Makda Tessema is a democracy and governance fellow in the African Governance Secretariat, housed in the Department of Political Affairs at the African Union. She is seconded to assist the Secretariat with implementation of their youth engagement strategy in democratic governance processes. Makda previously worked for the British Council as a programme manager for a regional programme promoting youth engagement in leadership. She was also a programme director for the Young Women’s Christian Association, a grassroots local organization, handling portfolios related to young women's rights, women’s economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, girls’ education and empowerment. Makda holds an LLM in International Law and Human Rights and an MA in Sociology.