Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW): Bitania Lulu Berhanu

Bitania Lulu Berhanu is a young African leader committed to empowering bright African minds to become change agents in their communities and countries. She holds a BSc Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Addis Ababa University Institute of Technology in Ethiopia and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human and Economic Development in African Studies at Addis Ababa University.

She is the founding Executive Director of YALDA Addis Ababa University (YALDA-AAU), where she has partnered with the African Union Commission to hold the first-ever AU AGENDA 2063 Youth Summit. Bitania has received the Female Personality of the Year 2015 (Africa Youth Awards), Honorary Award (The Black History Month celebration), BHM 2016 (United States International University-Africa), and Pan African Science Award 2017 (Pan African Youth Union Congress). She was also identified by the African Youth Awards as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans in 2016.

Bitania worked with the Africa Union Economic, Cultural & Social Council (AU-ECOSOCC) in Digital Media and Public Relations, and as a Project Manager at Unilever Ethiopia. Bitania is a gifted leader, a strong manager with expertise in strategic planning and advocacy, and an inspiring public speaker who has been invited to speak and make interventions at local and international forums.

She has received several notable international accolades for her passion and commitment to Africa’s Development. Recently, she was named on the 2021100 Most Influential Young Africans by Avance Media.

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