Abdi Ismail Isse
Abdi Ismail Isse is an Edward S. Mason fellow pursuing a mid-career Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is also an Emirates Leadership Initiative Fellow at the School’s Centre for Public Leadership and co-editor for the Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy. Before joining Harvard, Abdi worked in the humanitarian field for 10 years in Central Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa in various management capacity with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Abdi’s interests are understanding the key issues that contribute to humanitarian crises; the persistent violations of international humanitarian law during the conduct of hostilities; and the roles and responsibilities of states and non-state armed actors in minimizing the impact of conflicts on the civilian population. Born in Somalia, Abdi left his country at the onset of the civil war and spent most of his formative years in Italy and the UK where he obtained his BA in Development Studies and History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.