HESPI Associates and Senior Associates

(As of March 2023)

At its regional headquarters, in Addis Ababa, HESPI maintains a core technical staff, led by the Managing Director to ensure that its work and policy advisory services have the highest level of professionalism. Other technical staff of HESPI comprises a number of Senior Associates and Associates, including economic and social research experts and specialists on Public private sector management, financial sectors issues, financial governance, institutional capacity building, trade, investment and economic integration specialties. These associates are supplemented by consultants on short-term assignments as required. Below is the list of Associates and Senior Associates by order of last name:

Mr. Abdirazak M. Aden has a Master’s degree (MSc) in Agriculture Extension and Education. He is a social scientist with extensive practical experience in rural development, agricultural extension and education. He is currently the President of Nugal University, in Sool, Somalia

Amb. Hiruy Amanuel’s recent engagements have been with the UN serving as Senior Advisor on Sudan, South Sudan/Horn of Africa Affairs, and as Political Director of the UN Mission in South Sudan. Other regional work took him to Nairobi directing the Africa work of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, and to IGAD to head its regional security program (ICPAT).

He earlier served as diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia in various positions including Director General for Europe and America, Charge’ d’affaires at the Embassy in Paris and Ambassador to Germany.  Prior to diplomatic work, he worked as a radio journalist and trainer also responsible for external relations of mass public organizations (youth) in Ethiopia. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from Syracuse University, USA.

Mr. Paulos Basazinew is a highly qualified auditor and a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), UK, and has Master of Business Administration (MBA). After graduating from Addis Ababa University with BA degree in Accounting, he worked at the Office of the Federal Audit General (OFAG) from 2001-2013, and before that at Repi Private Limited Company, Degefa Lemessa & Co. (Private audit firm), and Ethiopian Social Rehabilitation and Development Fund (ESRDF) funded by the World Bank. More recently, he worked at Kokeb and Melkamu Audit Partnership as a Partner.

Mr. Ahmedei CHEIKGUREI has worked in various roles where he fostered international association for developing human capacity and institutions, diaspora networking, recruitment, empowering communities through skills, knowledge and support. His experiences encompass expertise in empowerment and design of policies for sustainable international development. Furthermore, he promotes key projects that have significant impact on Global Migration, including preventive measures and countering violent extremism, global healthcare programs implementation, policy formation for security and stabilization, humanitarian affairs, peace building and reconciliation.

Mr. Cheikgurei is an American citizen. He holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield Collage in Los Angeles, CAhe and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Springfield Collage in San Diego. Mr. Cheikgurei has lived in various countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia, Turkey and the United Sates.  He speaks Arabic, English, Somalia and Turkish

Mr. Abdelkarim A. Haji Hassan has a distinguished career in the private sector, including over 15 years in managing multimillion-dollar Agro business programs in the United States, Central America, European Union and East Africa. Mr. Hassan has developed and established a certification program in best practices in the field of Agribusinesses in North America. He holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) from San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA and undergraduate degree in Agronomy (BSc) from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, College of Agriculture. He is the cofounder and COO of Solutions 4 Development (S4D,) a Management Consulting Firm that provides tangible action for the private and public sectors to accelerate the implementation of innovative solutions.

Mr. Hassan served as a Senior Consultant/Advisor for the UNDP Somalia – Support to Emerging Federal Member States Project. He was instrumental in formulating Strategic plans and Institutional Development programs for Somalia’s Federal Member States (FMS) under UNDP state formation program.


Mr. Abdirizak A. Hassan  has a Ph.D. in Financial Economics with a solid grasp of the full ranges of development issues and challenges and the broad range of economic policy issues. For six years, he was the Chief Economic Advisor to the Central Bank of Somalia and led many reform efforts at the Bank, including Currency Reform and National Payment Systems Initiatives. Dr. Abdirizak was a Professor in the Departments of Economics and Finance at the Franklin University from 2006 to 2013 and has extensive practical experience in the challenges facing post-conflict Somalia gained through working with various international, public and private sector entities. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Gargaara Company Limited; an MSME financing facility established to support the productive sector- Agriculture, Fishery, Livestock & energy in Somali. Dr. Abdirizak currently works as a Senior economic consultant.

Mr. Bashir Issa Ali has a Masters in Public Administration from American Century University in the USA. Former CEO of Commercial Bank of Somalia and Governor of the Central Bank of Somalia

Dr. Kansiime Monica Kagorora holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Kenyatta University, in Kenya. She is a Research and also a seasoned Monitoring and Evaluation professional. her research work has focused on climate change adaption, commodity value chains, food security, and farming systems.

