Meet the Board
Anteneh Roba, MD - IFA Co- Founder, President and Board Member. Currently a part-time certified emergency-room physician since 1988. My first initiation in to the world of compassion and suffering stared in 2003 when I returned to my motherland, Ethiopia. There, I saw babies dying of diseases that were treatable and preventable. I saw animals being needlessly tortured, as they are elsewhere. I saw homeless little children sleeping on concrete. When I returned to the United States, I realized what my mission was in life, and the idea of the International Fund for Africa was born, in memory of my mother, Amsale Gessesse who died in 1961.
My extra-professional activities include promoting a vegan diet, working with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and animal protection.
Seble Nebiyeloul, M.H.A. - IFA Co- Founder and Country Director. Coming from a Third World country, I am sensitive to the plight of poor people. My concern over high child mortality rates and the burden of disease due to preventable causes led me to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Allied Health with a minor in psychology and then a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration.
I am a true believer that one is never given a dream without also being given the power to make it come true. I am committed to bringing about the change I want to see by using my leadership skills to improve and develop equitable, effective strategies that address complex and interrelated health care issues in Africa. I am dedicated to alleviating the suffering of humans and animals.
Melanie Blake – IFA Board Member. As an immigrant from South Africa, I have experienced my own hardships in life and know what it is like to lack basic necessities. Therefore I am very much aware that one person or organization can change a person’s life forever. My goal in life is to make a difference and spread compassion around the world for humans and animals alike. Therefore I am currently working on a project that will instill these ideas in young children and make them more aware of the world around them.