2019 Fellows Shout-out Series: Sagal Hussein

  • Posted on: 30 August 2020
  • By: minnesotangos

MINN is proud to announce that our 2019 cohort of Fellows are graduating (already!) These ten incredible individuals represent important voices and perspectives in Minnesota's international development community, and we're excited to see what they accomplish next. Follow along as we highlight the graduating 2019 Fellows in our Fellows Shout-Out blog series:

Sagal Hussein is a development professional in the Twin Cities. She holds a Master's Degree in Comparative International Development Education from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Politics from Washington State University. Sagal’s experiences include working and volunteering in organizations focused on education, educational technology, youth empowerment and disability services. She is passionate about inclusive policy and development; and strives to create effective, efficient and equitable social policies and programs. Her passion for global impact has led her to the Mama Hope Global Advocate Program where she is working with a group of amazing women to raise funds that support twelve partner organizations in their response to the immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Sagal is also a part of the Global Shaper Community by-way-of the World Economic Forum and serves on the Board of Directors for Disability Support International. She believes that opportunity and access are imperative; and envisions a world where organizations are responsive to the needs of all people. With experience in both the private and public sector, she is working toward a career in international development. Sagal hopes to work overseas empowering and developing organizations in advancing their work in removing barriers for marginalized communities.

After hearing Stephanie Kimou’s keynote at the 2019 MINN Summit where she, Stephanie, brilliantly addressed decolonizing international development work and hearing Dr. Abdul M. Omari’s insights on the importance of cultural intelligence, mentorship and leadership – Sagal is looking forward to shifting her focus in international development to monitoring and evaluation. She sees raising funds equally as important as challenging impact and understanding what adaptive evaluation and learning can mean for an organization. This includes active and sincere storytelling that is not only culturally appropriate but gives voice to individual and collective experience.


MINN is now recruiting for its next cohort of Fellows! Learn more + apply through our MINN Fellows website. As always, thank you to the McKnight Foundation for supporting this important program!