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Meet Mengistu Asnake

Senior Country Director, Ethiopia
“The changes I see in the lives of people in my day-to-day work in Ethiopia, specifically the smiling faces and families who benefit from our services, encourages me to continue as Pathfinder and be part of the life-changing efforts.”
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Dr. Mengistu Asnake is a public health specialist with more than 28 years of experience in reproductive health, primary health care, child survival, community health services, program management, training, operational research, and clinical service delivery.

He currently serves as the country director for Pathfinder in Ethiopia and the chief of party for the TRANSFORM project. Previously, he served as chief of party for our Integrated Family Health Program, a flagship USAID family planning and maternal, newborn, and child health program in Ethiopia. He joined our team in 1999.

Prior to joining Pathfinder, Mengistu worked at various levels of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health. He is currently serving as the immediate past president of World Federation of Public Health Associations (2016-2018). He previously served as the president of the Ethiopian Public Health Association (2006-2009) and president for the World Federation of Public Health Associations (2014-2016).

He has an MD at Gondar College of Medical Sciences at Addis Ababa University and an MPH at Addis Ababa University. Mengistu speaks Amharic and English.

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