Our Team

Organizational Leadership

Ava Ramberg

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Barwaaqo University

Harry Lee

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Kaabe Schools

Jonathan Starr

Chief Executive Officer, Abaarso Network

Trudy Hall

Headmaster, Abaarso School

Partner Organizations

Abaarso School of Science and Technology the internationally recognized 7th-12th grade co-ed boarding school outside of Hargeisa, Somaliland featured on 60 Minutes, in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, and Forbes. Abaarso School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and because enrollment demand is now 30x current capacity, Abaarso Network has invested further in sister institutions of Barwaaqo University and the Kaabe Schools in order to create a self-fulfilling educational ecosystem.
Founded in 2017, Barwaaqo University is a teacher’s college and Somaliland’s only women’s only university. While overall unemployment is over 75% in Somaliland, female youth unemployment is a staggering 83% and less than 10% of all teachers are female. Somali girls desperately need more positive female role models and educational opportunities that prepare them for careers that can fulfill their dreams and make a true difference to society.
Abaarso Network is a US-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. It supports Abaarso School (www.abaarsoschool.org), Barwaaqo University (barwaaqouniversity.org), and the Kaabe Schools (www.kaabeschools.org) in Somaliland. Abaarso Network enables transformative change through empowering the human capital needed to achieve ethical and effective development.