Said Sheik-Abdi

Managing Partner, Aamin Consulting Group LCC

Said is a widely recognized international expert and speaker on Somali diaspora communities and partnerships and provided advice to governments and Somali communities in the US, UK, Turkey, Sweden, Somalia, Denmark, and Norway. He was invited number of times at the White House to advice issue related Somali diaspora, remittance, humanitarian aid Somalia. He was one of the few African decent invited to advice President Obama’s first trip to Africa. Said Sheik-Abdi serves as Managing Director at Aamin Consulting Group, An International Consulting company that helps build capacity of small and local organizations. He is also the co-founder and manager of the I AM A STAR campaign, an innovative grassroots "do-it-yourself" platform that brought together members of the Somali Diaspora community throughout the world and others to support humanitarian and peace in Somalia. I AM A STAR campaign won the Peter Drucker Award in 2012. Said led innovative humanitarian missions in Somalia, Uganda, Congo, and Bangladesh. He also worked with global social media influencers for social good and assisted raise millions of dollars and oversaw projects. He was also an Asset Operations Manager with the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (the largest public housing agency in Minnesota) and taught an Introduction to Translation course at the University of Minnesota. In 2012, San Diego State University named Said "Person of the Year" for his outstanding work in partnering with the Somali diaspora and other communities. in 2018, Global Donor Forum Committee in London named Said " 2018 Create Coordinator along with Turkish Airlines for responding Somalia's drought

Said is speaking at

May 22, 2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Public Works Main Hall



Introducing the Field Guide to Transformation
- Regina Connell

Transformation Lab Facilitators

- Christian Peele Executive Minister of Institutional Advancement, Riverside Church, NYC
- Tim Soerens, Parish Collective

Transformation Lab #1
Creating a marketplace where refugees and immigrant are seen as investable and not needy recipients of charity

- John Kluge, Refugee Investment Network
- Said Sheikh Abdi, community leader, Somali immigrants in Minneapolis
- Matt Bauer and Amy Tucker, Sparrow Mobile
- Jeffrey Ashe, expert on immigrant-led savings circles
- Kevin Rowell, consultant to the UN High Commission on Refugees

Introduction of Lab #2
Moving regenerative agriculture from farm-to-table to farm-to-hospital food system in Peoria, Illinois

- Carol Hays, System Entrepreneur
- Erin Meyer, Mother Hen

Introduction of Lab #3
Creating a center of gravity to move donor advised funds from a tax strategy to their potential for world changing

- Tim Freundlich, Impact Assets


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