Our Team

We have staff members on our side who share the same values
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Dr. Abebayehu Messele Mekonnen

Founder & Managing Director (PhD)

Dr. Abebayehu founded FANA in 2014; and has since been serving as a managing director and chief rehabilitation officer for learning and language disabilities. Under Dr. Abebayehu’s leadership, FANA has been able to carry out, inter alia, extensive outreaches, (on-job) trainings, provision of center- and school-based supports to children having a range of learning and communication needs. For his outstanding services, Dr. Abebayehu has been recognised by Oak Foundation as one of the few remarkable people who have benefited from Oak funding and helped others. Dr. Abebayehu earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Linguistics, from the University of Sheffield, UK.

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Abiyou Asnake

Co-founder & Chief Rehabilitation Officer (Cert., LLB, MA)

Abiyou co-founded FANA in 2014 and began his job as a project manager and service delivery officer. Abiyou in particular has been largely involved in awareness creation and professional development trainings, public outreach and stakeholder networking activities. In addition to his Law degree, Abiyou is certified in specific learning disabilities and obtained MA in Special Needs Education from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Abiyou’s areas of interest include: specific learning disabilities, memory, attention, processing speed and behavioural issues.

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Nati Gebre

Co-founder, Chief Psychologist, Rehabilitation Officer & Administrator (Cert., BA, MA)

Nati co-founded FANA in 2014 and began her job as a chief service delivery officer and administrator. Her roles in programme planning and execution include: providing awareness creation, professional development trainings and centre-based service provision. On top of these duties, Nati also handles administrative responsibilities of overseeing Human Resources and Organizational functions. Nati is certified in specific learning disabilities and has also got her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Nati is interested and works in areas of disability and mental health, neurodevelopmental disorders, disability and family life; and maternal mental health.

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Aschalew A. Demisse

Chief Monitoring & Evaluation, Resource Mobilisation Officer (Cert., BA, MA)

Aschalew joined FANA in 2017 as a fundraising and resource mobilisation officer. Later, he has also taken additional roles in project design and execution, monitoring and evaluation and capacity building. Aschalew has a BA in Sociology, MA in Social Work and is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology. He has also earned Certificates and Advanced Diplomas in Dyslexia Understanding, Advances in Down Syndrome. Aschalew is interested in overcoming the pycho-social and structural barriers of individuals with disability. He is also an advocate for Early Childhood Care and Education.

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Eden B. Maru

Rehabilitation Officer (Cert., Dip., BSc)

Eden joined FANA in 2014 as a caregiver and assistant tutor. Over the years, Eden has worked with a number of children and teens having various learning, communication and/or neurodevelopmental issues. Having completed FANA’s Professional Development Course, Eden is currently working as a rehabilitation officer in the organisation. Eden has a Diploma and BSc in Clinical Nursing.

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Lidiya G. Bireda

Rehabilitation Officer (Cert., Dip., BA)

Lidiya joined FANA in 2017 as an affiliate rehabilitation officer on a part time basis. She also works as a school-based therapist at an international school. At FANA, Lidiya is responsible for assessment and management of children with learning, communication and developmental issues. Lidiya has completed FANA’s Professional Development Course. She also has a Diploma in Clinical Nursing and BA in Sociology. Lidiya has a deep passion for pediatric nursing, holistic children development, early childhood care and education, children with communication and neurodevelopmental issues.

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Genet Andersa

Rehabilitation Officer (Cert., Dip., BSc)

Genet joined FANA in 2015 as a caregiver and assistant tutor. Genet has been working with children and teens with learning, communication and/or neurodevelopmental issues. She has completed FANA’s Professional Development Course and is currently working as a rehabilitation officer in the organisation. As Genet also has a BA in Marketing Management, she is involved in FANA’s resource mobilisation and marketing activities.

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Melesech Gelanew

Assistant Rehabilitation Officer (Cert.)

Melesech joined FANA in 2014 as an assistant caregiver. She has been involved in the intervention programme for Children with learning and Communication Difficulties. Melesech is currently taking FANA’s Professional Development Course to realise her personal and professional development goals.

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Hiwot Tilahun

Caregiver (Cert. BA)

Hiwot joined FANA in 2021 as a caregiver. Her major roles include assisting children with basic needs, ensuring their safety and well being, supervise and implement a structured learning environment.

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Wubetae Denbu

Finance Officer (Cert., Dip.)

Wubetae joined FANA in 2015 as a finance officer. He is responsible for handling FANA’s financial activities including budgeting, planning, reporting, tax filings and audits for the organization. Wubetae has a Diploma in Accounting, and is on his last year of a BA programme in Marketing Management.

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Frehiwot Ayele

Executive Secretary & Service Delivery Officer (Cert., Dip., BA)

Frehiwot joined FANA in 2015 as an executive secretary. Having completed FANA’s Professional Development Course, she has assumed a dual role of handling secretarial tasks as well as providing help and support to children with learning and communication difficulties. In addition to her training in learning and communication disabilities, Frehiwot also has a Diploma in Secretarial and Office Management and BA in Management.

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Yidnekachew Tamirat

Web Developer, Technical Support (Cert., Dip., BA)

Yidnekachew has been working with FANA since 2014 as a Freelance Web Developer.