Ahmed is an OFID scholar who holds an LLB (Hons) Law and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. In addition, he holds certifications in violent extremism risk assessment and mapping and capacity development for government. Furthermore, he is a public management Mandela Washington Fellow. His main interests are in the fields of governance, human rights, refugee studies, development and in particular understanding the complexities of humanitarian emergencies within an African context.
He possesses previous experience in the fields of refugee protection and access to justice. He was previously stationed in the Governance and Capacity Development Unit of UNDP in Ethiopia. In this capacity his main initiatives were relative to enhancing the capacity of national and sub national actors in exercising their legal duties and increasing their effectiveness in implementing and coordinating their mandates, the prevention of violent extremism, refugee community security and access to justice and lastly, conflict resolution and peace-building.
In addition, he has research experience in legal and policy research particularly as it relates to peacekeeping operations and the externalisation of border control.