Gateway Institute's leadership provides inspiration, objectives, operational oversight, and other administrative services to an organization. Our leaders prioritize objectives for subordinates and can provide guidance toward achieving the overall organization's vision. 






Tarabi Jama, Founder, and the Executive Director. He presided at all meetings of the staff, supervised the long-term goals and purposes of the organization, signed and delivered documents on behalf of the organization. He has day-to-day responsibilities for the organization, including carrying out the organization’s goals and policies including hiring and supervision of staff, and preparation of annual budgets and financial statements. 


Jama was Bush Foundation Fellow (2011-2013). He identified the root causes and the effects of youth violence and radicalization on the young American men of Somali descent who returned to their war-torn homeland, where they are believed to join Al-Shabab, a fundamentalist terrorist group that is affiliated to Al-Qaida.

Jama received his Master of Arts in Management from the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2006.  


Abshir JamaProgram Director. He brings over 20 years of program management. He led multi-thematic programs with teams of different cultural backgrounds in volatile conflict-affected environments. Abshir has a broad knowledge of program management principles. He has a strategic mindset as well as be able to lead and develop his subordinates. 


Abshir is responsible for initiating, planning, developing, and setting goals for programs according to the strategic objectives of the organization. He plans the programs from start to completion involving deadlines, milestones, and processes. He develops or approves budgets and operations. His goal is to ensure every program will be delivered successfully and add the highest possible value to the organization.


Mohamed Nur, Senior Consultant. Mohamed brings over 25 years of experience in the role of the government in economic development. He will perform as an individual contributor on client engagement teams, working under the supervision of a program director to develop work products, lead specific project initiatives, and as a subject matter expert on consulting projects. Client engagement activities include but are not limited to framing issues, problem-structuring, optimizing client processes, developing go-to-market strategies, and change management.


Qali A. Kadiye, Women Economic Empowering and focuses on bringing down the systemic barriers standing in the way of scalable and sustainable change. Facilitates dialogue, build global learning connections, and promote effective practice and policy to address the needs of vulnerable women in our communities.







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