Being an Ethiopian citizen belonging to the underprovided and backward regional state Tigray, Dr Hafte Gebrihet was raised along with five siblings who are all studying. He has worked at Adigrat University in Ethiopia as a lecturer since 2013.
Education: PhD in Public and Development Management at Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2019-2021); Master of Art (MA) – Policy and Sustainable Development specialisation at University of Gondar, Ethiopia; he holds a first-class degree in Bachelor of Arts (Civics and Ethics) from Mekelle University, Ethiopia. Other skills: He is proficient in using quantitative data analysis software such as STATA and SPSS. He has undertaken significant creative methods training and completed a two-week Contested governance course from the University of Freiburg, a four-month Electronic Library Resources Blended Learning Workshop held between August and November 2020. This training prepared him for qualitative and quantitative research methods. In addition, he possesses project management methodology skills to identify organisational problems and come up with policy and practical implications. His work with interactive documentaries also has a high impact value within academia and has led him to participate in several workshops. To date, the training he received has enabled him to develop skills that have significantly enhanced his career prospects.
Work Experience: Considering his career stage, he possesses over ten years of research, community service, and teaching experience in Ethiopia and abroad. In South Africa, he works as a research and writing consultant at Stellenbosch University, where he coordinates research writing and presentation of research outputs. In Ethiopia, he works as a researcher, community service coordinator, lecturer, and research fellow at Adigrat University. His responsibilities are conducting research, writing policy briefs, lecturing foreign and public policy, public administration, and development subjects, and offering research consultancy services to public and private institutions. This has enabled me to develop significant teaching experience at the undergraduate and M.A. levels, including course design and research-led teaching. He has developed an exceptional publication record and presented papers in high-quality peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has also edited a special issue in peer-reviewed international journals. Dr Gebrihet also serves three years as a chairperson of the Midea and Culture Committee, vice-chairperson of the Public Diplomacy, Website Controller, and Board Member in strengthening the Tigray Community Association in South Africa. In addition, he serves as a Campaigner for the voice of the voiceless of the Tigray/Ethiopian people for one and half years.