Dr. Fatuma Ahmed Ali is currently the Director of Programs-International Relations and an Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the United States International University –(USIU-A), Nairobi, Kenya. She is also a Visiting Faculty and an External researcher of the Interuniversity Institute for Social Development & Peace (IUDESP) of the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain. She holds a European Doctorate with distinction, an International Masters in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies from the UNESCO Chair for Philosophy of Peace, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (Honors) from United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya.
She has been involved in Curriculum Development, Program Learning Outcomes assessment, acted as an External Examiner, taught graduate and post-graduate students, and supervised dozens of Master theses and Doctoral dissertations. Dr. Ahmed has facilitated training for regional diplomats in East Africa, District Officers and Police Officers in both Kenya and Spain. She has been a research fellow and an invited Professor at the UNESCO Chair for Philosophy of Peace and IUDESP of the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain.
Other professional experiences include working as the Co-director of Care Highway International projects in Kenya, security expert assistant for the European Union Election Observation Mission, student’s coordinator at Universitat, Jaume I, Castellón, Spain, primary school teacher, project coordinator and librarian. Dr Ahmed Ali has served as an International Observer of Development and Educational projects of SMARA (a local NGO in Castellón, Spain) and the Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain in Saharawi Refugee camps in Tinduf, Algeria.
She is an Independent Consultant in the field of Social Development, Gender, Security (especially in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Peace, Conflict and Curriculum Review. As a consultant, she has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Kenya, Chemonics Kenya Transition Initiative (KTI), Mercy Corps, Marie Stopes International, Commission for Higher Education (CHE) and African Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL)-Religions for Peace.
Dr. Fatuma is also a feminist and she is actively involved in academic activism by creating awareness regarding the situation of women in armed conflicts in Africa through her academic work (publications and conferences). She has written and edited a book, published several chapters and articles in both Spanish and English.