Tell us about yourself, Ruth. Where did your story begin ?
My story is a simple one. I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, amidst upheavals, an unsettled political landscape, economic difficulties, and a people with a strong cultural identity. In all of this, I grew up amongst a defining characteristic of my people: hope. Hopeful youngsters that, despite the obstacles faced post-communist regime, would create ingenious businesses, research disruptive ideas, and most of all work together for a vision of a better future. This hope is what defined my formative years. It drove me to better develop myself and engage with those around me more. It made me believe that I could make an impact by becoming an activist and a pro-active member of my community. It is why I made it my journey to work with youth and empower people through both international and pan-African youth membership organizations. This was made possible because of my schooling at the Indian national school and later school of Tomorrow, which afforded me to be taught in an international language and allowed me to look at the world with a different lens because of the diversity of those around me. That is why I passionately love to travel , experience new places , People from different walk of life, food and culture. After high school I continued my commitment to social causes and chose training that could make an impact. In fact, I gained a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) at the University of Addis Ababa and became a Pharmacist by training. I then proceeded to engage professionally in the health sector, focusing on Diabetes, Anemia, and Maternal and Child Nutrition.