About GSD

Global Somali Diaspora (GSD)

About GSD

Global Somali Diaspora (GSD) is a global not-for-profit organization working to bring together and mobilize members of the Somali Diaspora for positive action.  

GSD advocates and promotes the full integration of Somali Diaspora communities within their host nations while also remaining connected to their cultural heritage.

GSD encourages members of the Somali Diaspora to contribute to efforts promoting peacebuilding, reconciliation, reconstruction, and development in their homeland of Somalia.

Established in 2014 by participants of an international Somali Diaspora conference convened in Istanbul, Turkey. Today GSD has representatives from Somali communities around the world including the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark as well as other countries in Africa and Asia.

It is a foundation belief of GSD that a connected and unified Somali Diaspora offers opportunities to meet mutual challenges as well as opportunities shared by their communities living in their host countries while also playing a strong and positive role in the rebuilding of Somalia.

Board Of Directors

Jawaahir Daahir (UK)

Jawaahir Daahir (UK)

Chair of the Board of Directors

Jawaahir Daahir BEM is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Somali Development Services and in

Ahmed Tohow (Australia)

Ahmed Tohow (Australia)

Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors

Mr. Ahmed Tohow's  passion is to enhance Peace Building and Nation Building capabilities by bringin

Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar (UK)

Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar (UK)

Member of the Board of Directors

Yusuf Sheikh Omar holds PhD from Social Science, La Trobe University, Australia. He is a Research As

Members of the Board of Directors

Lul kulmiye (Norway)​

Lul kulmiye (Norway)​

Member of the Board of Directors ​

BA-Nurse, Diploma in Human Rights, International Lows and Conflict Management at Buskerud University

Hanna Ali (UK)

Hanna Ali (UK)

Member of the Board of Directors

Hanna Ali is an Author, Artistic Director, Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate at SOAS, University of

Bazi Bussuri Sheikh ​(UK)

Bazi Bussuri Sheikh ​(UK)

Member of the Board of Directors

Born in Mogadishu, Finished Primary and Secondary School in Mogadishu University Degree in The UK BA

Zahra A. Shirwa​ (USA)

Zahra A. Shirwa​ (USA)

Member of the Board of Directors

Zahra A Shirwa is the former Executive Director of the Global Somali Diaspora (GSD) organization. Sh

Ali Ware (Netherlands)​

Ali Ware (Netherlands)​

Member of the Board of Directors

Ali Abdi Ware is GSD Board Member. He studied (Master of Arts), political science and public adminis

H.E.  Jibril Afyare​ (Uganda)

H.E. Jibril Afyare​ (Uganda)

Member of the Board of Directors

Current Consul of the Somali Embassy in Uganda, 19 years as Software Engineer at IBM USA. Member of