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SMNE Steering Committee

The SMNE Steering Committee oversees the work of the SMNE.  Mr. Obang Metho is the Executive Director. 
  • Achame Shana, MSc in soils and environmental pollution from the University of Reading, Consultant on wastewater treatment technologies, campaigned and set up a charity that works for human rights and environmental issues in Southern Ethiopia, see website www.sepag.org Advocate for Shekacho People of Southwestern Ethiopia
  • Hussein Ahmed, M Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana ,  Researcher at  AppTech Biotechnology Company
  • Ibrahim Mohammed, Bachelor of Science Degree in Farm Equipment from Mansoura University, Egypt, Founder, Chairman, Fundraiser for the Benishangul Human Rights Foundation of Ethiopia – 2004. Founder, Board Member, Fundraiser for the Benishangul Relief and Rehabilitation Association of Ethiopia – 1990 – 1994  
  • Lemlem Tsegaw, MA, Health Care Planning and Administration, University of Delaware, BS Nursing, Walla Walla College, WA, 1997 Public Health Nurse of the Year Award, Portsmouth Health Department, Author of three books, other publications, poems
  • Melaku Tsegaye MekonenDegree in Geography from Addis Ababa University,  Weekly Radio Show at University of British Columbia, Owner and Editor-in-chief of Mekedela Newspaper in Canada, Expelled from Ethiopia EPRDF along with 52 other journalist, Editor of news bulletin serving 80 thousand refugees at Kakuma Refugee Camp
  • Michael Deribe, BS in biochemistry and molecular biology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Associate Bioprocess Scientist, Downstream Process Development, ALANAI honor society at UMass/Amherst Academic honors, involved in Community TV program production, web designing  
  • Obang Metho, BS in Political Science, University of Saskatchewan, Founder and President of the Gambella Development Agency, Founder and Executive Director of the Anuak Justice Council, Founder and Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia
  • Robsan Itana, BA, Ethnic studies, Community Building and Non-Profit Management, Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN, Executive Director of the Oromo-American Citizens Council
  • Yassin Kassim, Founder of the Empowerment Initiative, an Atlanta based organization that promotes Human Rights, Social Justice, Non-Violence, Advocacy. He is also a member of the Ogaden Human Rights Committee