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ODA Global was founded and is led by Zewud Debebe


Zewud Debebe - Chief Executive Officer

Zewud Debebe brings executive level human resources experience and has led organizations in developing and executing programs to enhance the effectiveness of human capital. Ms. Debebe has extensive experience developing strategies and policies and implementing a wide range of programs that unite compliance to federal and state regulation requirements with advanced human capital management practices. She has created programs spanning a variety of employee management and development domains, including diversity and engagement, performance management, recruitment/selection, progressive discipline, employee relations, training and development, and policy/procedure development. As seasoned human resources professional with more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Debebe serves as a mentor for human resources staff and fosters professional development while enhancing individual and collective contributions to meet organizational goals. Ms. Debebe has also developed and implemented many of these human resources programs in various sub-Saharan African countries while ensuring compliance with local requirements.

Ms. Debebe is a certified Zenger Miller trainer, holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in General Administration/Human Resources from the University of Maryland, and maintains membership in several national human resource-focused professional associations. She also sits on the board of ISED, an international non-profit organization, in Washington, DC. Prior to co-founding ODA Global, Ms. Debebe held the positions of Chief Human Resource Officer for Danya International, Director of Human Resources at Koba & Associates, and Gannett. She was the nominee and runner up for the 2011 HR Leadership Award.


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