Gifti Nadi

Over the last decade, Gifti Nadi has worked on a number of capacity building initiatives on various development issues. Most recently, Gifti has served as a strategic communications mentor to the Ethiopian Development Research Institute and Ethiopian Economics Association as part of the Think Tank Initiative's Policy Engagement and Communications program. She has worked to enhance the media's capacity in more than 28 countries in Africa. As the Media Specialist for UNDP's Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) in Nairobi, she facilitated media coverage analysis and various programmatic aspects of the climate change training program for over 400 journalists in 20 countries in Africa. Previously, as the Senior Program Officer for Africa at the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), she implemented multi-million dollar media which provided technical and leadership training for than 1000 journalists in Africa on gender, health and rural development reporting. Gifti has also worked on a number of advocacy programs with rural women leaders in West Africa as well as the National Summit on Africa, an initiative to educate and engage Americans about US Foreign Policy on Africa. In 2003, she received the second Truman Award for Leadership and Innovation by Young Professionals in International Development by the Society for International Development. Nadi holds a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland. She is fluent in English, French and Amharic.