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Human Rights Commission: Struggling to make an impact

Addisu Gebreegziabher was appointed as the head of the Ethiopian Human Right Commission (EHRC) at the beginning of the current Ethiopia fiscal year. Prior to that, he was the deputy chairperson of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).

In defense of Ethiopia’s HR track record

YibekalGizaw is the head of the office of National Human Rights Action Plan at the Office of the Attorney-General. Yibekal has worked at the office of Attorney general, formerly the Ministry of Justice, for over seven years.

Online presence in hospitality business

Estelle Verdier-Watine is the co-founder and managing director of for East Africa. is Africa’s leading online hotel booking website with offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, and Algeria.

The versatile musician

Meklit Hadero is a singer and songwriter based in San Francisco, California. She is known for her soulful performing style, and for combining jazz, folk, and East African influences in her music.

Having confidence in the potential

Jin Kimiaki is chief country representative for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). During his stay in Ethiopia, he was able to receive both Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the newly assigned JICA’s president, who visited Ethiopia one after another.

Engaging the community for better health

Misrak Makonnen is the country director for Amref Heath Africa. She has a master’s degree in public health and in business administration and has worked in public health for the last 18 years.

South Korea: from model to partner

Ambassador Shiferaw Jarso is Ethiopia’s ambassador to South Korea, a country which is said to be one of the models for Ethiopia in designing its industrial and manufacturing growth. Shiferaw took the post a few months ago and says that he has already embarked on the economic diplomacy work that his embassy is tasked with. Formerly, he served at various government positions including as head of the Ethiopian Sugar Corporation, Minister for Water and Irrigation, Government Whip in the House of People’s Representatives.

Lights, camera, action!

Brent Quinn is a South African filmmaker and storyteller. He has been working for many years in storytelling, specifically making television series.