OUR TEAM - Hunger Reduction International
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Dr. Faisal Abdi

Founder And Executive Director

MA International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid coupled with Diploma in Livestock health, with mote than 7 years of extensive experience in humanitarian interventions programming in various fields’ food security and livelihoods programming in emergency , recovery and development setting, planning, coordination and execution of the Food Security and livelihoods activity such as Cash and voucher Transfer Programming (CTP) both urban and rural setting, A certified master trainer in Farmers field school and Agro-pastoral field school. Expert in Conservation agriculture, Climate smart agriculture, and community based nutrition interventions, Practical experience in community based disaster risk management with knowledge on integrating DRR/CA in to livelihoods. Familiar with several donor guidelines and standards. Expert in Monitoring and Evaluation and data analysis, Programme/Project Cycle Management Planning & organizing skills, Research Studies and Assessments, PRA Tools,) Training & Facilitation Skills (designing, conducting and organizing)

Mr Ahmed Derie Elmi

Programs Manager

Mr Ahmed Derie Elmi , holds an MSc in Natural resource management , a diploma in Environmental and Social impact assessment and has wide experience in design, implementation and evaluation of projects with food security, and reducing poverty/hunger he has over 15 years professional experience in Food security ,natural resource management and monitoring and evaluations, including use of European Development Fund procedures, most recently in Ethiopia,Somaliland and South Central Somalia.

his experience includes work in fragile state environments (Somalia ) and extensive experience in remote and hard to reach areas, including evaluation of current health status of frankinsence plants species in the highlands of Somaliland as well setting up and monitoring participative research trials in rainfed watershed Management projects in somaliland and somali state of ethiopia.

Mr Elmi has an extensive experience of Natural Resource Management, including rangeland management and rehabiliatation of degraded lands.in addition that Mr Elmi has wide skills and expertise of complex development programmes involving government and a range of NGO and civil society stakeholders. he has a wide knowledge of community development, agricultural sector development and participatory approaches to agricultural researchs, conservation and counting migratory water birds and bird habitate in Somaliland and ethiopia

Mr Elmi has excellent interpersonal skills enabling her to relate and work effectively with colleagues, stakeholders and communities.

Dr. Yassin Osman

Chairperson President of HRI

Dr. Yassin Osman, is a Bsc In veterinary Medicine, a qualified dedicated aid worker with experience in various fields. Strong believer in ethical work and providing aid where needed. Have experience of humanitarian aid both abroad and domestically. Have worked with homeless individuals and communities suffering from the effects of disease and drought. Capable at managing high pressure situations and negotiating peaceful outcomes despite cultural barriers. Excellent language skills and good grasp of technology. Looking for work that provides tangible, hands-on help to people in need.

Ismail Omer


Operations and Business Support Manager

He is a competent veterinary professional with over 9 years of community development worker in government, LNGOs and INGOs have been implemented key donor funded projects focused on emergency and recovery that included but not limited to agricultural recovery, livestock production and health services delivery, restocking, general food voucher distribution, cash/vouchers transfers, water sanitation and hygiene and water trucking vouchers.

Besides that, he has experience of project designing, planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation and has possess staff and budget control management and needs assessment conducting skills moreover with report and concept note writing proficiency.

Kai Lawson

Kai Lawson

Blog Manager

Kai Lawson AKA “Pasadena Travel Girl” is a global citizen and travel blogger based in Pasadena, CA. After the sudden loss of my spouse in 2011, I have used travel as a tool to overcome grief. A humanitarian since the age of 16, I enjoy bringing awareness about various human rights issues that affect the world. I have worked with organizations such as Amnesty International, in which I started the chapter on my college campus. In 1997 I was one of 10 students picked by Amnesty International across the Unites States to receive a grant to conduct crime and capital punishment research in Portage, IN. I have also worked with Fundacion Koinonia, The United Nations Pasadena Chapter, American Friends Service Committee and now, currently volunteering with Hunger Reduction International. I have B.A. in Sociology from Wright State University located in Dayton, Ohio. I have been employed with the County of Los Angeles for the past 17 years. My motto is to bring a unconventional approach to travel and blogging by encouraging others to travel deeper where the traveler experiences every single drop of life possible. Storytelling, seeking new experiences through travel and being enthusiastic about social change is my passion.


