Hibaq Ali Abyan is the Deputy chairperson for Europe for the African Youth Union Commission an independent Pan-African youth organisation. She is also on the board of trustees as the Secretary for the West London Somaliland Community, which is one of the largest Somali organisations in the United Kingdom supporting the Somali community. She is also one of the co-founders of the first Youth Debate show on the Somaliland National TV station, which aims to encourage the young Somaliland diaspora to engage in politics and governance.
After studying Architecture in London, she moved back to Somaliland to work for the Ministry of Public Works and Housing with the United Nations on shelter projects for IDPs and refugees. For the last 8 years she has worked on her professional career in London, now as a senior manager for one of the United Kingdom’s leading construction companies. She has helped build more than 2,000 residential homes within the UK.
Hibaq joined politics at the age of 27, she became a rising star and one of the most followed politicians in the 2017 presidential election in Somaliland, as the first female Youth Chairperson for the opposition party. She has recently been appointed as the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Somaliland opposition party. Hibaq will be the youngest female candidate to run for the Somaliland House of Representatives in the upcoming 2020 Parliamentary elections.