Forced to flee Eritrea at a moment’s notice as a child, Mr. Idris is deeply conscious of the experiences and needs – both material and emotional – of those subjected to hardship in the Horn. After a challenging journey, he arrived in the United States in 1999. With close to 20 years in the humanitarian field, Mr. Idris has gathered an extensive knowledge and a vast experience on issues and matters pertaining to the Horn of Africa region. This has allowed him to travel widely and speak on matters pertaining to the well being of the Horn. In addition, his ability to speak fluently in English, Arabic, or Tigre makes him an even more unique and robust speaker. He has shared his expertise on numerous local radio stations, such as KFAI and MPR, as well as television programs like The Stream (AlJazeera), Fox9 News, PBS Newshour and much more.
Mohamed Idris is a co-founder (2000) and current Executive Director of ARAHA. He is currently serving as a board member of Interaction an alliance organization in Washington, D.C. of about 180 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that work around the world. From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Idris also served as vice chair of the board of directors at Life for Relief and Development. He earned an associate degree in Pharmaceutical Science in Kuwait, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University, and a master’s degree in Management from Hamline University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate program in Organization Development and Change at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
Kadra Abdi is a published researcher, activist, and social entrepreneur living in Minnesota. She’s an executive board member of the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa, an international relief and development organization working to alleviate human suffering and build self-reliant communities in the Horn of Africa and in Minnesota.
Abdi holds a Master of Public Policy degree with an emphasis on gender and human rights from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Abdi is the founder and CEO of Synergy Consulting, a research and strategy consulting business. Her work lies at the intersection of creativity, community, and innovation. Abdi is a co-founder, writer, and curator for Ubuntu: the Collective, a platform that spotlights emergent issues impacting the global black diaspora.