Misrak Elias has over 30 years of professional experience at the senior level in UNICEF, other UN agencies, regional organisations and academia covering a whole spectrum of areas from policy advocacy, capacity building and training to program development and implementation at the field level. She has over 15 years of experience as a lecturer/trainer at Addis Ababa University and the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute where she developed and led the first-ever training program in Africa on integrating gender issues in development and promoting gender equality. As a global advisor on gender for UNICEF, she led the development of UNICEF policy and strategy on gender, advocated for priority focus on girls’ development. As a diplomat, she has served as UNICEF country representative in Jordan and South Africa. On retirement from the United Nations, Misrak worked on a variety of consultancy services setting up her own company, MESA. She also served as Team Leader for a Program to End Child Marriage in Ethiopia. Much of Misrak’s time after retirement is devoted to voluntary services with NGOs in Ethiopia. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa West. Misrak obtained her BBA from Haile Selassie University, Ethiopia and her MBA from Columbia University, New York. In 2015, she set up the Ye Ben Endowment Fund in memory of her son Dr. Benyam Asefa.
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