration with many universities in Africa  including Cape Town,  Makerere, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, and Zambia.

Outside academia, he worked as a Research Fellow and Project Director at the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) in Helsinki, (1999-2001), Senior Economist at the IMF, in Washington (2002-2007), and Lead Economist (2007-2009), Director for several departments, including Research and Operations (2009-2014), and Acting Chief Economist and Vice President at the African Development Bank (2014-2015) in Tunis and Abidjan.

Mr. Teferi Seyoum

has M.A. in Sociology. He was senior United Nations official for over 28 years and worked at the UNFPA headquarters NY in 2004. Mr. Seyoum was UNFPA Representative in Tanzania. Ghana and Uganda.