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Director for Africa

Phone: +251 *********  
Forum of Federations
325 Dalhousie Street Suite 700
Ottawa , Ontario K1N 7G2

Company Description: The Forum of Federations is an organization devoted, in large measure, to acting as a clearing house on information about federalism. Our mission is to share best...   more

Employment History


  • Master of Development Economics
    Dalhousie University
  • MA , Public Administration
    Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • BA
    Dalhousie University
  • Master , Public Administration
    Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
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Forum of Federations - Staff, 13 Aug 2015 [cached]
Shawn Houlihan [Senior Director-Africa] has an MA in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BA and Master of Development Economics from Dalhousie University. He spent five years in Ethiopia (1993-1998) in governance and civil service reform. He also has extensive experience in Sudan, for Canada and for the United National Development Programme. He worked as a consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency on matters of governance, capacity development and conflict management, including on the Middle East, Horn of Africa, Pan Africa and Southern Africa. Shawn is currently based in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Forum of Federations - Events - Building federalism leadership in Ethiopia, 13 Aug 2015 [cached]
Speakers included Dr. Bertus de Villier of Australia and Dr. Asnake Kefale of Ethiopia, who gave presentations on federalism and conflict issues; Shawn Houlihan, the Forum's director for Africa, who briefed the participants on Forum activities; and Mr. Dassa Nemomissa, Program Director at the Forum's Addis Ababa Office, who explained the Ethiopia Federalism-Leadership Program.
Forum of Federations - Events - Federalism and conflict resolution programs attract Ethiopian leaders, 13 Aug 2015 [cached]
Shawn Houlihan, the Forum's Africa director, briefed the participants on the Forum's activities all over the world and Dassa Bulcha, program director for the Forum's Ethiopia Office, explained the objectives and components of the Ethiopia Federalism Leadership Program.
Forum of Federations - Events - Enhancing Federalism Scholarship in Ethiopia, 13 Aug 2015 [cached]
Mr. Shawn Houlihan, African Director of the Forum of Federations, also welcomed participants to the workshop and explained Forum's activities in Ethiopia and across the globe. Participants were drawn from public and private universities/colleges from across the country.
From right to Left: Molla Reda, Tesfanesh Taddesse, Hilina Ambachew, Dr Sandeep Shastri (Standing), Dr Asnake Kefale and Shawn Houlihan
Forum of Federations - Events - Strengthening Constitutional Interpretation and Adjudication in Ethiopia, 13 Aug 2015 [cached]
The workshops were also attended by Prof. Andreas Eshete, Minister and special advisor to the office of the prime minister, and by Mr. Shaun Houlihan, Forum's senior director for Africa.
In his welcoming address, Mr. Houlihan briefly explained the importance of the workshop for constitutional interpretation in Ethiopia and the major activities of the Forum. He also mentioned that the Forum's collaboration with the government of Ethiopia has shown growth during the 5th International Conference on Federalism held in 2010, and mentioned his recent meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. He also reiterated the Forum's mandate and commitment to strengthen federalism in Ethiopia and the excellent partnership it enjoys with the government of Ethiopia and the House of Federation in particular.
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