Abdikadir Dayib Askar is an author of a Somali novel Kas & Karaan (Intellect & Space) and a Chevening scholar who is now serving as the Chair of the Graduate Students’ Association at the University of York where he is pursuing an MA in Conflict, Development and Governance.
Askar holds an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from Cavendish University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Hargeisa. He completed his Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration from Kampala International University. Furthermore, Askar was among the top ten students graduated from the prestigious Sheikh Secondary School in the scholastic year 2007/8.
With over seven years of progressive experience in strategic communications and media consultancies in conflict, 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 politics and writing can be traced back to his early schooling, where he spent significant time working as a 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),
University of York,