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Profile: Semiha Abdulmelik
Semiha Abdulmelik is a Strategic Adviser with Maendeleo Group. She is currently the Policy Officer at the Office of the AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace, and Security. She has worked for local and international NGOs, as well as the UN in various capacities. She has undertaken country level programming work, with a focus on local governance, civil society, and human rights in Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia, working with local government, national institutions such as parliament, and civil society. In addition to programming expertise, Semiha also has extensive experience engaging in policy and advocacy in the area of humanitarian affairs, gender, peace and security, and post-conflict reconstruction with a wide range of policy and decision makers at the African Union level. While Semiha’s local and national level engagement have been in the Horn, a substantial amount of her experience has been on Pan-African policy issues, and regional institutions.
She holds an MA in Human Rights Practice (Distinction), Erasmus Mundus, and BA/BComm in Politics and Strategic Management from Monash University, Australia. She is an alumnus of the African Leadership Centre.
Semiha is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and tweets at @SAbdulmelik.