Zelalem Kibret is a writer and blogger in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is committed to promoting access to justice for all voices in Ethiopia.

“If I’m going to build a democratic Ethiopia and Africa in the future, then I need to be exposed to a world that has already built that.”

Zelalem spent 6 weeks at the Presidential Precinct as a Mandela Washington Fellow. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.