Menty Kebede is the Communications Officer for the fundraiser. She is a graduating Masters candidate in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University studying International Relations, and has been involved with the HAAA Refugee Fundraiser since 2015. Menty grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia attending a French immersion school, and received two B.A. degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Political Science and Legal Studies, with a minor in Arabic. In her studies, she focused on human rights and humanitarian affairs, with a regional emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa region.
In 2015, she studied Arabic in Jordan, and worked with Syrian and Palestinian refugee children and their families. In 2016, she worked briefly for Lighthouse Relief Organization in Lesvos, Greece providing humanitarian relief in Moria camp, to refugees arriving from all over the world through Turkey. After graduating in 2016, she interned with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Ethiopia, then was a refugee resettlement case manager and ultimately an immigration and refugee policy advocate in Washington, DC.
At Georgetown, she is completing the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program with a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Outside of the classroom, she serves as the co-Chair of the Georgetown University Middle East and North Africa Forum. In addition to her coursework, she has held positions with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and the United Nations High Level Panel on Internal Displacement. After graduating, she will be joining the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) as an Associate in the Division of Humanitarian Diplomacy and Policy in Geneva. She speaks 5 languages, namely English, French, Arabic (Levantine dialect), Amharic and Spanish.