Hassan Adaweh Abdi has over four years of experience working at the Institute of Sciences and New Technologies of the Djibouti National Research Centre-CERD. Currently, he is a Research Assistant in Information Technology at the CERD where he works on speech recognition algorithms in the Somali language, in order to preserve the endangered Somali linguistic and cultural heritage. He often conducts field trips inside the country to collect data related to history, culture, law, and customs of the Djiboutian communities and later puts the information together in a large corpus that he uses in his algorithms. Hassan holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the International Islamic University in Malaysia. Upon completion of the Washington
Fellowship, he plans to work on the preservation of the Djibouti linguistic and cultural heritage through modern information technologies with a focus on social leadership.