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Board of Directors and Management


Osman Ahmed

President of Leapfroggers and Board Member

Dr. Osman Sheikh Ahmed is an economist with extensive worldwide experience in both the public and private sectors, including a 22-year career as a senior official at the World Bank and IFC. Osman also worked with the Islamic Development Bank as Advisor and senior management positions., as well with a number of other public and private organizations. Osman also taught and worked at a number of universities in the U.S. and the Middle East and has written extensively on economic and social development issues.

Mahdi Mohamed

Vice Chair of Leapfroggers (Somaliland/Somalia)

Dr. Mahdi Ali Mohamed, is a Pediatrician based in Hargeisa and founder of the largest pediatric center in that area. He has over 30 years experience in the practice of medicine in Somalia, Djibouti, and Central Asia (Uzbekistan), and has consulted for international organizations such as UNESCO. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Mahdi is also Associate Dean of the Hargeisa University Medical School. Dr. Mahdi treats poor children, including orphans, free of charge and regularly volunteers for community service

Jack Garrity

Board Member

Jack is a former Executive Director of the Asia Society, a Washington, DC-based non-profit membership organization that addresses criticalissues affecting Asia. During his 35-year professional career, Jack has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and Africa for many years with multi-lateral development institutions like IFC and Asian Development Bank and executive of a Singapore-based multi-industry group of 50 subsidiary companies located in seven Asian countries. Jack is the founder and President of an art foundation in memory of his late wife and internationally renowned artist, Pacita Abad.

Ahmed Mihile

Director of Operations and a Board member

Mr. Ahmed Yusuf Mihile has worked in human development and poverty reduction with UNDP and International (IRC), with a focus on reintegration of returnees and internally displaced persons, and microenterprise initiatives. He has a Master of Business Administration. He currently lives and works in Somaliland/Somalia. He manages the operations of Leapfroggers in the field.

Elaine Curl

Board Member

Elaine Curl is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Convention Store. Elaine has 30 years of experience in the U.S. transportation industry. In addition to her pioneering efforts in the mass shuttle system design and management field, Elaine is also the founder of the Rose House Foundation, dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with Cerebral Palsy and other

Abdillahi Dualeh Haddi (Dayib)

Director of Internal Systems and External Relations, and Board member,

Abdillahi Dualeh Haddi (Dayib) is an IT expert with extensive experience in IT system management and computer programming as well as public relations with both public and private sector organizations in Somalia/Somaliland and Saudi Arabia.

Abdirazak Abdillahi Nur

Director of IT and Board member

Abdirazak Nur is an entrepreneur, economist and information technology specialist, has been in the technology industry for more than 15 years. He participated in a number of startups, and worked in several technology companies in the US, and in Somaliland, where he found a technology firm. Mr. Nur designs and develops systems for small to medium-size businesses.