With a Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism and professional qualifications in journalism and strategic communication, Mikias Sissay is a communications specialist, researcher, and writer.
He has close to 20 years of international work experience in the United Nations, the African Union Commission, and the World Bank Group among others. He is skilled in communication, research and analysis.
Mikias started his career in public information as an assistant producer with UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and has worked in several human rights, agriculture, food security, health, and development globally with a focus on Africa.
In addition to being a seasoned communicator, Mikias has written articles and academic papers on communication, developed many communication and media materials, not to mention the book he published: “Effectiveness of a communication Strategy: The Case of African Shared Values”. Furthermore, he has planed and lead the implementation of a number of high-level regional communication activates such as: the African Shared Values Campaign (African Union), Africa UNiTE to End Violence Against Women And Girls (UNWOMEN), and International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (WHO), the AU summit, and global/regional conferences. Recently, he was recognized as the top regional communication specialists at the African Communication Week (2018) on the occasion of Africa Day. Mikias is further known for his voluntary services in many human rights campaigns – the Right to Education – and services such as mentoring young adults in their academic and professional paths as part of the Global Thinkers Forum.
His areas of content knowledge lie in media outreach, public relations, public health, community dialogue, behaviour change communication, peace and security, and international relations. Currently, he works as Regional Expert for Africa Supporting Silencing the Guns by 2020 in Africa campaign at the African Union Commission.