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Alumni of the Month

Negusu Aklilu

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa’s Alumni of the Month

This page recognizes alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs for their continuous effort in community service and contributions to the development of their nation in various sectors.

May 2012

U.S. Embassy’s Alumni of the month for the month of May is Negusu Aklilu, an environmental climate change campaigner and advisor.

Negusu Aklilu

In 2009, Negusu participated in the U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program on natural resource management. Since then he has been working very actively with the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa in empowering more than 1800 high school youth in Addis and regional cities of Ethiopia in the areas of volunteerism, community service, and environmental protection. In 2011, he led the implementation of the National Green Service summer camp program for 20 high school and out-of-school youth volunteers.  They travelled to a rural area to provide support for farmer communities and gain indigenous ecological knowledge and experience from the farmers.

Negusu is currently working as a Climate Change Advisor for DFID-Ethiopia where he moved after serving as Director of Forum for Environment (FfE), a local NGO, for almost eight years.  He has worked as an environmental campaigner for the last 15 years and has played a leading role in advocating for environmental rights in Ethiopia.  

Work in the NGO and environment sector in Ethiopia has included co-founding and co-chairing the Ethiopian Civil Society Network on Climate Change, serving as a representative of civil society organizations in Ethiopia’s National Environment Council, and authoring several articles on the topic.  His initiatives include the national Green Award Program, the National Green Service Program and the Green Tax initiative.

In 2011, Negusu received two prestigious fellowships from two U.S. universities, Yale and University of Massachusetts Boston. He won the Yale World Fellowship award, selected as one of the 16 finalists out of a pool of more than 4000 applicants from all over the world. At the University of Massachusetts Boston he was made a Fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.