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Mr. Ayalew Awoke

Mr. Ayalew Aweke has (B.A degree from Addis Ababa University in 1977 and a diploma in Emergency management from the University of Wisconsin – The Disaster Management Center).
He has more than 32 years of experience working in refugee programs in Ethiopia. Before he started working on the refugee program, he had worked in Gamogofa and Hararghe provinces as head of the Cooperative Department under the then Ministry of Agriculture. He studied Social Work with emphasis on Rural and Regional Development. From 1984 to 1988 he was coordinating the relief assistance provided to Sudanese refugees in the Gambella region working for the then Relief and Rehabilitation Commission – UNHCR Coordination Office ( RRC – UNHCR Coordination office).
From 1989 to 1992 he was a refugee program coordinator for Somali refugees in the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), an organization that is responsible for refugee and returnee matters on behalf of the Ethiopian government in collaboration with UNHCR, WFP, and NGO’s.
From 1992 to 1994 he was Head of Social Service Dept; and from 1995 to 2005 he was Head of Program Implementations and Coordination Dept. in ARRA.  From 2005 to 2016 he was Deputy Director of ARRA. Much of Ayalew’s career was focused on managing emergency activities as well as refugee care and maintenance programs including repatriation.  He had participated at the executive committee of the UNHCR Sessions in Geneva for 24 years as a member of the delegation and periodically as the head of the delegation of the Ethiopian Government (1992 to 2016).
After retiring from ARRA, he currently works for an NGO called Action Africa Help International-Ethiopia as Country Director. He is also presently a Board Member of Africa Humanitarians Action-Ethiopia (AHA) and InterAfrica Group-Ethiopia (IAG-E).
He can be contacted at  He is also available on +251911240111

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