Alumni Feature: Jalale Getachew Birru

Name: Jalale Getachew Birru

Year of Graduation: 2011

Q: Where do you work?

A: I work as a Peace Project Officer at the Peace and Development Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Q: What do you do at your job?

A: As a Peace Project Officer, among other things, I am mainly responsible for the implementation of a project titled “Sustained Dialogue Campus Network” at the public universities of Ethiopia. I assist the universities’ peace clubs in awareness raising about the project on their campuses. I also facilitate and give trainings on conflict management, leadership skills, and moderation skills. Moreover, I am a resource person to the dialogue groups, student moderators, participants of the project and to the universities administrations. I monitor the progress of the dialogue groups and trouble-shoot any implementation problems. In general, I control the overall activity of the Sustained Dialogue project.

Q: What is your favorite memory at the Brandt School?

A: WBS… so many memories! It is hard to pick just one memory! We all were like a big-happy (Non-Political) United Nations 🙂 We shared our culture, our life and we learned from each other. The way we exchanged ideas in the class as well as outside the class was the best. We all were passionate to make a difference in the world. One can see our dedication during our “Introduction to Public Policy” class taught by Phillip Müller. Once we were discussing one of the cases in this class and he stood on the desk and continued lecturing. This shows how much the discussion was interesting!

Q: Anything else you want to share with us?

A: Studying at WBS gave me a great opportunity to attend classes based on my interest. Moreover, the staff members were (and still are) ready to help the students with any problem even if it was not related with the school. Thank you for that!!

While studying at WBS, I participated in the program called “Strangers become Friends”. Because of this program, I was introduced to the Mohr family. This family introduced me to so many German cultures, foods, as well as activities. We still keep in contact. They surprised me for the 2014 New Year by sending me a package of German Christmas bread, which you can eat until Easter, together with other gifts. Hence, one can say I am still attached to the German life.


  1. Marew

    That was great what you have done regarding peace and I personally know how working on peace in public universities is challenging and of course important in Ethiopia.