Menty Kebede is a current Masters student in the School of Foreign Service (MSFS) at Georgetown University, and has been involved with the HAAA Refugee Fundraiser for several years. 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 work and studies, In her studies, she is interested in 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 refugees. During the 2016 refugee crisis, 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, she interned with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Ethiopia, then was as a refugee resettlement case manager in the DC area. Before MSFS, she worked in immigration and refugee policy advising for a resettlement agency on Capitol Hill. As a member of the global Young Professionals in Foreign Policy organization, she was selected for a diplomatic and cultural exchange program to the UAE to meet government and civil society officials. In addition to MSFS, she works at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security as a research assistant. She speaks 5 languages, namely English, French, Arabic (Levantine dialect), Amharic and Spanish.