Abdullahi Boru Halakhe is the senior advocate for East and Southern Africa at Refugees International. He is an African policy expert with over a decade of experience in security, conflict, human rights, refugee work, and strategic communications. 

Abdullahi has worked with and advised various international organizations including the International Rescue Committee, the International Crisis Group, Amnesty International, the BBC, the World Federation of United Nations Associations, the European Union, the African Union, USAID, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Program.

He has regional and thematic expertise having worked on/in Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad on issues including humanitarian aid reform advocacy, refugees, internally displaced people, and security.

Abdullahi has regularly appeared in the media as an expert guest and analyst and has published some of his work in the media, including on Al Jazeera, Reuters, BBC World Service, CNN International, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, The Independent, The German News Agency, New Zealand Public Radio, France 24, The Africa Report, African Arguments, and Think Africa Press. He has a book chapter on Kenya’s security agencies and the war in Somalia in the Oxford Handbook of Kenyan Politics.

He holds a master’s in International Security Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).