Abdikadir Dayib Askar is an author of a Somali novel Kas & Karaan and a Chevening scholar who is now serving as the Chair of University of York’s Graduate Students’ Association where he is pursuing an MA in Conflict, Development and Governance.
Askar has a solid educational foundation and a passion for development works. Having earned an MA (International Relations and Diplomacy) from Cavendish University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Hargeisa, he has developed substantial research and analytical skills. He also graduated from Kampala International University with a degree in public administration. Furthermore, he has advanced certificate in Peace and Religion from Harvard University, and he was among the top ten students graduated from the prestigious Sheikh Secondary School in the scholastic year 2007/8.
With over seven years of demonstrable track-record in strategic communications and project management, he has led diverse teams to carry out creative communications campaigns while thriving in fast-paced post-conflict and transitional environments in the Horn of Africa. Askar worked as a Communications Lead at Adam Smith International (ASI), an international consulting firm based in London. Before this job, he served at Oxfam’s Cross-border Project in Ethiopia and Somaliland as a Senior Communications and Documentation Officer. He also managed Saxansaxo Radio Programme, sponsored by DFID through Health Poverty Action (formerly known as Health Unlimited).
Abdikadir’s passion for communications and politics can be traced back to his early schooling, where he spent significant time serving as a blogger, youth leader, social activist and political commentator. Outside of his work and study time, he enjoys reading novels and closely follows news, opinions and analysis via #ForeignAffairs, #Aljazeera, #Channel 4,#theDiplomat and #AfricanArguments.
Abdikadir D. Askar
Chair, Graduate Students’ Association (GSA),
The University of York,