Abdullahi Bihi Hussein


Speaker: Abdullahi Bihi Hussein, CEO, SomaliREN, Somalia

Abdullahi Bihi Hussein has served as the CEO of the Somali Research and Education Network, the National Research and Education Network for Somalia and a consortium united for the cause of improving education and research with the help of technology, since February 2016. Abdullahi led the growth of SomaliREN and oversaw its transformation into an operational NREN with a vision to drive not only the digital transformation of the Somali higher education and research institutions, but also to position it  as a platform for the innovation of the Somali education and research.

He has a B Sc degree in Computer Science, and an M Sc. in Data Communications and Networks from the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology at UIT, Hamdard University in Karachi.

He is passionate about disrupting the research and education networking scene, and envisages a global R & E community that is not only sustainable but contributes to the betterment of the global economy and human condition.

Abstract: “Leveraging the Power of Community for Open Science”

The collaborative networks that make open science possible are made of the people and organizations who actually produce and also consume open science. This is basically the essence of community and it has a far more significant potential then it seems to capitalize on. The continuity of the efforts to boost open science rests on strengthening the sense of community among the scientists and within the institutions.

Three perspectives on the issue are presented in this discussion. The community as the foundation or platform for driving open science adoption perspective calls for the strategic structuring of communities in a hierarchically-organized manner but with less red-tape to not discourage innovation agility; the community as a producer-consumer perspective focuses on putting into effect rules and protocols for exchanging open science artefacts within the community modeling open source licenses; and the community as the incubation grounds for young scientists perspective calls for implementing support group strategies that encourages more young people to engage in science and contribute to the open science efforts.

Exploiting the power of community effectively has the potential of keeping more senior and young scientists engaged in the open science efforts. The research and education networks need to look beyond connectivity and nurture communities from their end-user communities to empower them to create open science and knowledge.