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From Conflict Resolution to Building Schools, Business Professor Gives Back to his Native Ethiopia


When Berhanu Mengistu was a little boy, his mother saved his life.

Mengistu, the youngest of 13 children, was lying in bed, staring at the ceiling when the house - in Ethiopia's northern countryside - caught fire. His mother grabbed him and rushed out. As she left, the ceiling collapsed.

A sign in his office recalls an African proverb: "A good deed is something one returns." It's a message Mengistu has taken to heart in a big way.

His work has stretched across Africa, but he has repeatedly returned to Ethiopia, sometimes engaging with leaders of rival factions, to train the civil service, help launch the country's first doctoral program in public policy, and teach conflict resolution - one of his specialties - to judges. ... Read More