Three Ethiopians Named Among 100 Most Influential Young Africans

Posted: Oct, 6th 2019

Three Ethiopians make the 2019 100 Most Influential Young Africans list; Ethiopian runner Genzebe Dibaba Keneni (Sports) Dr Kalkidan Lakew Belayneh (Science & #Technology) and Dj Rophnan.

Now in its 4th year, the lists shine a spotlight on the achievements of young Africans on the continent doing amazing work in their fields.

Congratulations to all the winners

33. Genzebe Dibaba, Runner (Ethiopia)

Genzebe Dibaba Keneni is an Ethiopian middle- and long-distance runner. She won the gold medal in the 1500 m at the Beijing World Championships and a silver medal in the 1500 meters at the 2016 Olympics.

43. Kalkidan Lakew Belayneh (Dr), Ethiopian Pharmaceutical Supply Agency (Ethiopia)

Dr Kalkidan Lakew Belayneh is a medical doctor and an advocate with over six years of experience in public health advocacy, focusing on reproductive health. Currently, she is working as the medical director of a rural government hospital, where she oversees all clinical activities. She also helped to establish some departments within the hospital.

She is an active volunteer with a variety of organizations and serves as the director of the Public Health in Ethiopia Medical Students’ Association. Dr Kalkidan earned her medical degree from the Addis Ababa University’s School of Medicine. She is a leader committed to empowering women in Ethiopia by addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights. One day, she hopes to see all women exercise their reproductive rights.

78. DJ Rophnan (Ethiopia)

Rophnan Nuri, also known as Rophy or more commonly as Rophnan, is an Ethiopian DJ, record producer and songwriter.

Below is the list of Africa Youth Award’s 2019 100 Most Influential Young Africans arranged in alphabetical order.

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