Hassan Ali Khaire was appointed Prime Minister of Somalia on February 23, 2017. He and his family fled to Norway as refugees in 1991 at the outbreak of Somalia’s civil war. He worked for several years at the Norwegian Refugee Council, beginning in 2002, and served in various senior roles including area manager, country director, and, eventually, Regional Director for the Horn of Africa. Following the Council, H.E. Khaire joined Soma Oil & Gas as Executive Director for Africa, where he served until his appointment as PM. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oslo in political science and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.