About the Author
Ambassador Andebrhan Welde Giorgis is a member of the Board and Senior Adviser of the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), Senior Expert in the Peace and Security Section of the Global Governance Institute (GGI) and an Adjunct Professor of Diplomacy, African Politics and International Relations at Vesalius College, Free University of Brussels (VUB) where he is also a research fellow. He has extensive experience as a freedom fighter, scholar, central banker, diplomat, international negotiator, and political consultant with particular expertise in peace, security, and development issues.
Andebrhan is a veteran of the war for Eritrea’s liberation and a founding member of the central committee of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) and the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ). Upon independence, he served inter alia, as: President of the University of Asmera; Governor of the Bank of Eritrea; member of the Eritrean National Assembly; Ambassador to the EU, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, and the Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation and UNESCO; Eritrea’s Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes region; and Commissioner for Coordination with the UN Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia (UNMEE). After dissociating from the government of Eritrea in 2006, Andebrhan worked as Senior Advisor for the Africa Programme of the International Crisis Group and advised the European Commission for the Preparation of an EU Strategy for the Horn of Africa.
Andebrhan holds a BSc and MBA from the University of Colorado, conducted doctoral studies at Harvard University and has published several articles. He speaks Tigrinya, Amharic, Arabic, English and French.