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Mahder Akalu Menbere

Mahder Akalu Menbere

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Ethiopia
YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 18

YEP Role

I am a Marketing & Communication Facilitator at AgriProFocus Ethiopia. AgriProFocus is a multi-stakeholder network organisation in the agri-food sector that is working in 12 countries in Africa and Southeast Asia and headquartered based in The Netherlands. As a network with a mission to making agribusiness work for development, we strive to promote collaboration between the private sector, government agencies, knowledge institutes, development partners and farmer organisations.


Therefore, my major task as Marketing & Communication Facilitator is moderating the online platform & social media channels, organising and facilitating multi-stakeholder linking & learning events, inviting network members to contribute, publishing articles & newsletter, documenting & sharing best practices of members or partners, supporting the network facilitator in facilitating multi-stakeholder linking and learning events, and promoting the network by continuous updates and interaction. 



  • Communication and marketing
  • Networking and media relations  
  • Platform and social media management
  • Group facilitation and training
  • Comprehensive linguistics knowledge
  • Teaching English/Amharic Languages  
  • Decision Making
  • Coordinating Activities
  • Research, Data Analysis, and Reporting
  • Organising and Facilitating Events
  • Working in multi-cultural environment and diverse backgrounds
  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Knowledge and resource mobilisation 
  • Innovative development methodologies 
  • Multi-tasked & on time delivery 

Nationality: Ethiopian

  • MA in Documentary Linguistics and Culture
  • BA degree in Folklore (cultural study) with an English minor
  • Advanced Diploma in English  
  • BA degree in Business Management (on going) 

Experience before YEP

  • Communication and Marketing Facilitator at AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  • PR and Communication Head at Dires for Development Charitable Association
  • Teaching Amharic & English language in different language institutes
  • TOFL/IELTS preparation class trainer at Nexus Educational Institute and Private
  • Plasma Educator at Walta Information Centre
  • Rapid Rural Appraisal, qualitative and quantitative enumerator at F&S BD Service
  • Interpreter/Translator at Addis Ababa University 
  • Enumerator at Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA) and IMC
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Organisation: AgriProFocus
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