Qamar Ibrahim

Consultant and Trainer

Qamar is the founder and Executive Director for LEAD Group (Leadership Empowerment and Development Group). She is a tireless advocate for bringing together African communities to a common good and a unified voice. Her work with the Partnership of African Communities (PAC) is one such initiative which has gone a long way toward this goal.

Other highlights include Qamar's work with the American Public Health Association, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Horn of Africa Initiative, and the Somali Community of Washington DC. In her career Qamar has filled many roles, most prominent among them are those with Oxfam America for which she served as the Somalia Disaster Response Coordinator as well as the Program Coordinator for the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa regions.

Qamar was Founder & Co-Director, Haqabtir, Somali Voluntary Organization, Mogadishu, Somalia, the first national voluntary (nonprofit) organization in the history of Somalia. She served also in the capacity of National Project Manager, International Labor Organization, Mogadishu, Somalia and of inspector of schools, principal, and teacher in Mogadishu, Somalia. (She worked also in the Ministry of Education for the Somali government.)

Qamar holds a Certificate of Project Management in Rural Development, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT, 1983, a Masters of Science, (Major in Nutrition), School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1981, a Bachelors of Science, (Major in Biology & Home Economics) College of Education, University of Somalia, Lafoole, Somalia, 1978, and a Teaching Diploma — National Teacher Training Center, Afgoi.

For the Center Qamar brings her extensive consulting experience in the area of community empowerment. Qamar, a native of Somalia, resides in Minneapolis with her family.