Class IX (2011-2012)

11. Luladay Aragaw Truneh

Sponsor Club: Addis Ababa Central-Mella, Ethiopia, District 9200

 

Luladay was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Cultivating an interest in advancing peace, she has ventured towards realizing her aspirations by supporting small initiatives with significant impact. She joined the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Volunteers Programme in Addis Ababa at an early stage of her career and has for several years contributed to the ‘Volunteering for Peace and Development’ vision of the Programme.

Since 2005 she has also been supporting the Ethiopia Committee of the Global United World Colleges initiative with a mission of making education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. She is also a committee member of the Yedidya Association – an NGO supporting the education and well-being of HIV/AIDS orphans in Ethiopia. Luladay also served as the Ethiopia Bureau Chief for TheEthiopianAmerican.com, an online magazine based in Washington DC, USA.

Likewise, she held a position of Sub-Editor for the Sub-Saharan Informer Newspaper, a subregional English newspaper based in Addis Ababa. In 2008, Luladay, along with three other compatriots from East Africa, received an award for a Rotary International Group Study Exchange from Rotary District 9200 to the northern California District 5160, an initiative to foster peace and international understanding.

As part of her Rotary Peace Fellowship, Luladay was able to take the opportunity of working as a Research Associate with The Protection Project – a human rights and human trafficking research institute at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC for her Applied Field Experience term. Luladay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international relations from the University of Addis Ababa. She aspires to continue on the path to peace as a Rotary Peace Fellow, working with national and international organizations in the global fight against human trafficking.