I was born in Ethiopia, finished my high school education in Addis Ababa and Joined Addis Ababa University to further my education. After two years of University education and one year country service in Ethiopia, I got a scholarship to finish B. Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in the United States – University of Wisconsin. After graduation I returned to Addis Ababa University and served for ten years and was granted World Bank scholarship to study for my Ph. D. in Scotland. I migrated to Australia immediately after graduation.
I am married and have three Children. I have been working as an educator, researcher, translator/interpreter, community adviser and volunteer since I migrated to Australia with my family in 1989. While I was in Ethiopia, I was senior lecturer, head of department of Technical Teacher Education at Addis Ababa University and Assistant professor after graduating from Strathclyde University, Glasgow with a Ph. D. I had worked in various capacities while I was a senior lectured and head of department. Those include; curriculum adviser for the government of Ethiopia, member of academic commission at Higher Education Commission and Education Faculty of Addis Ababa University.
After migrating to Australia, I taught in various high schools around the state for about 20 years. I have taught various subjects including Design and Technology, Mathematics, Science, and Computing.
At present, I am retired but I do translation work at a professional level from home, serve in advisory committees, am community elder, volunteer for Red Cross, Church and the Achievers Club WA at Girrawheen Hub.