PhD Candidate and Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol researching the resilience of NGOs in post-war environments. Basically, talking to people. Also a member of the Senior Management Team of Somali First, which promotes Somali-led development.

Trustee of a large student union in Bristol and Governor of a small school in London. If you’re trying to find a link between this and my PhD, it might be worth giving up on that now.



Areas of Expertise

Civil Society, International Development, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Resolution, strategic philanthropy

An idea worth spreading

In a 140-character world of swipes and likes, we must reestablish our interest in detail and complexity if we are to deal effectively with complex social issues.

I’m passionate about

In no particular order: complexity, peace, global affairs, education, fitness, psychology, gender, satire, civil society.

I am a…

Educator/Teacher, Student


Durham University, University of Bristol, University of Leeds

Talk to me about

Social movements, countries I haven’t been to, countries I have been to, higher education, running shoes, and miniature dachshunds.

People don’t know I’m good at

Longboarding and Dance Dance Revolution. Not at the same time.

My TED story

Licensee & Co-organiser of TEDxUniversityofBristol 2016
Attendee at TEDxBristol 2015
Attendee at TEDGlobal>London 2015
Speaker at TEDxUniversityofKent 2015
Attendee at TEDxHighgateSchool 2015