Feben Makonnen

Project Officer
Sub-Saharan Africa Unit

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Feben works as a Project Officer in the framework of the project “Strengthening the Ethiopian Transition and Reform Process”. Before joining the Berghof Foundation, she has worked with various NGOs, government organisations and law firms, including her latest position as project manager for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, where she was in charge of multiple projects including the Youth Leadership Training Program (YLTP). Feben has organised and moderated monthly political breakfast meetings on different regional topics, which were attended by high-level government officials. In addition, she gained research experience with the Institute for Peace and Security Studies in Addis Ababa and has published policy briefs and consulted embassies on various political matters. Focusing on Peace and Security in Africa, Feben holds a Master of Arts in Global Studies from Leipzig University in Germany and a law degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. She is also the three-time winner of the Sur-Place Scholarship awarded for excellence by the German Academic Exchange Service.