Born and grew up in Ethiopia, Yemi is driven to combating global health challenges in the most health deprived communities of the world. Her ambition set roots when she began working as a journalist and explored the various socio-economic factors affecting people’s lives in Ethiopia.
Yemi then moved to work in Action Aid Ethiopia, where she led the Sponsorship/fund-raising Unit and supporting the anti-poverty and justice mission of the international development agency. Her responsibilities included amplifying the voices of communities by telling their stories of challenges and success, to mobilize the support they needed to fight poverty and injustice.
Yemi is also passionate about promoting the rights of children. She worked as substitute teacher in New York City public schools where she nurtured interest about support for children with special needs.
Yemi has a Master’s degree in Childhood and Youth from The Open University, UK, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University.
A wife and a mother of three boys, Yemi lives in Brooklyn, New York.