Makeda Fikremariam

Almami Cyllah Fellow for Human Rights, Sub Saharan Africa

Makeda Fikremariam is the Almami Cyllah Fellow for Human Rights in Sub Saharan Africa at Amnesty International USA.

Previously, she conducted research on the global response to curbing COVID-19 in the Global South, the relationship between human rights and national security, and analyzed the democratic nature of the 2021 elections in Uganda. Her undergraduate honors thesis considered the potential of Ethiopia becoming a rising regional power in East Africa.

Prior to that, she co-founded the Eritrean Ethiopian Student Association of North America. As President, she led the organization to connect the diaspora youth to their culture and respective countries.

Makeda received her B.A in International Affairs and Philosophy with honors from James Madison University. In addition to her native Amharic, she is proficient in Spanish. Outside of highlighting underrepresented communities, Makeda is passionate about true crime podcasts, running, and exploring various cultures through their cuisine.