So who is the keynote speaker of the 2012 WWD at UBCO you ask?

This year the WWD planning committee has arranged for Yehalem Metiku to be the keynote speaker for the three day event. For those who are unfamiliar with Yehalem and his work I have included a short biography.

Yehalem Metiku has over 15 years of experience working in progressively more senior positions with development organizations. From 1996 to 2001, he was Director of Education and Project Manager for an orphanage in Ethiopia which was run by Terre des Hommes, a Swiss child-focused charity. From 2002 to 2003, he was Program Director of an Ethiopian charity that focused on providing relief to poor and vulnerable mothers and children. Yehalem then became Program Director of the Ethiopian Association for Voluntary Service, a charity that worked closely with Oxfam-Canada to promote voluntarism in Ethiopia. Since 2006, he has served as Country Representative for Partners in the Horn of Africa, a Canadian charitable organization engaged in community development work in Ethiopia.

Prior to his involvement with development organizations, Yehalem was a high school teacher who taught in public and private schools in Ethiopia, as well as in Saudi Arabia.

Yehalem holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Addis Ababa University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, Canada. His Master’s thesis focused on tools for selecting projects, monitoring project progress, and measuring results in small-scale development programs. During his graduate studies in Canada, Yehalem also worked as Policy Analyst with the BC Medical Services Commission, and as HIV/AIDS Evaluation Consultant with the BC Ministry of Health.

Myself and the committee are really excited to have Yehalem part of our event!

-Rhiannon Wallace

UBCO WWD Student Coordinator

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