Mr. Joseph Kakoza has over thirty years of work experience at the International Monetary Fund. He started as a Young Professional (Economist) at the IMF (1970-72); and was an economist and senior economist at the African Department, IMF (1977- 95); and Deputy Division Chief Monetary, IMF (1995-2006). As Deputy Division Chief he led IMF missions to The Gambia, Comoros, Seychelles, Sierra Leone and Malawi. Apart from IMF assignments in Washington, he was IMF Resident Representative to Sierra Leone (1981-83) and Zambia (2003-2006).

As an IMF economist, the major focus of Mr. Kakoza’s work was on macroeconomic policies and surveillance. Special emphasis was put on growth and development issues and policies. This entailed support for capacity building in Africa and other developing and emerging countries. In this regard, he participated in a number of initiatives and studies to support reform agendas in many countries. As mission member, mission chief and Resident Representative, he supported governments in preparing their national medium and long-term development plans/agendas; and worked on many Francophone countries in Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo, Djibouti, Burundi, The Comoros, Guinea), gaining fluency in French.

Mr. Kakoza has a BA in Economics (Upper Second), from University of East Africa (Makerere) March 1968; an MA in economics, Yale University (AFGRAD Scholar); and was a Doctoral Candidate (Economics) 1973-1977 at Yale University, and completed the requirements for a Ph.D, except for the submission of a doctoral dissertation.

Mr. Mohamed Abdi Mohamed is currently a Genral Manager at the Central bank of Somalia, and was Associate Chief Financial Officer (ACFO)  and Director of Financial Operations, Office of Finance and Resource Management Government of the District of Columbia for over two decades. He was a Consultant to UNDP Somalia in 2005, and prepared a concept paper for the Transitional Public Finance Institutions.

Mr. Mohamed has a Masters of Business Administration, University of District of Columbia, United States,  and Bachelor of Arts, Lafole College,Somalia. Other education includes public financial management, Harvard University, Kennedy Business School, certificate in accounting and financial management, University of Maryland, United States   and advance government financing certificate, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2005.

Prof. Kinandu MURAGU holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts. He is currently a director  of Development Impact Consulting in charge of institutional development and finance. Prof. Muragu has provided exemplary leadership having headed or worked at senior levels in both private and public sector institutions in Kenya and other countries. He is also a board member in several  national and regional institutions. Prof. Muragu has previously worked for the Central Bank of Kenya, The Kingdom of Lesotho, the United States International University-Africa, the Eastern and Southern African Institute (ESAMI), and  the University of Nairobi.

Dr Halima is Tanzanian national. She has a Bachelor of Law from Nairobi University (1983-86), Masters in Comparative Law and PhD in International Law (1991-97) from Stockholm University. She worked as a Researcher at the Faculty of Law, Stockholm University (1994-97), and as Program Officer in charge of trade with Eco-News Africa, Nairobi (1997-2001). Between 2002-05, Dr. Noor worked as an International Consultant with UNDP Somalia and with the Kenyan government under the European Union Post Lome Trade Negotiations. Since 2005 she has worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Interregional Advisory Services in Switzerland, as Regional Advisor.

Ms. Zuleikha Salim Said has a M.Phil. in Development Studies from Keble College, University of Oxford; an MA and BA (Honours) in Modern and Medieval Language (French and Spanish). She worked at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Somalia, since 2013, and for United Nations Economics Commission for Africa High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Africa, from Sept 2011- Sept 2012. Zuleikha worked on short-term consultancies – paid and voluntary – on development issues for the African Development Bank (AFDB). From April 2005 – February 2009, she worked as Director/coordinator of the Parliamentary Network at the World Bank office in Paris, and from February 2003 – April 2005 as coordinator/researcher of the All Party Group on Heavily Indebted Poor Countries, of the House of Commons, UK. ZuleiKha is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Somali, Swahili and Luganda and has basic knowledge of Arabic.

Dr. Aues Scek is currently a member of the National Economic Council of Somalia. He has a PhD in economics and is a senior development economist who has gained broad experience in policy formulation, design of development strategies, and implementation of PFM systems.  Most recently Dr. Aues has worked in budgetary reform development, organizational change Kenya, Malawi and Somalia. He jointly led with the World Bank country economist a team of consultants in assessment of PFM system in Somalia (Somaliland, Puntland and South Central), developed recommendations and work-plan to introduce a wide range of reforms into organizations including machinery of government changes. He has worked as a consultant to UNDP and World Bank and bilateral development organizations on planning/budgeting, institutional capacity building and programming, monitoring and evaluation in a number of countries. He has more than 25 years’ experience as policy advisor and senior manager in Government and for international organizations.

