Dagnachew Wakene

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Precinct Program: Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Date(s): Summer 2015

Dagnachew Bogale Wakene has been working for over nine years as an advocate, educator, and research consultant with a focus on disability rights and inclusive development. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and a Master's of Philosophy majoring in Rehabilitation and Development Studies from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is currently the Africa Regional Coordinator at Disability Rights Promotion International, a project run by York University, Canada to establish a monitoring system that addresses disability discrimination globally. He’s also co-founder of ThisAbility Consulting, an initiative which aims to bridge existing gaps of participatory disability research in Africa. A childhood polio-survivor, Dagnachew embraces an outstanding blend of lived experience and professional excellence in his fields of expertise. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, he will continue his robust contributions to efforts of creating an inclusive society in Ethiopia and the continent.

Blog Entries

Onward and Upward: Disability Rights Advocate Dag Wakene

Original interview conducted by the Stellenbosch University Alumni Office for publication in their Winter 2016 edition of ‘e-Matieland’

Disability rights advocate, educator and lifelong student: Meet alumnus, Dagnachew ‘Dag’ Wakene (33), who for the past nine years, and longer, has been working tirelessly combatting the serious socio-economic prejudice and myriad […]

Straight Talk Africa: Precinct YALI Fellow Dagnachew Wakene on President Barack Obama and the YALI Fellowship

Voice of America

This week on Straight Talk Africa, host Shaka Ssali speaks with Dagnachew Wakene, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a Young African Leader who addresses disability discrimination globally at Disability Rights Promotion International and THISAbility Consulting. He discusses his reaction at the President Barack […]

Dagnachew Wakene – YALI Impact Story

Dagnachew Wakene is a ‪#‎YALI2015‬ Fellow from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dag advocates for millions of Africans living with disabilities, working to ensure that everything from urban planning to national legislation is inclusive for people with all levels of mobility. As a person living with disabilities himself, Dag embodies his […]