Welcome ICHAD Coordinator Bethel Mandefro

We are pleased to welcome ICHAD Coordinator Bethel Mandefro who recently transitioned to our team after serving as the Washington University’s Africa Initiative Coordinator since November 2019.  Bethel previously served as the Program Coordinator and Office Manager of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law, a rule of law research center she joined in 2011 after obtaining her Masters in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. Her directed research project for her Masters theses focused on the impact of government policies in improving access to clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa. Bethel previously worked as an export logistics coordinator at BDP International in Philadelphia and holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, with a minor in Spanish.  An avid traveler, Bethel has visited more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North, Central, and South America. Bethel is born in Ethiopia and lives in St. Louis with her husband and four young daughters. Bethel is a great addition to the ICHAD team!