Fikre Zewdie Degaga

Executive Director

Fikre Zewdie, has held senior leadership and management positions. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, leading multi-sectoral development programmes consisting of food security, rural water supply, education, health, HIV/AIDS and management of humanitarian interventions in areas affected by drought, flood or political crisis induced displacements. He has led large-scale country programmes in Ethiopia and Pakistan as Country Director for ActionAid International and in six Southern African countries as Regional Director for Oxfam Great Britain.

Since 2014, he was the Country Director for Digital Opportunity Trust, a Canadian international NGO, implementing a multi-million project, financed by Canadian government, to develop youths’ leadership and entrepreneurial skills and increase their participation in Ethiopia’s social and economic development. Fikre helped to establish the project from scratch and thousands of young men and women Ethiopians to become micro and small enterprise leaders, creating more jobs and employment opportunities for their peers. He is passionate about good governance, accountability and transparency and has been active civil society advocate for human rights and pro-poor policies in development policy and planning.

He has MSc. Degree in Development Studies from London School of Economics and Political Sciences and trainings in human rights, good governance, strategic planning and effective leadership from various universities such as Oxford University and University of Pretoria. Fikre also served as member of the Executive Board for Poverty Action Network Ethiopia (PANE) and Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations.

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