Board of Directors

The members of the new board of directors are, in alphabetical order:

President of the Board of Directors: Dr. Assefaw Tekeste 


00 coming soon 1. Ahmed Kaisi: is an EPLF veteran who joined the Eritrean Revolution in 1971 from the University of Damascus. He served in the EPLF as a senior cadre, instructor at the Cadre School and member of the Central Committee. He has been part of the Forum for National Dialogue since its inception.
00 coming soon  2. Amb. Adhanom Ghbremariam     
03 Andebrh Sml  3. Amb. Andebrhan Welde Giorgis:  is an EPLF Veteran and one of the founders of the Forum for National Dialogue. He is the President of Eri-Platform, an international civic association promoting inclusive dialogue on vital national, regional and international issues impacting Eritrea and the Horn of Africa. He is also Senior Expert in the Global Governance Institute, founding board member of the European Centre for Electoral Support and Brand Ambassador of Wallonia, Belgium. He is the author of "Eritrea at a Crossroads: A Narrative of Triumph, Betrayal and Hope”.
04 Benyam Debesai  4. Benyam Debesai: is a veteran of the liberation struggle—and EPLF freedom fighter. He has been part of the Forum for National Dialogue since 2014 serving in its Advocacy project. He is the author of the Tigrinya novel, “Heyaw Qesti”. He is a passionate student of history with a degree in Political Science.

