SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr Nimo-Ilhan Ahmed Ali

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Nimo-Ilhan Ahmed Ali
Department of Development Studies

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Dr Nimo-Ilhan Ahmed Ali
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Nimo completed her Doctorate and Masters at SOAS University of London. Her research focuses on higher education, graduates employment outcomes and youth migration and displacement in Somalia/Somaliland. Nimo has taught at SOAS

Economic Department and has worked as a consultant for FAO, UNICEF, the Rift Valley Institute, the Danish Demining Group, the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. She has also worked as a technical advisor on a national employment strategy for the Somaliland Ministry of National Planning and Development.



Nimo’s research interests include the political economy of development, the evolution of higher education and the labour market outcomes of university graduates in sub-Saharan Africa (with fieldwork experience in Somalia/Somaliland). Nimo has also

been researching youth migration in Somalia/Somaliland in particular the phenomenon of ‘tahriib’. Fluent in Somali and Swahili, Nimo has an in-depth understanding of the social, political and economic profiles of countries in the East and the Horn of Africa.