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 2017 she is elected as the Chair of Global Somali Diaspora which is established 2014. She was recently awarded the British Empire Medal by Her Majesty, The Queen of United Kingdom. Jawaahir has an extensive experience spanning over 28 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, MA in Islamic Studies and Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership. 

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.