e4c has a pool of local, regional and international experts with varied and expansive field experience in Somalia and the region. Our experts work across a number of thematic areas including health, nutrition, migration and displacement, climate change, cash transfer programs, use of verbal autopsies to ascertain causes of deaths to mention but a few. In terms of technical expertise, we have a wealth of experience in observational, experimental and qualitative research studies.
Although, we prefer to work with gold-standard research designs, such as randomized controlled trials (RCTs), we recognize that in low income and humanitarian settings, it is not always feasible or ethical to undertake such studies so in these circumstances we work with quasi-experimental designs, cross-sectional surveys, or longitudinal observational studies.
Founder & Executive Director
Mohamed’s primary research focus is at the intersection of nutrition, cash transfers, migration, and the use of verbal autopsies (VA), often within the context of populations affected by humanitarian emergencies caused by conflicts or disasters. He has over ten years of progressive experience working in humanitarian settings, both in programming and research capacities. He has a strong background in operational research with expertise in qualitative, participatory and process evaluation approaches and in translation of implementation research findings into actionable recommendations for policy and practice in conflict-affected settings. His recent research and consultancy projects have been implemented in collaboration with NGOs, UN agencies, and academic institutions in Kenya and Somalia on topics of community-based treatment of acute malnutrition, cash programming, social protection, health care access and utilization, migration and setting up of sentinel surveillances among other topics. Prior to founding e4c, Mohamed worked with academic institutions, NGOs and the UN. He holds an MSc in Nutrition and Rural Development from University of Ghent, Belgium and is currently a PhD candidate in Global Health at the UCL Institute for Global Health.
Micaela is a psychologist specialized in behaviour change working as a research assistant and consultant for different projects in health promotion, sustainability, and the development of behavioural sciences. Currently, Micaela is working as a behaviour change consultant for e4c to develop a Social and Behaviour Change Communication strategy to improve feeding practices during the critical window of 1000 days and increase the completion of scheduled vaccines for all children under 2 years in Somalia. She holds an MSc. in Behaviour Change from University College London and was awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship, provided by the United Kingdom. Prior to pursuing her MSc., Micaela developed interventions to reduce mental health stigma and develop social-emotional learning skills in children of vulnerable populations in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Public Health Nutritionist
Ifrah is a public health nutritionist with experience in both community and clinical nutrition settings, where she has worked on diverse projects serving a wide range of clients. She has demonstrated her expertise in addressing the nutritional needs of diverse populations, contributing to the success of various projects to enhance community well-being and promote optimal nutrition outcomes. Currently, Ifrah is working as a research assistant for e4c to develop a Social Behaviour Change Communication Strategy to improve feeding practices during the first 1000 days and increase the completion of scheduled vaccines for all children under 2 years in Somalia. She holds an MSc. in human nutrition with a focus on public health nutrition from the University of Helsinki. She is also the lead author of a scholarly paper titled, “Validation of food portion size photographs among women in Nairobi, Kenya, ” scheduled for publication in 2023