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Fourth Congress of the Association of African Historians

        22-25 May 2007


Bahru Zewde

Bahru Zewde is Emeritus Professor of History at Addis Ababa University. He has authored several books and articles, most notably A History of Modern Ethiopia 1855-1991 (Second Edition) and Pioneers of Change in Ethiopia: The Reformist Intellectuals of the Early Twentieth Century. His edited books include: Ethiopia: The Challenge of Democracy from Below (with Siegfried Pausewang) and Between the Jaws of Hyenas: A Diplomatic History of Ethiopia 1876-1896 (by Richard Caulk).

He has served as Chair of the Department of History at Addis Ababa University (1982-1986) and Director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at the same University (1993-1996).

He is currently the Executive Director of the FSS, Member of the Board of Trustees of Trust Africa and Editor of the Africa Review of Books.

Bio-data of Administrative Committee members

Dr Taye Assefa joined FSS as Program and Publications Director as of mid December 2005. He has a wide range of experience, coming with a background of working in different capacities for national and regional, academic and research institutions as well as development NGOs. He was an Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University, where he taught Language and Literature for about fourteen years. He also worked as the Publications and Documentation Officer of the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA), where he was heavily involved in editing the Organizationís scholarly publications. After his brief stay with the Development Policy Management Forum (DPMF), a regional civil society organization which he served as the Research and Publications Coordinator, Dr Taye joined the Association of African Universities, a continental body based in Accra, Ghana, as Head of the Communications and Services Department. Apart from these academic and research organizations, Dr Taye has also worked as a consultant for a number of NGOs and regional policy-making bodies such as the African Union. Dr Taye has several publications to his credit.


Dr. Daniel Kassahun joined FSS in December 2004 as Environmental Researcher. Prior to that, he has served the Alemaya University at a range of academic positions.  In FSS, he has conducted policy-oriented researches on various aspects of the environmental challenges and presented them on respective discussion forums. His research outputs are published on FSS publication series, proceedings and policy briefs. Currently, he is also academically involved (on part-time basis) in the School of Graduate Studies, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Addis Ababa University.


Ms. Aynalem Asheber, (MA in Politics and Government) joined FSS in January 2006. She is currently the Program and Administration Director of FSS. Ms. Aynalem has worked with various Government and Non-Government Organizations as Personnel Administrator, Advocacy Officer, Program Manager, Senior Gender Specialist and Trainer. She has also worked at Addis Ababa University as a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Relations.




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