Adedana Ashebir

Adedana is the Regional Manager, Africa for Village Capital.

She leads Village Capital’s Africa work out of Nairobi after a career spanning journalism, human capital, foreign relations, and technology.

Adedana previously worked at the African Leadership Network, a community of the continent’s young, dynamic, and influential leaders. At ALN, she built and managed the Africa Business Fellowship, a program that matched young American business leaders with leading African corporates and startups for short term work placements in five countries, and also served as Chief of Staff to the CEO. She also served as a communications strategist for the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence, a think tank and research hub dedicated to China-Africa private sector engagement. Her early research and work has allowed Adedana to live in Ethiopia, China, South Korea, Nicaragua, and now Kenya. 

Adedana holds a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a Certificate of Chinese Language and Culture from Beijing Normal University, and a BA in Environmental Studies from Yale University. She speaks Spanish and Mandarin, as well as survival Amharic and Tigrinya. 

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