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Mr. Debebe currently works as a legal consultant and advisor. His clients have included many corporations and nations such as the Grecian Embassy, Dutch Embassy, SNV Ethiopia, Development Alternatives Inc (DAI), China Railway Construction Group, and many others. He has also helped facilitate the registration of several international organizations to operate in Ethiopia including the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a USA based NGO; Digital Green, a USA based NGO; CEFA, an Italy based NGO; Reach for Change, a Swedish NGO; Life and Peace Institute, a Swedish NGO; Oxfam International, a UK based NGO; Arthur Best, a Dubai based private company; AKTOR Technical Société; and Experience Clothing, a UK based private company. Prior to Mr. Debebe’s work as a legal consultant, he was a program analyst for UNDP Ethiopia, and an Executive Director for Action Professionals’ Association for the People (National Human Rights Organization). Most notably, he served as a judge on the Federal High Court of Ethiopia for eight years. He has also taught several courses at Addis Ababa University, St. Mary’s College Law School, and the Ethiopian Civil Service College. Mr. Debebe has been actively involved in many national research efforts. Along with another expert, he developed a national Civic Engagement Policy commissioned by UNDP Ethiopia and the Prime Minister’s Office. Mr. Debebe served as the Chairperson of the legal team under the Attorney General Office in charge of reviewing the Ethiopian civil society law. He has conducted policy and legal mapping on Better Migration Management for IOM Ethiopia; conducted an assessment of Women Rights Organizations in Ethiopia for the Canadian Embassy in Ethiopia; conducted mid-term evaluations of USAID Human Rights Program with Justice for All; conducted an assessment of local economic governance for UNDP Ethiopia; prepared Sub-Saharan African NGOs Sustainability Index from 2009 to 2016; and actively led many other high impact research tasks. In addition to Mr. Debebe’s many other roles, he has served as the President of the Ethiopian Bar Association, a board member for New Hope for Disabled Children, and he was a founding member of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders. He has published numerous articles including “Ensuring Fundamental Rights: the Right to Food, Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and Reproductive Rights,” “The Role of the Media and Civil Society Organizations in Promoting Democracy and Good Governance,” “Roles and Administration of Professionals’ Association,” “Comparative Country Studies on Restrictions of Foreign Funding to CSOs: the Case of Ethiopia,” and a research paper on laws and regulations governing civil society organizations in Ethiopia.