Dr. NIGIST MENGESHA, CEO
Dr. Mengesha was born in Ethiopia where she worked as a social worker at the Prison Authority before making Aliyah in 1984. In Israel, she earned a B.A. in Social Work at Bar Ilan University, followed by an M.A. at the Hebrew University. In 2007, she received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Sussex. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with socio-educational mediation among Ethiopian students in the Israeli school system. Dr. Mengesha is a graduate of the prestigious Mandel School for Educational Leadership.
Apart from having served as FIDEL’s first director, she worked for the Ministry of Welfare, for Shatil, and as CEO of the Ethiopian National Project. She also represented Israel at the UN’s Durban conference against racism in 2001. Dr. Mengesha received Hebrew University’s “Shmuel Rotenberg Prize for Jewish Education”, a Leadership Prize from Bar Ilan University, and an award from the Open University. She recently published the book “Here I Am” which details the rich experiences of her life on the road to success in Israel.
Dr. Mengesha served on the board of directors of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, and has volunteered as a board member for numerous organizations including the Achva Academic College, Amigour Housing Management Company and at the Hebrew University.
NEGA ALENE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL
Born in Ethiopia Nega made Aliyah in 1995 and has dedicated his professional life to advancing the Ethiopian-Israeli community. Prior to making Aliyah, Nega completed his teacher training in Gondar, Ethiopia and served as the education director of the Addis Ababa immigrant transit camp, responsible for education of over 4,000 Ethiopian Jewish immigrants. Nega joined FIDEL in 2003 and served as director of the FIDEL crisis center for teens at risk and national director of FIDEL’s youth centers. Over the past 20 years, Nega has led initiatives aimed at truancy-prevention, mediation and group facilitation. .
Since 2011, Nega has served as Director of Community Development and Mediation. He oversees the FIDEL mediation program, training placing and guiding social and educational mediators in schools with a high concentration of Ethiopian-Israeli students. The mediators bridge the cultural gap between parents, school administration and the students.
GIL GILA D. , DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION & HUMAN RESOURCES
Gil has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Sociology – Bachelor’s degree. She is a certified tax consultant and bookkeeper, insurance agent and fitness trainer.
Gil has more that 35 years of hands-on experience in business management and working with non profits in Israel.
ORA ASEFU BREHANU, DIRECTOT OF HEALTH EDUCATION & PRESCHOOLERS
SHAY – ISU ADAMEKE , DIRECTOR OF THE YOUNG ADULTS PROGRAM & VOLUNTEERS
ETYANCHI ALEMU – DIRECTOR OF RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MALI HEZKIYAHOO GETE , FINANCIAL OFFICER AND PAYROLL ACCOUNTANT