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Food is a basic human right, yet too many people are trapped in a cycle of hunger by systemic forces beyond their immediate control. In the season focused on food, gratitude and coming to the table, we feature stories that touch on the same themes in a much different light. Meet Mercy Corps South Sudan Program Manager Tefera Habteyes and food security expert Marilyn Shapley when they share their stories about how Mercy Corps works to improve community health around the world, so that children and their families can overcome hunger and build stronger, healthier lives.
About the Speakers
Tefera Habteyes is currently working with Mercy Corps South Sudan as a Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program Manager. Habteyes has worked in several countries within Africa and Asia over the past 15 years such as Ethiopia, his place of birth, and the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda struck the region. After receiving a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from University of Gondor, Ethiopia, Habteyes' experience has since given him a deep understanding of working with people in emergency situations.
Marilyn Shapley recently joined Mercy Corps as a Senior Policy Advisor working on food security and resilience. Before Mercy Corps, she worked at InterAction as the Policy & Advocacy Manager supporting the Food Security & Agriculture Working Group. Prior to InterAction, Marilyn spent time at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and also worked more than four years in the office of Rep. Dennis Cardoza. As a Congressional aide she handled a legislative portfolio that included foreign affairs, labor, education, and appropriations issues. She holds a M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego.