Who We Are ➔ Our Team

Our Team

Somali Natural Resources Research Center (SONRREC) is a non-profit and independent research organization that was established in 2016 with the objective to manage, protect and shape the country’s natural resources in a sustainable manner by improving the economic well being and eradicate the poverty through evidence based scientific research, capacity development and consultancy services.


Mohamed Dayib Abubakar 

Executive Director

Mohamed Dayib Abubakar is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Somali Natural Resource Research Center (SONRREC). He is the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Science at Jazeera University, Mogadishu-Somalia. He is also a senior Lecturer at different Universities in Mogadishu

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Abdullahi Hassan 

 Director of Strategic Partnerships

Abdullahi Hassan is a co-founder and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Somali Natural Resources Research Center (SONRREC). He is a management committee member of the International Water Association-Water Security and Safety Management Specialist Group and Central Director and Executive Committee member of International Water Association for Young Water Professionals Canada.


Dr Ibrahim Ali

Director of Research Depatment

Dr Ibrahim Ali is a Director of Research Department of Somali Natural Recourses Research Center (SONRREC).  He has done his first degree in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Gedarif University, Sudan. He has then pursued his post-graduate studies in Khartoum, where he earned a master’s degree in 2012.Ibrahim then studied in the Division of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham, completing a PhD in soil sciences (2015-2020).Ibrahim has been a passionate researcher in environmental soil chemistry for more than 10 years.


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Mohamed Nour khalif 

 Director of Capacity Building

Mohamed Nour khalif holds is a Director of Capacity Building Somali Natural Resources Research Center (SONRREC). He is a Master of Agriculture Science and Resource Management in Tropics and Sub-Tropics from Bonn University, Germany. His studies mainly focuses on nitrogen cycling, increasing agricultural nutrient-use efficiency by optimizing plant-soil microorganism interactions. 

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Mohamed Derow

 Director of Admin and Finance

Mohamed Derow is the Director of Admin and Finance of Somali Natural Resources Research Center (SONRREC). He has been in the field of Finance for almost 14 years, from Cashier at the SIMAD University in 2007 to Financial Specialist at CEVA Logistics at the 4th biggest supply chain in the world with over USD 7.1 Billion in annual revenues based in Toronto, Canada.


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Abdulqadir Omar Ziyad 

 Head Program

Abdulqadir Ziyad is the Head of Programs at the Somalia Natural Resources Research Center (SONRREC). He holds Masters of Science in Marine Biology and Oceanography. Besides his literacy in science, he is an ocean lover, advocate, and scuba diver. Currently, he is affiliated with the Somali National University as the Head of the Marine Science Department. He is also a lecturer and researcher and the Faculty of Marine Science at the City University of Mogadishu, where he taught Marine Ecology, Marine Biology, and Aquaculture.



Elegbede Isa

 Senior Researcher

Elegbede, Isa is a Senior Researcher of the Somali Natural Resources Research Center (SONRREC) and affiliated with the Faculty of Environment and Natural Sciences, Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Germany. His research theme mainly focuses on fisheries and sustainability certifications and marine resource innovations.