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Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD)
IGAD Executive Secretary

Prior to being the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia between 2016 and 2019. He was Minister of Transport between 2012 and 2016. Dr Workneh has had a long career in the Civil Service in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia where he served in the Administration and the Security.

He was born in 1970 in the town of Shashamane in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Dr. Workneh studied at Addis Ababa University where he obtained a Bachelor and Masters degree in International Relations. He holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Pretoria. Dr Workneh is married and a father of three.

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IGAD Ministerial Meeting on Ongoing Drought

May 18, 2022
May 13, 2022 (Nairobi, Kenya): Today, a high-level ministerial meeting on the on-going drought in the IGAD region took place…
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IGAD Executive Secretary Congratulates the New President of Somalia

May 16, 2022
May 16, 2022 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti) - The Executive Secretary of IGAD, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, has congratulated H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud…
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IGAD Executive Secretary Condemns Terrorist Attack on African Union Peacekeepers in Somalia

May 4, 2022
May 4, 2022 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, strongly condemns…

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Validation of Data Collected on National Policies Aimed at Building Resilient and Sustainable Livestock to Effects of Climate Change in Somalia

26 May 2022
- Mogadishu, Somalia
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