Faysal Ali Warabe ( ( listen) fah-EE-səl AH-lee wə-RAH-bee; Somali: Faysal Cali Waraabe, Arabic: فيصل علي ورابي; born 1948), also spelled Faisal Ali Warabe, is a Somali engineer and politician. He previously served as Director of Planning and Building as well as Regional Director of Somalia's Ministry of Public Works. Additionally, Warabe is the founder and Chairman of the For Justice and Development (UCID) political party.
Warabe was born in 1945 in Hargeisa, British Somaliland. He hails from the Edagala, Gerhajis sub-clan of the Isaaq.
Warabe is married. He speaks several languages, including Somali, Arabic, English, Russian and Finnish. Warabe received Finnish citizenship in 1999.
Warabe's son Hussein Faisal Ali Warabe died on 29 December 2017 in Syria. Hussein Faisal Ali, who had Finnish citizenship and who was also known as Abu Shuayb as-Somali (from Finland), had travelled from Finland to Syria in early 2013 to become a jihadi fighter, first joining al-Nusra and later ISIS. Faysal Ali, who had warned Finnish authorities about his son, believes Hussein Faisal Ali was killed in an airstrike.
For his post-secondary education, Warabe studied in Soviet Union. He earned an M. Sc. in Engineering in 1973 from an institution in Leningrad.
Between 1997 and 2001, Warabe also matriculated at the University of Helsinki's Faculty of Social Sciences, where he attended courses in the Social Policy Department. He later moved to Espoo.
An engineer by profession, Warabe began his career as the president of AYAAN, a local Somali construction company. He later worked as a Chief Engineer in Mogadishu.
Warabe subsequently served with the Somalia central government as the Director of Planning and Building in the Ministry of Public Works. He was later appointed the Ministry's Regional Director.
In 2001, Warabe founded the For Justice and Development (UCID) in Somaliland. Serving as the political association's Chairman, UCID came in third place in the 2003 regional elections, receiving 16% of votes.
- Main offices
- Regional Director, Ministry of Public Works, Somalia
- Director of Planning & Building, Ministry of Public Works
- Chief Engineer, Mogadishu, Somalia
- President of AYAAN construction company
- Other positions held
- Chairman of Somaliland Society in Europe (2001)
- Chairman of Somali Social Democrats Party (2001)
- Chairman of Somaliland Association in Finland (1998-2001)
- Chairman of Somali Social Democrats Party (1997)
- Other activities
- Spokesman for Somaliland Peace Committee, 1995