Mr. Kemal Birru joined Zakat Foundation of America in late 2014 as a Program Coordinator for Africa and Asia. He brought his more than 20 years of experience in international humanitarian relief and development, in addressing the immediate and long-term needs of needy communities around the world. Prior to joining Zakat Foundation of America, he has served in governmental and International non-government organizations in different capacities ranging from officer to Executive Director levels. He has vast understanding in project cycle management of most thematic areas; Child Protection and Safe Guarding; gender mainstreaming; and Livelihood programs. He has also deep understanding of change and human resources management, emergency preparedness and response; and organizational development. He has acquaintances with the regions of Africa, Asia and the Middle-East through technical assistance and supportive supervisions.
Kemal holds a Master’s degree from the Institute of Social Studies the Netherlands; another Master’s degree from the Free University of Brussels. Moreover, he has a Bachelor degree in Ag-Economics from Addis Ababa University besides the various certificates on diverse developmental subjects.