David H. Shinn, PhD

“Serving as U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia from 1996 to 1999, I was present at the creation of People to People. Dr. Enawgaw Mehari visited the American embassy in Addis Ababa one day and asked my advice on establishing such an organization. I encouraged him to pursue the idea and, after my retirement from the U.S. Department of State, associated myself with People to People as an unofficial adviser. I was also privileged to accompany several People to People delegations to Ethiopia. I have watched it grow from a very small organization to a significant one that is now widely known and respected in the region. The credit goes to Dr. Enawgaw and the many volunteers he has solicited over the past ten years to help expand its activities. I wish People to People even greater success over the next ten years in its efforts to make life better for people of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.”

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Adjunct Professor Elliott School of International Affairs George Washington University Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia
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