Jawaahir  Daahir BEM is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Somali Development Services. She was recently awarded the British Empire Medal by Her Majesty, The Queen. Jawaahir has an extensive experience spanning over 22 years in working management and leadership, community development, education, media and research.

She was also the winner of Woman in The Community Award, Leicestershire, 2008. In 2003, she was elected for women’s representative in Leicester Strategic Partnership where she has been serving for 4 years. Moreover, she served and still serving many committees and forums including ITV Midlands Diversity Advisory Panel, Leicestershire Multicultural Advisory Group, Leicestershire Police Independent Advisory Group, Voluntary Action Leicestershire and Community Governor in Upland Junior Primary School. Before to coming to UK in 2000, Jawaahir has worked as a Social Worker in The Hague, Netherlands where she was a Case Manager for refugees’ children who came to the Netherlands without biological parents. Besides, Jawaahir was the Vice-Chair of Somali Women’s collective in The Hague and representative of Somali Women’s Forum in the Netherlands. Prior to this Jawaahir’s career spanned Assistant Professor in Mogadishu University, Faculty of Languages & Literature and journalist in Radio Mogadishu. Jawaahir Holds 2 BA degrees in Social Work & Languages and Literature, MA in Teaching French Language and MA in Islamic Studies.

Jawaahir is co-author of different publications including: Somalis in Leicester, 2014; Somalia to Europe, Leicester, 2011; Somali-Dutch migration to Leicester-UK, 2006; Mapping Somali Children’s Educational Needs, Leicester, 2004; Somali Community Development Needs, Leicester, 2002; My Flight: published in Dutch and Somali language, The Hague, Netherlands, 1998.

Ahmed Tohow is currently the Director of the East Africa Security and Policy Forum Inc –working with the Australian and the Somali community in Melbourne to counter the influence of violent extremists and their ideological influence; Research partnership with Monash University Victoria –Department of Politics and International Relations and worked with Victoria University as Community Researcher and a Facilitator. Ahmed is awarded Ambassador for Peace 2017 from Universal Peace Federation and he is currently Board member of Victorian Peace Council. Ahmed also is a director of Australia Somali Chamber of Commerce and is member of Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce as well as Arab Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Ahmed is a political and security risk specialist leading .

Ahmed has completed two masters – Master of Terrorism and Global Security from Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, from Charles Sturt University Canberra and Master and Bachelor of Social Science International Development Studies Melbourne Australia.

Prior to his professional career, Ahmed worked, aid agencies, UNITAF and UNISOM’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia in 1990s. He also worked with Red Cross, UNHCR and IOM in Egypt. Ahmed Tohow is deputy Board of Directors of the Global Somali Diaspora.

Lul Kulmiye holds a Bachelor in Nursing, Diploma in Human Rights, International Laws and Conflict Management at Buskerud University of College, she also holds Diploma in Somali Language History and Culture at Hedmark University of College, She works as a certified interpreter and Language Supervisor in Interpreting Studies at Oslo and Akershus University College. Lul Kulmiye is a community organizer and Gender Equality Activist, Co-founder of Somali Gender Equity Movement (SGEM) and Board Member Of SGEM. She is awarded TOP10 Norway activists in 2016. Lul is a founding member of Global Somali Diaspora (GSD) and Board Member of GSD.

Engineer Jibril Afyare is Senior Software Engineer at IBM USA, he holds M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) and Computer Science Degree. Member of ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association). Founder and Executive Director of the Somali-American STEM Center. Founder and President of Somali American citizens League. Secretary & Spokesperson of Somali American Task Force. Member of Minneapolis Police’s citizens advisory council. Member of Mayor of Minneapolis community advisory committee. Appointed in October 2015 the Lead Advocacy and human rights of the Global Somali Diaspora. In 2016 recognized and awarded “The Community Leadership Award” by the Coalition of American Communities and the Somali American Community. Jibril is a Board member of Global Somali Diaspora.

Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar (Yusuf Yididiilo) holds a PhD from School of Social Science, La Trobe University, Australia, Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from La Trobe University, Australia, a second Master of Human Science from International Islamic University, Malaysia, Bachelor of Education from International University of Africa, Sudan. He is a researcher, peace practitioner and poet. His research has focused on peace building in Somalia, emotional wellbeing, social healing, identity, belonging, and social transformation and cultural adaptation of young Africans and Muslims particularly Somalis in Western countries. He has published widely in international academic journals and leading Australian newspapers such as The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Yusuf has worked as a consultant and researcher at Victorian Transcultural Mental Health of St Vincent’s Hospital in partnership with the University of Melbourne. In 2012 Yusuf was appointed as a member of the African Ministerial Consultative Committee for the Australian Federal Government (2012–2013). He was also appointed as a Global Advisor for Global Reconciliation in Australia in 2015-current; he is a member of the Advisory Board of Somali Studies published by the Institute of Somali Studies, Mogadishu University. He was a Board member of several organizations and governmental departments including Educational Advisory Committee of Victorian Police and Department of Justice of Australia.  Yusuf  Yididiilo is a Board member of Global Somali Diaspora.