Senior Project Manager
Sub-Saharan Africa Unit
Abass Sheikh has been working as a Senior Project Manager for the Berghof Foundation since 2017, where he is responsible for the implementation of conflict transformation projects in Somalia. Based in Mogadishu, he is currently managing a project in the state of Galmudug, which supports the stabilization and social cohesion of the state through multitrack dialogues. He previously co-managed a project in the State of Hirshabelle, which specifically supported mediation and dialogue processes in Hirshabelle through the establishment of an ‘Insider Peacebuilders Network’ and the implementation of large community dialogues. Together with other team members, Abass has led a detailed analysis of the conflict dynamics in both states and produced comprehensive reports, which support the Berghof Foundation’s goal of supporting conflict transformation in Somalia.
Abass has many years of experience in program design and delivery, gained both in non-governmental organizations and consultancies. In the past, Abass has held a number of technical and managerial roles on research and policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, institutional capacity building, governance, and community-led reconstruction with organizations such as the National Democratic Institute and the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies. Abass has worked in hard-to-access and challenging areas within Somalia and has conducted a number of research projects in various countries including Kenya, Somalia and Syria/Jordan. In addition, Abass has also evaluated Somali Stability Fund (SSF)’s overall youth portfolio, which was implemented across Somalia. Abass holds a Master’s degree in Post-war Recovery Studies from the University of York, UK.