Ms Aparna Vaidya

Proposal writing and donor searching volunteer

I have completed my Masters Degree in “Business Management – Marketing and Finance” and Bachelors degree in “Accounts and Commerce”.  I started my career with UNESCO. I served India’s leading Print Medias for 14 years as a Market Research and Analyst. I am currently driving my passion for writing as a content writer for various websites and a Market Research and Analyst for India’s leading Digital Medias. I am associated with NGOs working on Women Empowerment, Child Rights, Education for All, Gender Equality and Transgender Equality since 4+ years. Also, I am volunteering online for UNDP.

Yves Zawad

Proposal Writing and Donor Searching Volunteer

Yves is a Socio economist with more than ten years’ experience in Private Sector and Market Development; Value Chain Development; Agribusiness; Project Designing Management Monitoring and Evaluation. He facilitates change management for public and private actors using the appreciative and positive approach. Experience working with Local, National, Regional and International Non-Government Organizations, Private Sector and Public Institutions and Ministries.

Yves has built and acquired a strong experience with different donors (USAID,UKAID,DGIS,EKN,DGCD,GIZ,…), different approaches (Value Chain, Market Systems, Making Market Work for Poor, Public Private Partnership,…), different countries ( Burundi, Rwanda, DRC,),…

His visits to Congo Brazzaville, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, France, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Turkey, The USA for work, training or holidays allowed him to enhance a large and multicultural understanding sense.

Yves believes that positive and sustainable change comes from people not to people.


Marisela Rivera

Proposal Writing and Donor mapping

Marisela Rivera is currently a reporter at the United Nations. Ms. Rivera graduated from The Florida State University with a bachelors in Political Science and International Relations, a minor in Communication and a certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security in 2014. Upon completion she moved to New Jersey to complete her Master’s from Seton Hall’s school of Diplomacy and International Relations. During her time there, she concentrated in international law and human rights as well as international security. Marisela was chosen as the recipient of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Fellowship at The Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) spending time directly supporting national partners, assisting international actors and contributing to international policy and knowledge development in the area of good governance and security sector reform in Switzerland. As a UN Volunteer, Marisela joins us today with a passion and dedication to the Sustainable Development Goals especially ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and the promote sustainable agriculture.

Kenneth Obunadike

Fundraising Volunteer

Kenneth obunadike is a digital marketing & I.T Professional with years of experience delivering top-
notch IT services in an enterprise environment geared toward increasing sustainability and achieving the
organisation set goals and objectives.

I have demonstrated track records of leading and proffering solutions in areas of Data Base
Administration, Web Development, Social Media Platform Management, Monitor & maintain the
computer systems & network server of the organization, Installing & configuring computer systems,
Email Set up, database administration, diagnosing hardware & software malfunctioning, solving
technical & application Problems.
Interpreting & analyzing various clients & enrollee data using PowerPoint, Microsoft tools to provide
reports for management in decision making. also Content Creation, Search Engine Optimization, Digital
Marketing in order to generate clientele base for an organization.

Dr Imen talbi

Fundraising and Translations

Dr Imen talbi PhD holder in Chemistry since november 2018, M.Sc in organic chemistry since december
2012, and a bchelor degree in industrial chemistry, I worked for 3 years as a temporary teacher at the
faculty of science of Bizerte. I Had a training with the higher independent instance for the elections in
Tunisia and I worked as assistant/interpreter with the mission of the European union for the
observation of the elections -Tunisia 2019.
After finishing my thesis, Iconcentrated my work on civil society and I had a training with the jasmin
foundation about governance, participatory democracy and local groups.
I had some volounteering/associative work with a local association called "citizen actors" and worked
on environmental issue and sustainable development projects.

Anwar Hayat

Proposal Writing and Donor searching

14 years’ experience in humanitarian and development work with reputed organizations including
Concern Worldwide, Health Net TPO, and Plan International, currently working as Humanitarian
response manager with Concern Worldwide in Pakistan, I am certified Project Manager (PRINCE2
practitioner). Having expertise in managing humanitarian response  implementing partners and proposal

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