Staff Members

Meet our dedicated team who work together to advance the Institute’s objectives.

Hassan Khannenje, Ph.D.

Director, HORN Institute

Halkano Abdi Wario, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Center for the Study of Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization

Roselyne Omondi

Associate Director, Research

Daniel Iberi

Strategic Communications Manager

Fauzia Hussein

Strategic Communications Assistant

Evans Ombisa

Graphic Designer

Mwenda Kobia

Social Media Strategist

Edmond John Pamba

Research Assistant

Janice Sanya

Research Intern

Mary Ododa

Research Assistant

Josephat Maina

Accountant

Faiza Farah

Research Intern

Nakhumicha Shirley Otube

Research Intern

Deko A. Awel

Administrative Intern

Hassan Khannenje, Ph.D.

Position: Director, HORN Institute

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, United States
  • Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy with a concentration in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies from Duquesne University, United States
  • Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the University of Nairobi, Kenya

Areas of Specialization

  • Conflict Analysis, Resolution, and Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research
  • Foreign Policy and International Relations

Professional Membership

  • The Academy of Political Science (USA)
  • National Scholars Honor Society (USA)

Halkano Abdi Wario, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Director, Center for the Study of Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization

Academic Qualifications
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Religion (Islamic Studies) from University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Master of Philosophy in Religion from Moi University, Kenya
  • Bachelor of Education (Arts) from Moi University, Kenya
  • Senior Humanities Research Fellow of Volkswagen Foundation of Germany with ongoing research project on nexus of film and counter-narrative production
Areas of Specialization
  • Trends and Discourses on Countering Violent Extremism in the Horn of Africa
  • Transnational Religious/Islamic Movements in Africa
  • Muslim Personal Law in Africa
  • Religion and Media
  • Identity Politics and Social Change among Communities and Nations in the Horn Africa
Professional Membership
  • International Association for History of Religions
  • African Studies Association (USA)
  • African Association for the Study of Religion
  • African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE)

Roselyne Omondi

Position: Associate Director, Research

 

Academic Qualifications

  • Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts in Journalism, Media and Globalisation from Aarhus University, Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX), (Denmark) and Swansea University (United Kingdom)
  • Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts in International Humanitarian Action from Rijksuniveriteit, Netherlands.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Sociology from Kenyatta University, Kenya.
  • Certificates in: Peace Research from University of Oslo (Norway), Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Theory and Practice from Leiden University (The Netherlands), Advanced Grammar, Advanced Academic Writing, Research Writing, Critical Thinking, and Comprehensive Writing from Swansea University (United Kingdom); Development Policies and Children’s Rights (Finland); First aid, Security, Safety and Survival in the field (Germany); Basic and Advanced Security in the Field (Kenya).
Areas of Specialization
  • War, Conflict, and Terrorism
  • Peace Research
  • Writing (Research, Academic, Creative – Generalist, Specialist)
  • Editing and Proofreading
  • Media and Communication

Daniel Iberi

Position: Strategic Communications Manager

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Bachelor of Education (Arts) from Kenyatta University, Kenya.
  • Trainer in Communication for Development
Areas of Specialization
  • Information Gathering, Analysis and Report Writing
  • Advanced Editing and Writing
  • Online Journalism and Social Media Communication
  • Development Communication
  • Facilitation and Training
Professional Membership
  • Public Relations Society of Kenya
  • Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ)

Fauzia Hussein

Position: Strategic Communications Assistant

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Chuka University, Kenya
Areas of Specialization
  • Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Media

Evans Ombisa

Position: Graphic Designer

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Technology (Design) from Technical University of Kenya, Kenya
  • Professional Counselling
Areas of Specialization
  • Graphic Design
  • Advertising and Publishing
  • Branding

Mwenda Kobia

Position: Social Media Strategist

Academic Qualifications
  • Bachelors of Arts in Fashion Design and Marketing
  • Bachelors of Arts in Media Production
Areas of specialization
  • Social Media Strategy & Social Networking
  • Media Production and film editing
  • Research and Web data analysis

Edmond John Pamba

Position: Research Assistant

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from Maseno University, Kenya.
Areas of Specialization
  • International Security
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • International Law
  • International Political Economy
  • Global Governance and Globalization
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • Regional Integration
  • International Trade and Migration Development

Janice Sanya

Position: Research Intern

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy, University of Nairobi (ongoing), Kenya
Areas of Specialization
  • Security
  • International Relations
  • Gender and International Relations
  • World Politics

Mary Ododa

Position: Research Assistant

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Certificate in Critical Thinking in Global Challenges from University of Edinburgh
Areas of Specialization
  • Environmental Trainer
  • Research
  • Environmental Management
 Areas of Specialization
  • IAIAsa – International Association of Impact Assessments (South Africa)

Josephat Maina

Position: Accountant

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Commerce (Finance Option) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
 Areas of Specialization
  • Financial Accounting
  • Tax Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting

Faiza Farah

Position: Research Intern

Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Arts in International Relations from United States International University – Africa, Kenya (ongoing)
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (with concentration in Development Studies and a Minor in Psychology) from United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Areas of specialization

  • Peace and Conflict
  • Development Studies

Nakhumicha Shirley Otube

Position: Research Intern

Education

  • Master of Science in International Defence and Security – Cranfield University, Defence Academy, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (a double concentration in Foreign Policy and Diplomacy and Peace and Conflict Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice) – United States International University (USIU) – Africa, Kenya

Areas of specialization

  • Gender and conflict
  • Justice and Security Sector Reform
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Migration
  • Peacebuilding

Membership

  • Vital Voices Lead Fellow
  • Commonwealth Scholar

Deko A. Awel

Position: Administrative Intern

Academic Qualification

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (with Concentration in Organizational Psychology) – United States International University – Africa, Kenya
  • Certificate in Human Resource – North Pole College

Areas of Specialization

  • Organizational Psychology
  • Human Resource Development
  • Office Assistance