Shuraako Staff Bios
Anna Bowden - Associate Director, Shuraako & Business Initiatives
Anna Bowden joined One Earth Future Foundation at the beginning of 2010. Anna is the Associate Director of OEF’s Shuraako Program, which works on business and social enterprise development in Somalia, believing that private sector development and job creation in Somalia is crucial for economic development and stability. Anna also directs OEF’s Business Initiatives program, which works on engaging the business sector in OEF’s implementation programs focused on reducing armed conflict. She managed and authored Oceans Beyond Piracy’s "Economic Cost of Piracy" 2010 and 2011 reports. Prior to joining OEF, Anna worked with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, an initiative working with hundreds of institutional investors to mainstream responsible investment practices throughout the world. She additionally worked at a private equity company in Sydney, Australia, and an insurance company in London, UK. Anna holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Oxford University. Her thesis examined economic development policy in conflict zones of the Philippines, where she conducted fieldwork. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science (Hons) at Macquarie University, Australia, where she majored in politics and anthropology, completing double Honors in both subjects. As the top student, her Honors thesis on development policy in post-conflict Sri Lanka was awarded the Nora Rose Memorial prize. She was also awarded the Chandra Jayawardena prize as the top student in anthropology for multiple years.
Abdikarim Gole - Project Associate, Shuraako
Abdikarim Gole is a Somalia Project Associate at OEF. He received a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics from Ohio State University, where he wrote his thesis on agricultural development and management in Somalia. Abdikarim also has a Master of Science Degree from Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt, where his thesis examined international agricultural trade in Somalia. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Economics) degree from Alexandria University. Prior to joining OEF, Abdikarim taught Somali Language and Culture courses at Ohio State University. He also spent five years working for the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), a non-profit organization and Small Business Administration intermediary micro lender in Columbus, Ohio. At ECDI, Abdikarim served as a small business developer and provided technical assistance, performed in-depth credit analyses on borrower’s, and analyzed overall loan portfolio quality. He was awarded President Barack Obama’s Volunteer Service Award in June 2011 in recognition for his commitment to community service. He is fluent in Somali, Arabic and English.
Theresa Musumhi - Research Assistant/Project Coordinator
Theresa Musumhi is the Research Assistant/Project Coordinator for the Business Initiatives Program. Theresa has worked with the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. While at the ITC, she worked as Project Associate on an EU-funded project promoting the creative industries sector in the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries. At the WTO, she researched the implications of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) provisions within the SADC-EU Economic Partnership Agreement for livestock and livestock products entering the EU. Theresa received an MA in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland, where she was also awarded best thesis for her work on the protection of traditional knowledge in plant genetic resources in Zimbabwe. Theresa also received an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterrey Institute of International Studies and a BA in French and International Trade at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Victor Odundo Owuor - Research Associate
Victor Odundo Owuor's primary responsibility at OEF is to provide core knowledge support to the Shuraako project and other implementation programs. His research focuses on developing sustainable businesses in Somalia. Victor received his PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas in December 2012. The title of his dissertation was “Destabilizing Dark Networks: The Case of the Somali Piracy Saga and its Financial Implications for Kenya.” Victor’s previous accomplishments include a BSc degree in Applied Mathematics/Physics from Willamette University, Oregon and an MBA in International Business/Supply Chain Management from University of Texas at Dallas. Victor joined OEF from University of Texas at Dallas where he was amongst others, an instructor of record for an introductory course on Negotiations and Conflict Resolution. His prior work experience includes nearly two decades of project and operations management in his native Kenya. A significant part of this period comprised a long stint as the founder and chief executive of a progressive construction firm, as well as the principal of a last mile/milk run logistics company for beverage products primarily targeting the bottom of the pyramid sector.
Jean-Pierre Larroque - Social and Digital Media Specialist
Jean-Pierre Larroque organizes Shuraako's social media campaigns and is responsible for the website's digital content. Prior to working with Shuraako, Jean-Pierre developed online public relations initiatives for USAID/OFDA and Rotary International. His videos have been featured on MTV Networks, Public Broadcasting, and in the Wall Street Journal. Jean-Pierre has a Master's degree in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver where he carried out field research in Kenya's informal sector. Jean-Pierre served for two years in Uganda with the Peace Corps and in the AmeriCorps with the American Red Cross.