Azeb Tadesse was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Africa and Europe before coming to the US. Tadesse is a graduate of UCLA and she is currently Deputy Director of the African Studies Center at UCLA where she oversees administration and programming. Her work includes teacher training, internationalization of school curriculum and the intersection of development and higher education in Africa. She is recipient of three Fulbright-Hays GPA awards for Morocco from the US Department of Education and has served as consultant for the African Union Mission in Washington DC and The Leon Sullivan Foundation. Prior to coming to UCLA, she worked with immigrant and refugee youth developing training curriculum and organizing after school tutoring programs, support groups, and field trips to facilitate adjustment to US. She has been active in Los Angeles developing programs for various communities and has served on various committees and boards. She was founding member of Ethiopian-American Advocacy Group an all-female community advocacy group which successfully worked with the Los Angeles City Council in designating an area heavily populated with Ethiopian businesses as “Little Ethiopia” in 2004.