Executive Team


Abdishakur Ahmed

Co-Founder & CEO


Abdishakur Ahmed leads SomLite’project management and business development. Abdishakur has many years of experience working in the energy sector and other infrastructure projects in Somalia & Somaliland Read More
Previously he was a project coordinator for a US $4.5MM initiative to upgrade the largest airport in Somaliland. Later, he was the Business Development Officer for SomPower Somaliland’s largest aggregated public utility holding with over 70% of the local market. Abdishakur led the Somalia country study for the World Bank's global Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy initiative. He graduated with a B.A. in Finance from Abaarso Tech University and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Gollis University in Somaliland. Read less

Shucayb Abdillahi

Co-Founder & Head of Sales


Shucayb Abdillahi leads SomLite’s sales campaigns and works to expand the company’s customer base by identifying new markets across Somaliland. Prior to joining SomLite, Shucayb gained in-depth experience Read More
in the business sector during his work with Somaliland Beverage Industry (Coca Cola’s Somaliland franchise). He utilizes his knowledge of local markets to connect with clients from urban, peri-urban, and rural communities and build SomLite’s regional sales networks. Read less

Billan Mohamoud

Head of Finance


Billan Mohamoud manages SomLite's finances. She is in charge of controlling the company's income, cash flow, and expenditure. In addition, she Liaisons with the Head of Sales and and other managerial staff on installment payment collection models. Read More
Prior to her work at SomLite, she served as a financial officer at Handicap International's Hargeisa office. Billan earned a B.A in International Relations and Finance at New Generation University Read less

Advisory Board


Dr. Ahmed Essa

Advisor


Dr. Ahmed Hussein Esa is the Founder and President of Abaarso Tech University in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Dr. Esa is a formerAssistant Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he received his PhD and was honored with Frederik Bang Award for Excellence in Research. Read More
Between 1992 and 1996, he was the head of Flow Cytometry at the Immunology Department, Institute Pasteur in Paris. In 1992 Dr.Esa co-founded with Jocab Natvig, the former President of the Royal Hospital of Norway, the African Federation of Immunological Societies. From 1992 to 2001, he was a member of International Advisory Board of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch in New York, and between 2001 and 2003, Dr. Esa was a member of the Board of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In April 2015, he was selected as Founding Member of the Somaliland National Academy of Science and Arts, an academy created to provide evidence-based advisory to the government. At SomLite he advises on strategic partnerships and government relations. Read less

Ellen Richmond

Advisor


Ellen Richmond has worked on health, gender, and environmental projects around the world, with a focus in East Africa. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow she spent a year living with nomadic and pastoral groups. Read More
in Ethiopia, Mongolia, Argentina, and Australia, documenting the daily lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. At SomLite she advises on environmental health in a pastoral context and is currently market research on clean cook stoves. Ellen attends medical school at the University of Chicago. Read less

Johnny Weiss

Technology Adviser


Johnny advises SomLite on identifying solar technologies that match customers’ needs as their energy need grows. Throughout his career, he has been on the leading edge of solar energy education and training: Read More
developing, teaching, and managing renewable energy training programs focused on the practical uses of solar thermal and photovoltaics. He is currently an independent consultant working internationally from Colorado on special solar projects. Johnny Co-Founded Solar Energy International (SEI) in 1991. He was the Executive Director and led SEI for over 20 years, helping establish SEI as a leader in solar education that has now trained over 55,000 students. Solar Energy International is a world-class center training for the solar industry. Read less