Abdu Hikam got his BA (Majoring in Economics, Geography and Sociology) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and did his Honours in Demography and Population Studies at the same institution. He also obtained MA in Development Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. Before joining ACMS, Abdu worked with various NGOs in Ethiopia. He managed or coordinated both emergency and development projects in Ethiopia including projects funded by the UNOCHA, USAID and the World Bank. Abdu was the coordinator of a World Bank funded project called Ethiopia’s Social Accountability Programme (ESAP 2) for a consortium of four local NGOs working in three different regions of Ethiopia. Abdu’s research interest lies in the immigrant entrepreneurs and their involvement in the South African township informal economy and ways in which they contribute to this sector.
Doctoral Research Title: The contribution of African immigrant’s entrepreneurs to the South African township informal economy: The case of Somalis in the Tembisa and Mamelodi Townships of Gauteng Province.