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International Program Director & U.S./Canada Representative - Gada Roba
Gada Roba is a Rotary Peace Fellow at Duke University completing a master’s degree in International Development Policy. He holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Global Studies and Political Science and a minor in African Studies with a focus on Sub-Saharan African governance, peace, and justice.
Roba was born in Ethiopia, but relocated to the United States as a teenager fleeing violence. He has dedicated his life to promoting peace and understanding and alleviating conflict. While enrolled at the University of Minnesota, he spent a year in Kenya studying international development, as well as a summer in Tanzania studying human rights and capacity building. He participated in leadership programs in South Africa and Morocco, and worked to promote understanding and diversity on the U of M campus, volunteering with the University’s Law Clinic, co-hosting events with the Human Rights Center, and supporting the local East African community.
He interned with the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights, where he worked to document and investigate the post-election violence of 2007/8. He has served as a cultural liaison, advocate, and advisor for the Minneapolis Public Schools, the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Upward Bound Program, and a variety of East African community-based organizations, including ARAHA (American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa).
He was a Humphrey Policy Fellow (2012-2013) and was selected to the Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Program in 2013, allowing him to volunteer with the International Organization on Migration and the U.S. Resettlement Support Center in Nairobi, Kenya. He began his Rotary Peace Fellowship at Uppsala University in Sweden in 2015, but later transitioned to Duke University in North Carolina, where his studies have focused on scientifically supported analytical methods to work towards the alleviation of conflict and poverty. He plans to work with international NGOs to promote sustainable development, human rights and peace & security globally.