Executive Director

Yared Hailemariam

Yared Hailemariam is the Executive Director of the Ethiopian Human Rights Defender Center. Under his leadership, EHRDC provides emergency protection, advocacy, awareness raising, capacity building, and technological support to human rights defenders. Yared, is a founder of East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE).  Yared came back to Ethiopia and helped establish several Human Rights organizations after being forced to live in exile for several years. 


Tarikawit Fikadu

Tarikawit Fikadu has over 10 years of experience in law firms, public enterprises, consultancy offices, and civil society organizations in various capacities. She has a first degree in law from Wollo University, Ethiopia, and a Master’s in constitutional law and human rights from Umeå University, Sweden. As program director for the Ethiopian Human Rights Defenders Center (EHRDC), she oversees the programs, and organizational developments and represents the center in national, regional, and international networks. She has experience in handling multiple projects by designing, coordinating, organizing, and delivering various training and workshops training. She is a board member of the Ethio-Swedish Alumni Network and a member of Sara Justice from All local CSOs. Tarikawit is a has also written and published several papers   on women’s rights.

Senior Protection officer

Befekadu (Davi) Dereba

Befekadu joined EHRDC as protection and research Officer and is now working as the Senior Protection Officer. His tasks include managing the protection projects which supports human rights defenders at risk to ensure that they receive the necessary support to overcome the challenges that they face and facilitate the capacity building trainings for HRDs.

Senior Advocacy and Communication Officer

Kalkidan Tesfaye

Kalkidan has a computer Science Degree and A Master in English Language and Literature from Addis Ababa University. She has been working as a writer and human rights advocates engaging with several local and international organizations such as United Nations Office of the High Commissioner, Ethiopian World Federation (EWF), and African Union. After joining EHRDC, she is now managing the Advocacy and Communications department. Her tasks include designing advocacy and communications strategy by identifying key messages, targets and opportunities for Advocacy, overseeing programs related to advocacy and communications as well as  managing the organization’s public image and ensuring smooth communications and sustainable partnership with  stakeholders, donors and other parties.


senior Finance and Administrative Offices

Fikadu Dufera

Fikadu joined EHRDC as the Finance Officer. His tasks include providing financial, , and logistical support to projects and the organization as a whole. 


Administrative Officer

Leilt Tlahun

Leilt Tilahun, a law graduate from Haramaya University and who is also a masters candidate in Project management at Addis Ababa University joined EHRDC in 2022 as and is now working as Administrative Coordinator . As an Administrative Coordinator, she plays a crucial role in ensuring that the organization’s strategic day-to-day human resources management, procurement, and logistical services are efficiently and effectively managed. Furthermore, she is also the safeguarding officer for the organization and has the responsibility to ensure that the center’s safeguarding policy is adhered to by the staff and any stakeholders working with the organization.

Advocacy and communications officer

Hana Lale

Hana Lale is a Women Rights Activist with experience in advocacy, communication, and campaigning. Over the past two years, she has been actively involved in promoting and protecting human rights. Hana holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Hawassa University and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Jimma University. She is also a skilled trainer in advocacy and digital security. Currently, Hana is pursuing a Master’s Degree in human rights at Addis Ababa University, further enhancing her knowledge and expertise in the field.

Protection and Research officer

Noah Yesuf

Noah is a Researcher and Protection Officer at the Ethiopian Human Rights Defenders Center since October 2022. Prior to his current position, he served as an Assistant Researcher and Trial Monitoring Officer at the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia. Additionally, Noah worked as an Assistant Lecturer at Wollo University School of Law, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree. His responsibilities encompass a wide range of activities including providing human rights education, facilitating debates, conducting assessments and research, drafting press statements, manuals and guidelines, and handling the protection of human rights defenders through case management. Noah has also acquired extensive experience in both national and international moot court and debate competitions.