Mr. Shiundu is a Kenyan and holds a Master of Science in Maritime Safety Administration (Marine Engineering) from World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden. He did Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

His work experience is largely in the areas of Maritime Safety and Administration in the Horn of Africa Countries. He worked at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a Director of Technical Cooperation Division, Senior Deputy Director level and at other positions for over 20 years. Mr. Shiundu consulted, organized and negotiated Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with three host Governments, including Kenya that led to the opening of the first three Regional Maritime Safety Administration Offices in Africa covering 49 countries. Mr. Shiundu is an excellent communicator and negotiator with strong inter-personal skills with attained quality results within strict deadlines and budgets. He has high-level international and diplomatic experience in managing and implementing development cooperation programs in the commercial and public sectors especially in developing countries

Dr. Samuel Tefera is  researcher and  Assistant Professor, Center for African and Asian Studies, College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University. Dr. Samuel holds PhD in African Studies from the University of Kyoto. He taught courses including Qualitative Research Methods; Graduate Seminar on Gender and Culture; Political Pluralism and African Unity; Graduate Seminar in Gender; Culture and Development; Re-visiting Anthropology in Africa; Political Change and Dynamics in the Middle East; Cultural Grounds of Economic/Political Development in Africa.    

Dr. Samuel provided tailored trainings and courses on Maritime Security and Water Geo Politics to Navy trainees. He has the required knowledge and skills to handle maritime security issues (studies, dialogues and designing strategies) especially in the context of the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden. He also provided training in other diverse areas of Natural Resources Management which included Pastoral Economics and Development Program, Pastoral Policy Analysis; Pastoral Livelihoods; Pastoral Institutions, and Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.

Dr. Wondimu has a DPhil in economics (Peking University), a Master of Engineering specializing in Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development (IHE Delft Institute), BSc in Water resource Engineering (Arba Minch University). He is a certified Practicing Hydraulics Engineer. He worked as a State Minster in the Ministry of Water & Energy; Commissioner and & Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Energy; Deputy General Manager in the Addis Ababa Water & Sewerage Authority; General Manager in the Southern Ethiopia Water Works Construction Enterprise; General Manager the Southern Ethiopia Irrigation Development Authority; Deputy Manager in the Southern Ethiopia Irrigation Development Authority. Member of the high-level efforts to enhance the performance of the East African Power Pool (EAPP); as one of Vice President in the African Union Specialized, Technical Committee Transport, Interregional Infrastructure, Energy, and Tourism Bureau, representing the East African Countries; Advisory Board Member in the African Power, Energy, and Water Industry (Enlit Africa); Board Chairman in Ethiopian Airport Enterprise; Board Member in the Ethiopia Electric Power Corporation & Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation; Board Chairman in the Ethiopian Rural Electrification Fund, etc. Currently, he is working as a Senior Climate Resilience Advisor in the Green Agro Solution PLC.   

Mr. Haile Melekot Tekle Giorgis was Minister of State, Ministry of Capacity Building and Ministry of defense, Ethiopia, 2001-05.; and Vice-Minister for Finance 1995-2001. He led the design and implementation of a nationwide public expenditure management reform program in planning, budgeting, accounting, and procurement for federal and regional public bodies. Department head Ethiopian Management Institute, 1980-93; he designed training programs, monitored and evaluated training programs, and participated in consultancy assignments. He was chairperson and member of many Public sector Boards including: Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation, Board of Trustee for Public Enterprises, Calub Gas Share Co., Ethiopian Petroleum Enterprise, Board of Management of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Ethio-Lybian Joint Agricultural Co., Fertilizer Industry Agency, and Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority.

Mr. Haile Melekot holds a Masters in Public Administration (2006) from Harvard Univ., John F. Kennedy School of Government; A Masters in Accounting and Development Finance (1989) from Birmingham University, U.K. and a BA in Accounting (1980) from Addis Ababa University.

Ms. Asegedech (Assi) Woldemariam has an MA in Economics from Syracuse University, USA, and over two and half decades experience at the IMF. She has extensive research and analytical expertise in macroeconomic and public finance issues.

Mr. Abdulahi M. Yahie is an economist with Masters Degree from the University of California at Los Angels (UCLA) and has more than 35 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in development policy, planning, research, design and management of broad base pro-poor interventions in Africa continent.