Sinafik Birara Gebru is a youth empowerment enthusiast, Executive Director at Your Ethiopian Professionals Network (YEP). Your Ethiopian Professionals (YEP) is a community of diverse professionals who strive for growth, excellence, and success. She joined YEP back in 2016 as a membership and programs director. For over three years, she worked in that position and was appointed as the Deputy Executive Director and Board Secretary in March 2020. After working in that position for over two years, Sinafik was appointed as the Executive Director on March 21, 2022.
Sinafik was born and raised in the capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She spent her high school years learning and participating actively in extracurricular activities in Nazareth school. She was a part of the Graduation Committee, Mini Media, Journalism, and Library Club. Sinafik has been actively engaged in community issues starting from her early high school years. It didn’t stop there. She continued this initiative during her college years at Mount Holyoke College. She took her double-majored bachelor’s degree in Biological and health sciences. She was a part of Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students Association, Mount Holyoke Office of Admissions, Weissman Center for Leadership, Debate Team, McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, and Clinton Global Initiatives University. She had intense student experiences in several clubs and societies. Having these active roles in the college, she secured seed funding from Mount Holyoke College to establish an NGO, The Birara Genet Non-Profit Initiative, that empowers homeless youth financially in Addis Ababa.
After completing her undergraduate degree, she joined Willis Towers Watson(WTW) as the health and benefits associate, where she monitored best practices and emerging trends in health and welfare benefits. She also joined African Diaspora Network as the Impact and Innovation Manager and supported the network through different project management activities. She is currently working as the founder and vice president of the Birara Genet Non-Profit Initiative and Executive Director at Your Ethiopian Professionals Network. Sinafik’s consistent effort to solve social problems in our country inspires us to be more involved in supporting youth to become leaders of tomorrow!