Hassan Ali Khaire (Somali: Xasan Cali Khayre, Arabic:حسن علي خيري; born 1968), popularly known as Hassan Khaire is a Somali-Norwegian activist, manager, politician and the current Prime Minister of Somalia. He was appointed on 23 February 2017 by Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and unanimously approved by the Parliament on 1 March 2017.
Hassan Ali Khaire was born in the central Somalia town of Jacar Galgaduud, some 50 kilometers from El Buur. He graduated from primary and secondary school in Mogadishu. At the onset of the civil war, Khaire moved as a refugee to Norway in 1991, where he enrolled at the University of Oslo in 1994.
Khaire is a dual citizen of Norway and Somalia.
After graduating in 1998 with a degree in political science and minor in sociology, Khaire went on to complete his MBA at Edinburgh Business School, the graduate school of business of Heriot-Watt University, in 2001.
Khaire briefly left the NGO for a few years to pursue business endeavors but in 2006 he returned to the NRC as an area manager. He remained at the NRC for another 9 more years as he worked his way up to County Director and eventually the Regional Director for the Horn of Africa.
In June 2012, when Hassan Khaire was regional director for the NRC, a NRC caravan was attacked in northeastern Kenya, the Norwegian daily Verdens Gang reported. One of the drivers was killed on the spot. Several others were shot and injured. One Norwegian, one Canadian and two others from Pakistan and the Philippines were driven away by the kidnappers. Four days later they were released by a local militia group after a dramatic shootout on the other side of the border in Somalia.
The NRC which was led by Hassan Khaire, was found guilty in gross negligence in a Norwegian court for poor planning of the security. Hassan Khaire has also been under investigation for corruption when working for the British company Soma Oil, but the investigation was dropped because of lack of evidence, although the investigators maintained that there were still reasons for suspicions.
Soma Oil & Gas
After nearly a decade in the NGO field, Khaire moved on to the public sector joining Soma Oil & Gas as an Executive Director for Africa. According to the company's website, Hassan Khaire has been with the company since its inception in 2013.
In February 2016, a leaked memo, sent by a United Nations watchdog to diplomats in the United Kingdom and Norway, revealed that the executive director for Africa at Soma Oil and Gas was under investigation by the United Nations Monitoring group for Somalia and Eritrea for possible ties to extremist groups in East Africa, including al-Shabaab, which had claimed responsibility for a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Somalia.
The UN letter, dated 17 February 2016, showed investigators raised concerns over Khaire's possible links to extremist groups after obtaining his “electronic contact list”, which it analysed with the cooperation of an unidentified UN member state.They all maintained their innocence from the beginning and were eventually cleared by their accusers after rigorous scrutiny. The UN Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) said that it "has not found credible evidence of such links and that, in the absence of any new information received by the SEMG clearly demonstrating such links, we now consider this line of inquiry to have reached a conclusion.
Resignation from Soma
On 23 February 2017, Soma Oil & Gas announced on their website the resignation of Khaire as the Executive Director for Africa.
On 23 February 2017, President Mohamed announced on Twitter the appointment of Khaire as the new Prime Minister of Somalia.
Prior to his appointment, Khaire had never held public office, although over the course of his career he has worked with a range of high-level executives and government officials in various capacities.
In a session held on 1 March 2017, Members of Parliament overwhelmingly approved Khaire's appointment as Prime Minister, 231 of the MPs endorsed the selection. On 21 March 2017, Khaire thanked lawmakers for their overwhelming support. and submitted his nomination for the Cabinet Ministers Somalia, on 29 March 2017 they were approved by the parliament.
He also vowed to tackle corruption by prosecuting individuals involved, regardless of their position, and chaired his first official Cabinet meeting, he reminded the gathered Ministers of his and their duties as statesmen, noting that the administration's focus should be on strengthening the security sector, accelerating institutional reform. His government has been praised for fighting corruption and reforming the Somali National Army. Some regional governments, however, have accused Mr. Khaire for disregarding the Federal constitution.