SOMOPS Leadership

AHMED ELMI

AHMED ELMI

Executive Chairman

Ahmed, a British citizen, has helped develop businesses that have been focussed on Somaliland but which have been based both in the UK and Somaliland.  In the UK he helped found a business developing educational software and teaching programmes for Somali children and mentoring young Somaliland entrepreneurs. Ahmed has also been an agent for a Saudi Arabian based trading group specialising in fork lift vehicles and heavy vehicles manufactured by Nissan, TCM, Komatsu and others.
MARK BERGER

MARK BERGER

Operations Director

Mark has a broad based background in infrastructure support and financial services. He gained extensive experience as the co-founder and CEO of a prime contractor for the rebuilding of Iraq, and in oilfield support services in Kurdistan. This included project logistics and the construction of roads, industrial complexes, medical facilities, water purification, field camp operations and acting as the local facilities and services provider for multiple international trading businesses.
WILLIAM OSWALD

WILLIAM OSWALD

Director

William has extensive experience in business management and development in emerging economies.  He has been involved as both hands-on CEO and in advisory/NED roles in an extremely wide range of sectors as a director of numerous OSG companies since 1987. William founded the first OSG company, DX Group in Hong Kong, which remains the market leader there serving Hong Kong’s Legal profession and Insurance sector, amongst others.  As a co-founder of OSG, William was thereafter engaged in a number of ‘first-mover start-ups’ in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and South America.  This involved creating from scratch, in the harsh commercial environments of developing economies, businesses that were the first in their sectors and have remained market leaders thereafter as the economies concerned have started to mature.  Projects have been as diverse as establishing Russia’s first self-storage operation and Myanmar’s first modern prawn fleet, introducing DX to Latin America and creating Eastern Europe’s leading records management group, now the world’s seventh largest. William has worked in both Somaliland and South Central Somalia.

RAGEH OMAAR

RAGEH OMAAR

Advisory Board

Rageh Omaar is among the most recognised and respected journalists working in western news media today. The award-winning writer and broadcaster has held a number of high-profile reporting roles, made documentaries for ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 and Al Jazeera English and is a regular contributor to a number of UK newspapers.

As International Affairs Editor for ITV News, Rageh is one of the UK’s most prominent journalists. He has presented a number of documentaries exploring Islamic history and Islam’s place in modern Europe.

Rageh’s family is from Somaliland, many of his relatives live there and he travels to the country regularly.  Along with Ahmed Elmi, Rageh was one of the first supporters and fund raisers for the Somaliland National Library.  Rageh was educated at Cheltenham College before attending Oxford University where he studied modern history. He first came to prominence as a BBC World Affairs correspondent for his coverage of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Apart from presenting ITV’s main evening news programme, Rageh also hosts the channel’s multi-award winning international current affairs programme, On Assignment.

Rageh says he is passionate to help the SOMOPS Foundation continue to support the Somaliland National Library and other charitable and developmental causes in Somaliland.