Abdiqani Sheikh Omar Hassan
Abdiqani Sheikh Omar Hassan (1984) is the former Director General in both the Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development and the Ministry of Health and Human Service at Federal Government of Somalia. Since April 2019 he has been the Senior WASH Strategic Policy Advisor in the ministry of Energy and Water at the Federal Government of Somalia
Background & Education
Dr Abdiqani is a Bachelor's Degree holder from Benadir University, Major in Medicine and Surgery. He also has Master's Degree in Public Health from Kampala University in Uganda. He holds other qualifications in Master of Business Administration from United States International University Africa, Master of International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid at KALU Institute, Diploma in Human resource management from Dima College, Kenya and a qualifying post-graduate diploma in Malaria Program Planning and Management from University of Tehran
Dr. Abdiqani has been offering his services in the medical and public health industry for over 10 years. He first started off as an Assistant Coordinator in the National Refugee Commission back in 2007.
He gradually climbed up the professional career ladder by working as an Executive Director at the Somali Young Doctors Association,  a Research Fellow at the Somali Medical Research Institute, a National Malaria Director at the Ministry of Health, and offering consultancy services as a technical advisor and survey coordinator for the Malaria Program in Somalia.
In 2014 he was appointed as a Director General in the Ministry of Health and Human Service in Somalia.  Under his 2-year leadership tenure, the Ministry of Health and Human Service grew magnanimously. Some of the successful operations under his belt include the Somali Health Policy, National Strategic Plan for HIV/ AIDS, National Reproductive Health Strategy, Somali Drug Policy, Somali Nutrition Strategy, Development of Joint Health and Nutrition Program, and Somali EPI Policy. Not only this, he successfully improved the donor relationship and developed the financial management capacity for the Ministry.
Later in 2016, Dr. Abdiqani’s focus shifted – but only partially – to working for women and Human rights. As a Director General in the Ministry of Women and Human Rights, he served to bring some revolutionary changes in the Ministry. Not only did he supervised the team to develop the Human Resource Manual, Financial Management Manual, Human Resource Mapping, Gender Mainstreaming, and Human Right Commission Road Map but also introduced the culture of local and international training to enhance the staff capacity-building process. He also came up with and presented the Sexual Offense Bill to the cabinet ministers.
As a supporter of Women's rights, he adopted the National Gender Policy and Female Genital Mutilation Policy and presented it to the cabinet ministers for approval. He also managed to get the Human Right Commission Bill signed by the President of Somalia. In tenure, as short as 1 year, he successfully managed to change the human and women rights game in Somalia for good.
His love and passion for medical research lead him to work as the Director of Somali Medical Research Institute for the past one year. Serving humanity being his aim from day one, he also makes time to provide voluntary health and counselling services to people of his community.
- "AMISOM partners with Somali government to mark International Women’s Day". http://amisom-au.org/2017/03/amisom-partners-with-somali-government-to-mark-international-womens-day/.
- "Somalia diverts Women’s Day cash due to drought". https://eagle.co.ug/2017/03/08/somalia-diverts-womens-day-cash-due-drought.html.
- "Executive Massage". http://soyda.net/executive-massage/.
- "Wasaaradda Caafimaadka oo sheegtay in Soomaaliya ay ka mid noqotay waddamada uu hoos uga dhacay Halista Cudurka Duumada". https://www.radiomuqdisho.net/wasaaradda-caafimaadka-oo-sheegtay-in-soomaaliya-ay-ka-mid-noqotay-waddamada-uu-hoos-uga-dhacay-halista-cudurka-duumada/.
- Webpage of BBC interview with Dr. Abdiqani Sheikh Omar Hassan
- Webpage of Why pregnancy brings distress for women in Sierra Leone