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Girmay Zahilay: A young man with positive energy and bright future

The Institute of Development and Education for Africa (IDEA) is proud to feature Mr. Girmay Zahilay, who demonstrably exhibited success in education and his profession, and who could be an a paragon or exemplar to young Ethiopian men and women in Ethiopia, particularly those who are associated with the Ethiopian Youth Program, and also for Diaspora young Ethiopians who are on the verge of completing high school and aspire to join college, and even for those who would further pursue their graduate studies. There is no doubt that Giramy could serve as inspiration to other young Ethiopians and here is his brief bio-sketch:

Giramy Zahilay is a lawyer and recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Born in Gedaref, Sudan, he immigrated to the United States with his family at age three and grew up in Seattle, Washington. He received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 2009. Before Law School, he spent a year working at a law firm in San Francisco, and another year working to fight poverty in America through the Congressional Hunger Center in Washington, DC. During law school, he had the opportunity to intern at the White House and assist President Obama’s legal team by conducting research and writing memos on various legal issues ranging from policy implementation to federal ethics laws.

Girmay is currently practicing law at a corporate law firm in New York City. In his free time, Girmay enjoys watching the national basketball association (NBA), playing basketball, traveling, mentoring first-generation college students, and – above all – spending time with his loving family.

On behalf of IDEA, Inc.

Ghelawdewos Araia, PhD

Professor, City University of New York/

Central Connecticut State University


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