Ahmed Hassen has 14 years of experience in conflict resolution, economic resilience, local governance, and citizens’ empowerment throughout East Africa and the Horn, and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Party for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Somalia People-Centered Governance Activity (PCG). He has held roles of key responsibility, including Director of Governance and Peacebuilding, Head of Programs, and Deputy Country Director. He is a highly experienced researcher, having designed and led many studies in conflict, political economy, local governance systems, stabilization and reconciliation, and gender equality, youth, and social inclusion. Ahmed is also an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, the world’s oldest and the United Kingdom’s leading defense and security think tank. Over the past decade, he has been at the forefront of designing and implementing sustainable development frameworks, policies, and activities for local governance in Somalia, and he has also worked in Uganda, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.

He is fluent in Somali, English, and Amharic, professionally intermediate in Oromifaa, and has basic skills in Arabic.



Dan Langfitt

Dan Langfitt is an international development professional with more than 12 years of experience at both the community and country levels, including almost nine years at DAI.

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