Executive Team


Nadira Mohamoud

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Nadira Mohamoud oversees SomLite's overall operations and activities. As an Executive Director, she provides leadership and strategic direction to SomLite. Before her work at SomLite, Nadira worked at various organizations in both the public and private sectors. Nadira has an MA in Applied Economics at Jiangsu University in Zhenjiang, China. And a BA in Economics at Admas University in Hargeisa, Somaliland.   


Shucayb Abdillahi

Co-Founder & Operations Director

Shucayb Abdillahi leads SomLite’s operations and sales campaigns. He works to expand the company’s customer base by identifying new markets across Somaliland. Prior to joining SomLite, Shucayb gained in-depth experience in the business sector during his work with Somaliland Beverage Industry (Coca Cola’s Somaliland franchise). He utilizes his knowledge of local markets to connect with clients from urban, peri-urban, and rural communities and build SomLite’s regional sales networks.


Naima Hassan

Communication Officer

Naima Hassan manages SomLite’s communications. She is responsible for managing relationships with suppliers and customers. Before joining SomLite, Naima worked in the hospitality industry where she served customer relations manager at several companies. Naima brings extensive customer relations management skills to SomLite. 

Advisory Board


Abdishakur Ahmed

Co-Founder & Advisor

Abdishakur Ahmed leads SomLite’s business development. He has many years of experience working in the energy sector and other infrastructure projects in the Horn of Africa. Previously he was a project coordinator for a US $4.5MM initiative to upgrade the largest airport in Somaliland. Later, he was the Business Development Officer for SomPower Somaliland’s largest aggregated public utility holding with over 60% of the local market.


Abdishakur led the Somalia country study for the World Bank's global Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy initiative. He graduated with a B.A. in Finance from Abaarso Tech University in Hargeisa, Somaliland. And he has an MA in Sustainable International Development with a focus on Renewable Energy Development at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA.    


Dr. Ahmed Essa


Dr. Ahmed Hussein Esa is the Founder and President of Abaarso Tech University in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Dr. Esa is a former Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he received his PhD and was honored with Frederik Bang Award for Excellence in Research. 
Between 1992 and 1996, he was the head of Flow Cytometry at the Immunology Department, Institute Pasteur in Paris. In 1992 Dr.Esa co-founded with Jocab Natvig, the former President of the Royal Hospital of Norway, the African Federation of Immunological Societies.


From 1992 to 2001, he was a member of the International Advisory Board of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch in New York, and between 2001 and 2003, Dr. Esa was a member of the Board of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In April 2015, he was selected as Founding Member of the Somaliland National Academy of Science and Arts, an academy created to provide evidence-based advice to the government. At SomLite he advises on strategic partnerships and government relations.


Johnny Weiss

Technology Advisor

Johnny advises SomLite on identifying solar technologies that match customers’ needs as their energy need grows. Throughout his career, he has been on the leading edge of solar energy education and training: 
developing, teaching, and managing renewable energy training programs focused on the practical uses of solar thermal and photovoltaics.


He is currently an independent consultant working internationally from Colorado on special solar projects. Johnny Co-Founded Solar Energy International (SEI) in 1991. He was the Executive Director and led SEI for over 20 years, helping establish SEI as a leader in solar education that has now trained over 55,000 students. Solar Energy International is a world-class center training for the solar industry.