05 Mohamed Berhan Blata  5. Mohamed Berhan Blata: is an ELF veteran who joined the Eritrean revolution in the early 1960s and rose to be one of the top leaders of the five military zones of the ELF and later the organizations' foreign relations representative. After independence he returned to Eritrea from abroad and served in the government. He was consecutively the mayor of Mendeferra, Adi Kayih and Dekemhare, from 1992 to 2001. He has been part of the Forum for National Dialogue from its earliest days. He now lives in Sweden.                   
06 BeyanNegash 6. Beyan Negash: is a doctoral candidate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at New Mexico State University (NMSU). He holds a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in TESOL from NMSU as well as a bachelor of arts in Anthropology from UCLA. Beyan teaches graduate online courses in Teacher Action Research  as well as Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy. His research interests are on colonial discourse and post-colonial theories and their hegemonic impact on patriarchy, cultural identity, literacy development, language acquisition as well as curriculum & citizenship.
07 Dr. Adane sml  7. Dr. Adane Ghebremeskel Tekie: was born in Mendefera, attended his elementary and secondary learning at St. Georgo Secondary and High School. He read political science at the University of Vienna and currently works for an international organization as a senior adviser and competent manager on governance in Southern African region. He is also a guest lecturer at universities in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe and a member of the Executive Committee of the Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights.        
08 Dr Anghesom Atsbaha 8. Dr. Anghesom Atsbaha: is an ELF veteran, associate professor who teaches social science, political science, and African & African American history. He is a social activist educator, born and raised in Eritrea.  His educational background includes a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from DePaul University with a focus on political history and earned his doctoral degree at National Louis University of Chicago. His core values as an educator emerges from his strong belief in and commitment to social change and social justice. He is one of the founding members and director of a partnership program popularly known as Truman–DePaul Adult Bridge program. He has been the heart and soul of the Bridge program since its beginning. In Lifelong Learning at its best (1999), the program was called one of the best practices of collaborative models in the nation. The Bridge has been presented as a model at academic conferences in Kenya, Australia, and Germany and won numerous state and private grants supporting its work.
09 Dr Assefaw Tekeste  9. Dr. Assefaw Tekeste: is an EPLF Veteran, one of the founders of the Forum for National Dialogue, and Director Emeritus and Associate professor—Global Health Track at Touro University, California.       
10 Herui Tedla Bairu 10. Herui Tedla Bairu: a political scientist, is one of the founders, organizers, and theoreticians of the Ethiopian Students Movement (ESM) in the early 1960’s. He was the Vice President of the Eritrean Liberation Front and the head of its Political Bureau for the period 1971-75. Later, he, became the General Secretary of the Eritrean Democratic Movement (1977-90). After independence Herui served as a member of the Eritrean parliament. He later became Secretary General of the Eritrean Alliance, consisting of sixteen organizations, for the period 2002-2005. He is presently the chairman of the influential Eritrean Congress Party. 
00 coming soon  11. Hummad Mohammed Kullu      
00 coming soon 12. Idris Humed Ibrahim      
13 Jallaway Sml  13. Jallaway (Gillawey) Saeed: was born in Keren. After finishing 11th grade, he was called to serve in the Sixth Round of National Service. In 2002, he left Eritrea and now lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Eritrean Youth Movement in Switzerland. He is the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Forum for National Dialogue.
00 coming soon  14. Mesfin Hagos      
15 Mohiadin Shengeb sml 15. Mohiadin Abubaker Shengeb: is a former EPLF Veteran who served in the Central Committee and subsequently in PFDJ’s Polit Bureau. He was the chairman of The National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students (NUEYS) till he deserted PFDJ in 2004. He studied English Literature at Damascus University and has an MBA from the Open University, London. He worked at UNFPA New York, Ethiopia and the Sudan.
16 Saba Fessehaye  16. Saba Fessehaye: is an EPLF veteran who joined the organization in 1977. Upon the completion of here military training, she was assigned to the Department of Security and worked there till 1987. After the Second Organization Congress, she was transferred to the Department of Intelligence and Security and served in that department, holding several positions, until the independence of Eritrea. After Independence, she was assigned in the National Security Agency, Security Department with the rank of Major. She was actively involved in the Eritrean Women’s Association. After leaving Eritrea in 2001, she joined the EPDP and worked on launching the Radio Harnet.  She has been an active member of the Eritrean Forum for Democracy since its inception.
17 Salwa Nour 17. Salwa Nour: is a freelancer lawyer, Legal Adviser and an independent Human Rights Activist. She graduated from Al Neelain University, Faculty of Law. She also obtained High Diploma and Master of Public Law from Juba University, Sudan, Mater of Business Administration, Shifley Business School, Master of Project Management, Torrens University Australia and was the recipient of the Outstanding and Best Student Award. 
18 Semere T Habtemariam  18. Semere T. Habtemariam: is the Chief Executive Officer of the Forum for National Dialogue. He is one of the founders and pioneers of the civil society organizations that sprouted in the aftermath of the arrest of the group known as G-15 and the journalists of the free press. He is the author of two books, “Reflections of the History of the Tewahdo Church,” and “Hearts Like Birds.” He has a master’s degree in public Affairs and a Bachelor’s in Government and Politics from the University of Texas at Dallas. He lives with his wife and four children in Carrollton, Texas.
19 Semere Kesete 19. Semere Kesete: holds LLB in Law from University of Asmara and MA in Social Justice and Human Rights from Arizona State University. His main area of interest is Human rights Law, Social Justice and Rule of Law. Currently works as a Development Worker in Good Governance, Peace and Security with Civil Society in Southern Africa Region.
20 Semhar G Silassie 20. Semhar G/Silassie: is a graduate of the College of Business and Economics, Halhale College. She has a BA degree in Finance. She came to Europe recently and has been active in the pro-democracy camp of the Eritrean Diaspora. She lives in Sweden.
21 Suleiman Hussein Sml 21. Suleiman Hussien: was an ELF Student Union member who served in the organization's Executive body. One of the founders of the civic society movements in the Diaspora, chairman of CDRiE and has been part of the Forum for National Dialogue since 2014. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and works as a licensed linguist in the UK.
22 Tesfamichael Yohannes 22. Tesfamichael Yohannes: is an ELF veteran and current chairman of the Eritrean Peoples’ Democratic Party (EPDP). He has a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from New York State University at Brockport and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Nazareth College. He works in Public Service in Monroe County, New York.
23 Veronica Almedom 23. Veronica Almedom: is a Communication Specialist. She currently studies political science at the University of Geneva. In January 2016, she integrated the Swiss Federal Commission of Migration where she acts as a bridge between the Eritrean asylum seekers and the Swiss authorities.
24 Jacob Abraham 24. Jacob Abraham: was born in Asmera and at an early age joined the ELF Youth Group (TsebaH).  After the withdrawal of ELF into the Sudan, he became a member of the ELF Sagem group and was an active member till 1991 when Eritrea was liberated. The liberation of Eritrea did not lead to its democratization and Jacob has to join the democratic struggle. He has been an active member of the Youth Movement in the Diaspora. He is a real estate broker who lives in Germany with his family.
25 Yonas Hagos 25. Yonas Hagos: is the Chairman of Media and Public Relations at the Forum for National Dialogue (FND, aka Medrekh). He strongly believes that the media is the greatest weapon for fighting non-democratic and authoritarian governments and has a profound understanding of the information age we live in where a little information explodes all over the world within a fraction of seconds. Prior to joining Medrekh, he has been a board member and chairman of EYSC (Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change). He, along with his colleagues, has organized many Eritrean demonstrations and conferences including the first Eritrean Youth Conference in Washington DC in 2012 and three consecutive Bologna conferences. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Asmara University. 


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