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Dahir Hassan
 
Dahir Hassan is deputy Rector for Planning and Development at SIMAD UNIVERSITY, which is a founding member of Somali Research and Education Network (SomaliREN). He became the first Chief Executive Officer at Somali Research and Education Network (SomaliREN) in January 2009 as a volunteer and his first term expires January 2015.  During his tenure, he managed to secure SomaliREN’s membership from Ubuntunet Alliance: The African Research and Education Network. 
 
Mr. Hassan started a process that leads SomaliREN to become a shareholder of Arab States and Research and Education Network (ASREN), while he attended e-AGE held in Amman, Jordan.
 
His prime responsibilities was to realize landing of fiber optic in Somalia, in particular, the EASSy cable serving Mogadishu became operational in January 2014 while the first phase of a network constructed by SOMcable to link Hargeisa to internet connectivity in Djibouti was switched on in June 2014. There are plans to extend this connectivity further into other parts of the country.
 
SomaliREN has been established with the initial participation of 7 universities as founding members, but now has 14 members, while 12 universities applied for memberships in 2014 alone.
 
Established a close relationships and partnerships with many institutions and organizations among others European Union, Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). Under his leadership SomaliREN also benefitted from technical assistance from the Royal Swedish University (KTH).
 
Now working with EU on Covering the costs of a counterpart investment of $380k to enable Somalia to participate in the AfricaConnect[ program and leverage EU funding. The AfricaConnect project aims to establish a high-capacity Internet network for research and education in Southern and Eastern Africa to provide the region with a gateway to global research collaboration.