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Brain Gain: Strengthening Somali Institutions and the Role of UK Diaspora Professionals.


Worldwide Somali Students & Professionals (WSSP) invites you to an event in collaboration with IOM MIDA-Somalia programme at the University College London, (UCL). The event aims to bring together diverse Somali professionals in the UK to participate in institutional and capacity building in Somalia. The UK is host to one of the largest and longest established Somali community in Europe.

WSSP is a UK based, global movement that exists to mobilize Somali professionals in the UK and around the world to utilise their expertise, collaborate and address the needs of Somali people.

IOM MIDA-Somalia programme aims to strengthen the institutional capacities of the Somali government to manage and realise their development goals through diaspora engagement.

The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation is a government agency charged with the responsibilities of rebuilding pivotal government institutions. This Ministry is an example of IOM MIDA-Somalia programme beneficiary institutions & Partners.  

Keynote speakers will include:

Mr. Gerard Waite, IOM Chief of Mission in Somalia will discuss IOM’s past, present and future work plans in Somalia.

Mr. Frantz Celestin, IOM MIDA-Somalia Programme Manager: MIDA’s role of strengthening Somali institutions and capacity building.

Mr. Kasim Ali, WSSP Executive Director: Mobilization and the return of diaspora professionals to make a difference.

Miss Nasra Mohamed and Miss Muna Hassan went to Somalia to give back to their community in 2013/14. Nasra went to Galkacyo and worked two months at Galkacyo General Hospital. Muna travelled to Galkactyo and Hargeysa as she volunteered at Edna Aden Hospital in Hargeysa. They will share their experiences with us.

Panel Discussion with Q&A:


Dr. Muna Elmi, Research Associate, UCL Department of Computer Science and a Member of the WSSP Board of Directors. 

Refreshments, socialising and networking: