co-founder and Director of Daughters of Eve
Nimco is a British Somali feminist, writer and social activist. She is co-founder and director of Daughters of Eve, a survivor-led organisation which has helped to transform the approach to ending female genital mutilation (FGM). Nimco’s debate book “RUDE’ There Is No Such Thing as Over-Sharing Nimco is currently working to ensure Somaliland enacts legislation to ban FGM in a country where 98% of women and girls have been affected. She is also lead advisor to the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to End FGM She is a former ambassador for MAKERSUK, AOL’s women’s leadership platform that highlights th.e stories of ground-breaking women today to create the leaders of tomorrow. In 2014, she was awarded Red Magazine’s Woman of the Year award, and also placed at No 6 on the Woman’s Hour Power List. Most recently she was named by The Sunday Times as one of Debrett’s 500 most influential people in Britain, and as one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 most powerful. Nimco was a trustee for Women for Refugee Women and the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize and is a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party.
Founder & Director of Redsea Cultural Foundation
Dr. Jama Musse Jama is an ethno-mathematician and author. He has a PhD in African Studies specializing in Computational Linguistics of African Languages. He has created and currently directing Somali Corpus, an online platform to manage corpus database for Somali language. Dr. Jama is also notable for his research on traditional Somali board games and other African indigenous knowledge to improve basic education and development in Africa. He is founder of the Redsea Cultural Foundation, the organization behind the Hargeysa International Book Fair, which has become one of the most important literary gatherings and book celebrations in East Africa. Jama Musse is now leading the establishment of the Hargeysa Cultural Centre in Somaliland.
Anne E. Kobaek
Head of the Danida Programme Office in Hargeisa, Somaliland
Ms. Anne Elisabeth Kobaek is the Head of the Danida Programme Office in Hargeisa, Somaliland and currently works for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Anne has more than 15 years of experience working with developmental and humanitarian issues in 5 different continents. Having worked with United Nations, International NGOs and the Red Cross she has lead and overseen the implementation of numerous development programmes as well as the supporting local organisations and government institutions in reaching strategic goals. In addition, Anne has dedicated part of her time to humanitarian relief operations as member of the Red Cross emergency roster. She is a women’s rights activist and previously UN gender focal point.
Anne is the founding member of the Danish chapter of the Guatemala based organisation Safe Passage providing educational support to some of the poorest families in Guatemala city.
Nasibah Elmi is a graduate student pursuing her Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree, specializing in Land-Use and Environmental Planning. She has a B.A. in Globalization Studies and is currently working on organic waste reduction policy, food access studies, environmental law and zoning ordinance reform. Her research interests include: participatory planning, zoning for sustainability, the consumption of public space, upgrading informal settlements and open source mapping initiatives. Her interest in the SDGs grew when she attended a policy dialogue on SDG 11 at the UN HQ in New York. In addition to SDG 11, goals 2, 5, 6, 7 and 12 are of particular importance to her