Hajir Maalim, Regional Director, Horn and Eastern Africa

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Hajir Maalim serves as Action Against Hunger’s Regional Director of the Horn and Eastern Africa. As one of the organization's strategic and programmatic leaders, he supervises six Country Directors in the region. 

Mr. Maalim provides regional analysis of political, security and program considerations, manages security and strategies, ensures accountability, and provides economic management of six country offices. He also spearheads operational partnership development, fosters collaboration to improve and disseminate knowledge within the organization, and represents Action Against Hunger externally within the region.

With 15 years of experience as a humanitarian and development professional, Mr. Maalim has extensive programmatic and operational expertise in formulating, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating emergency operations and development programs in complex and volatile humanitarian contexts. 

Since first joining Action Against Hunger in 2007, he has worked with the organization in several capacities and in several different countries, providing vital hunger relief to communities in need. Prior to becoming Regional Director in 2016, he served as Country Director for Action Against Hunger in Somalia and in Yemen,  led an exploratory mission to Djibouti, managed water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in Ethiopia and Liberia, among other roles.

Mr. Maalim earned a Master of Science in civil engineering, specializing water and environmental management from Loughborough University in the UK. He also holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil and Structural Engineering from Moi University Kenya.

Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist and leader in a global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good within our lifetimes. For 40 years, the humanitarian and development organization has been on the front lines, treating and preventing hunger across nearly 50 countries. It served more than 21 million people in 2018 alone.