Somaliland: Senior Water Experts Panel (SWEP) Established

Somaliland ministry of water Developmemt

Somalilandsun – Mr. Saleban Yusuf Ali (Koore), Minister of Water Resources Development of the Republic of Somaliland established high level senior experts panel on January 20, 2019.

The members in the Somaliland’s Senior Water Experts Panel (SWEP) of the Ministry of Water Resources Development were selected their exemplary qualifications and experience in Somaliland Water Sector Development.

Minister Koore recognized the members as the highest rank professionals in Somaliland Water Sector those who will contribute knowledge and experiences to the leadership and the guidance to the development of the sector.  

The Senior Water Experts Panel is high level water sector professionals those who will provide technical assistance and an advisory support to the Ministry of Water Resources Development. They are volunteers who work for other institutions involving in water, cadre with in-depth experience and qualifications related to water resources, irrigation and drought resilience. The SWEP comprises experts with solid understanding of Somaliland water context, equipped with technical skills in water and drought resilience.

The Senior Water Experts Panel is open to the most senior experts with practical expertise in water for emergencies anddevelopment and with specific experiences in Somaliland’s water sector. This nomination is now the establishment of the Senior Water Experts Panel which will have strict membership criteria. The Minister of Water Resources Development will set up the Terms of Reference (ToR) and operational guideline for the SWEP  in which he will explain the Membership Criteria.

Department of Planning, Coordination and Statistics of MoWRD will have secretariat role of the SWEP.   The list of nominated SWEP members are in the table below:






Eng. Hassan Egal


WASH Specialist (Senior Water Expert)


Christopher Print

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) –SWALIM  

Chief Technical Advisor  (CTA)  


Dr. Abdirizak Jama Nuur

Ministry of Environment and Rural Development, Somaliland 

Director General  (Senior Hydrogeologist)

(Ex- DG of Ministry of Water Resources Development)


Ahmed Hussein Shaac

SHAAH Hydrogeology and Geophysics Company  

Founder and Manager ( Senior Hydrogeologist / Geophysicist)


Bruno Petrucci

Terre Solidali

Senior Hydrogeologist / Geophysicist


Sven Jacobi

NIRAS – Somaliland Water Resources Management & Investment Plan Project

Team Leader (Senior Water Resources Engineer)


Melvin Woodhouse

Freelance Expert  

Expert of Water Resources and Water Law


Eng. Ahmed Mohamed Ali

Somaliland Development Fund Secretariat, Mott MacDonald Project Office

M&E Civil Engineer  (Water Resources Supply Design Expert and former Technical Advisor of MoWRD)


Ali Ismail

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) –SWALIM  

Liaison Office Manager. Hargeisa, Somaliland


Abdi Abokor Yusuf

UN Development Programme (UNDP)Resilience and Climate Change PortfolioSomaliland

Senior Programme Officer


Mohamed Hassan Haji

Freelance Consultant  

Senior Hydrogeologist/Hydrologist (ex- deputy of water development agency of Somalia)


Mukhtar Abdillahi

Save the Children International –Somalia/Somaliland

WASH Programe Manager (WASH Technical Expert)


Salem Shouhan

World Bank Group, West Africa  

Team Leader (Water Institutional Development Expert)


Noah Amin

Freelance Consultant

Water Quality Monitoring Expert


Ali Regah

OXFAM – Somaliland/Somalia

WASH Coordinator (WASH Technical Expert)


Kamal Mohamed Farah

CARE International – Somaliland/Somalia

Water Technical Advisor ( Water Technical Expert)


Eng. Mohamud Yasin

Independent Senior Water Expert

Senior Water Resources Engineer and Irrigation Expert


Eng. Mohamoud Abdulahi

Sustainable Land Management (SLM)  Project,

GIZ  Somaliland

Senior Project Advisor (Water Resources Engineer)

Press Statement


  1. It is all very well creating this worthy panel. But, unless we eridicate the endemic corruption like the fiasco of “Xumbo-weyne”, nothing will ever get done. I am a proud Somaliander, but, the people running things today not true patriots. They all want to enrich themselves from a poor & needy people. For shame.

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