Sebel Daniel is IIRR’s Training Officer and she is based out of the Ethiopia office. She is a fun-loving and outgoing individual who has a knack for keeping people motivated and excited. She is basically the Queen Bee in our busy Ethiopia office.
1. How long have you worked for IIRR and what do you do in your position?
I have worked at IIRR Ethiopia for about 3 years and 8 months now. I first joined IIRR as a gender audit researcher to perform a 6 month gender audit exercise under a project called Gender in Leadership and Decision-Making. At IIRR, I have worked as a focal person for the Managing HIV and AIDS in the Workplace project and for the communication team. I am responsible for facilitation and co-facilitation of trainings, compiling regular reports, stories, and updates, and am involved in fundraising by preparing concept notes and proposals. I also work on organizational strategic planning and development.
2. What’s your favorite part about working with IIRR?
I love the team spirit and the learning environment at IIRR.
3. Where did you go to college/university/training school?
I got my first degree from Alemaya University with a major in Geography and a minor in History. After teaching geography at high school level for two years, I enrolled at Addis Ababa University and got my Master’s of Arts in Gender Studies.
4. What is your favorite thing to do in the city where your IIRR office is located?
During my spare time, I love to watch movies at home, read books, be around water, and go to church. Ironically, I love the water, but I can’t swim! I’ve made a really serious effort to learn, but it just doesn’t seem to be working out…
5. What book/magazines/blogs are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Brilliant Coaching by Julie Starr.
6. Where is the next place you’d like to travel?
I would really enjoy traveling to Lalibela to visit one of the most renowned Ethiopian historical sites.
7. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make a difference in the world?
It is clear that having knowledge and experience are important to do something and make a difference. On top of this, the key aspect for me is to have a good heart and positive intentions in whatever you do. A kind heart and a positive plan will make a difference in people’s lives.