Our Team

Douglas Ouma

Chairman of the Board

Douglas Ouma is an organizational and institutional strengthening specialist with more than 20 years’ experience facilitating and training corporate organizations, development organizations, governments and quasi government institutions in Kenya and Africa.

Douglas has designed, implemented and provided technical assistance capacity development programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. Douglas consults for USAID Feed the Future, World Bank, European Union, East Africa Community, World Wide Fund for Nature, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA), Africa Union, governments, civil society and the corporate sector.

Douglas is the Team Leader at Retouch Africa Consulting and Senior International Consultant.

Said Jillo

Vice Chairman of the Board

Said Jillo is a hotelier by profession. He joined Kenya Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), a government parastatal, in 1974 and served in several game lodges. He worked at Meru Mulika lodge between 1974 and 1990, Mt Elgon lodge between 1990 and 1993, and Marsabit Lodge between 1994 and 1998.

Said was appointed and later elected as the chairman of Kenya Red Cross, Marsabit branch in 2006. In this capacity, he served communities in Marsabit during multiple ethnic clashes, the Torbi massacre, and droughts between 2006 and 2014. 

He has since served as a member of the Land Control Board, as a member of the council of elders and as a village elder. He has been on the Board of HODI since 2015.

Noor Abdulqadir

Executive Director

Noor joined HODI in 2014 as a communications liaison officer, before working as the program coordinator for four years. His current role involves the day to day running of the organization, fundraising and representing the organization in important forums.

Halima Abdi

Project Manager

Halima has worked at HODI since 2010. She first joined as an admin assistant, before training and joining the programs team. Halima has worked her way up the organization over the years and has been involved in all our projects during her time with us. She is a testament to the resilient nature of HODI.

Tesso Dido

Project Manager

Tesso has been with HODI since 2015, when she worked as a field officer in our community conversations project. She used a motorbike to reach remote communities around Hurri hills for one year, before returning to Marsabit to work as a project officer on two of our projects. Tesso has an all round experience with our projects and is now a senior member of staff.