Our leadership


Aynalem Abraham

Country director, Ethiopia

Aynalem Abraham's headshot
“My childhood dream was to travel the world.”

Three words that best describe her

accommodating, persistent, independent

What’s her role and connection to the cause?

Committed to serving marginalized communities, Aynalem’s career has spanned many organizations, from the most recent Catholic Relief Services in Ethiopia to Save the Children International to the European-based Light for the World international development organization and SNV Netherlands development organization.

During her career, she’s been involved in operation and finance management, strategy formulation and execution, policy work, program design and forging strategic partnerships. She enjoys leading, mentoring and coaching professionals with a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approach.

In Ethiopia, she leads our in-country strategic growth, program development, international and domestic partnerships as well as day-to-day operations.

What academic work set her up for success?

Aynalem has earned a post-graduate degree in business and finance management, and she is a certified project management specialist.

Interesting tidbit

Aynalem enjoys spending time with her family and visiting historical sites to learn about the world around her.