The Director General

Mr. Mohamed Hassan Shire

Director General

Expertise: Policy Development, Administration, Strategic Management, Economic Development

Experience: 16+ years


The Somali Prime Minister appointed Mr. Mohamed Shire as the director general of the Ministry of Planning Investment and Economic Development (MOPIED). Mr. Shire brings a wealth of experience in institutional administration, partnership development, and humanitarian and development planning to his new role at MOPIED. Over the past decade, Mr. Shire has held various positions at public, AU, and security institutions. He has worked on several projects in the fields of politics, peace, and security building in fragile contexts, with a concentration on vulnerable groups such as minorities, women, and children. He has supported and participated in various institutional, state-building, and peace-building initiatives on behalf of the Somali Federal Government.

Since 2014, Mr. Shire has managed initiatives involving disarmament and demobilization, as well as establishing a legal structure in newly-recovered regions. The initiative offered assistance to vulnerable groups, such as minority groups, women, and children.

Mr. Shire advised the Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development of the Federal Government of Somalia on gender equality, human rights, and the rights and welfare of children in conflict zones as a strategic policy advisor.

During his tenure at the Office of the Presidency, he closely worked with the Chief of staff before he was moved to the Office of National Security (NSO), where Mr. Shire contributed to the development and reform of Somalia’s security sector. While with the African Union Mission in Somalia, he guided the peacekeeping mission with country-specific political context analysis. He advised on the mission’s peace and security posture and activities in the newly liberated regions.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Shire served as the Director of Dansom, a peace and security development consulting firm. Prior to this, he was the Team Leader for a Joint Police Programme financed by multiple donors to assist Somalia’s federal and state police.

Mr. Shire possesses a Master of Science in Security, Conflict, and International Development from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from East London University.

Director General's Message

Under the mandate of our Ministry, the Director General is tasked to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the strategic priorities of the Government as well as its overarching priorities. To achieve a desirable outcome to effectively adhere to the Government’s objectives, the office has adopted four strategic pillars namely (i) stability, (ii) relationship management, (iii) productivity, and (iv) capacity-building, and alongside them, two additional cross-cutting visions; gender equality and delegation of responsibilities.

These pillars are formulated to provide strategic guidelines and an institutional framework that aids the realization of specific goals and targets of MoPIED. The overall objective of these pillars is in line with the unique coordination roles of the Government both horizontally (i.e. coordination on the federal level) and vertically (i.e. coordination on the federal member states level) as well as international partners. These efforts aim to strengthen partnership, collaboration, and cooperation with stakeholders including government institutions such as Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

Strengthening coordination across Government institutions remain at the forefront agenda of MoPIED in improving the overall productivity through sustainable institutional capacity-building initiatives that harnesses efficiency and effectiveness to reach best practices. Similarly, to enhance the value of equal opportunity, the office has adopted a gender equality narrative as an instrument to ensure equal representation by providing opportunities to women in decision-making processes as well as the general progress across all Ministry structures.

Furthermore, with a direct reporting line to the Minister, the office of the Director General plays a supervisory role and provides strategic and technical guidance to department directors, and our special units including the Donor Engagement Office (DEO), the Durable Solution Unit (DSU) and our Information, Communications and Technology Unit (ICT).

Finally, I would like to convey my special gratitude to H.E. Minister Mohamud Abdirahman – Beene Beene  for his exceptional leadership and for creating a conducive working environment that has led to the profound achievement MoPIED has made in the last five years. Furthermore, I also would like to express my deepest appreciation to the State Minister H.E Abdirashid Jire Khalinle and H.E Deputy Minister Mohamed Abdulkadir Ali for their excellent contributions, as well as the wider MoPIED family, whose selfless work and tremendous support made my work easier and more prudent.