The Somali Cabinet has unanimously endorsed Abdi Sheikh Ahmed for the post of Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), which has been established under Somalia’s Communications Law 2017. ICT minister Abdi Ashur Hassan said the approval is a milestone that will bring it closer to the establishment of the regulator.
Ahmed is multi-disciplinary technology leader with a strong background in all facets of Information and Communication Technologies, particularly in the design and operations of global networks. For over 23 years, he worked for one of the largest telecommunication companies in the US and the world, namely Verizon Communications, where he held number of leadership and senior management positions, including eleven years of managing financial and human resources.
Over the years, Ahmed held number of positions with Verizon Communications, progressively assuming more responsibilities ranging from engineering, product/services/business development, managing highly skilled professionals and resources, to overseeing and negotiating multi-million dollar business opportunities.
Currently, he is a Senior ICT Adviser to the Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Technology of the Federal Government of Somalia, focusing on the passage of Somali Communications Act, capacity building for the Ministry, and engagements between the Ministry, development partners, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).