​Hanna Kebbede has approximately 30 years of experience as capacity building consultant, instructional designer, technical writer and adult learning presenter. She wrote technical reports, grant proposals, and instructional materials for more than 25 organizations of which 15 were international nonprofits, 9 were UN agencies implementing projects worldwide. She has worked in more than 12 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Hanna is driven by a passion to communicate and has exceptional ability in making the technical and complex concise and easy to follow. Her goal is to add value by sharing wisdom and scientific information, and help develop the capacity for greater good.

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Judi Price, LCSW received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and completed a post graduate certification program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. In addition to her private practice in psychotherapy and supervision on the Upper West Side of NYC she received a certificate from the Family & Couples Treatment Service at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC. Since then she has served as Intake Therapist, Faculty, Supervisor and member of the Executive Committee of the Family and Couples Treatment Service as well as a founding member of the Daughter Mother Project at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Following her volunteer experiences after 9/11 Judi was trained in various trauma modalities including CISD (critical incident stress debriefing) and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). She has been a member of the Trauma Coop at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the Trauma Clinic at the National Institute for Psychotherapy in NYC.


Abeba Taddese serves as Program Director at Results for America where she is leading a study to better understand the mechanisms governments are putting in place to support use of data and evidence in policy, budget and management decisions. Prior to her work at Results for America, Abeba worked at Results for Development on health systems strengthening activities in areas including human resources for health, use of mobile phone and innovative IT solutions in the health sector, and expansion of health coverage to poor and vulnerable populations. Previously, Abeba worked as a consultant at the World Bank on poverty and gender issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also has experience working with several Washington DC area non-profit organizations. Abeba holds an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Kongit Girma, a proud mother of two college aged girls and currently works for the Chicago Public Schools coordinating support programs for refugee students and their families. She is a teacher, trainer and passionate advocate for education for all. She provides support and resources to teachers and professional development. Kongit is a member of the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago where she worked as Youth and Family Program specialist. She volunteers as an interpreter at the Kovler Center for torture survivors. She is a certified K-12 teacher and a free-lance Amharic teacher. Kongit received a BAS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in Chicago and holds a MAT from National Louis University.

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Vivian Awumey is the TPS Program Manager at the Library of Congress. She works with universities, school districts, and educational foundations to develop professional development for K-12 teachers targeted toward using the Library’s digitized primary sources to build students’ content knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Previously, Mrs. Awumey enjoyed a long career in international development focusing on human resources development in public and private sector organizations in Africa. She was a senior program officer in the Entrepreneurs International program, operated for USAID by Partners for International Education and Training. Later, she was the director of Professional Development and Advanced Degree Programs at the Africa America Institute.
Mrs. Awumey has a MS degree in Social Foundations of Education from University of Virginia, and a certificate in leadership development from George Washington University.