| Ethiopian American|
| Samuel Gebru|
| November 20, 1991 (age 24) (1991-11-20) Khartoum, Sudan|
Ethiopian Orthodox Church
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Ethiopian Global Initiative
Samuel Gebru Wikipedia
Samuel Michael Gebru (Amharic: ሳሙኤል ሚካኤል ገብሩ) (born November 20, 1991) is an Ethiopian American social entrepreneur, community organizer and consultant.
Samuel was born at the Palestine Hospital in Khartoum, Sudan. Samuel's parents are both Ethiopian with his father from Wukro, Tigray and his mother from Hawzen, Tigray.
He earned his High School Diploma from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. In 2007, Samuel founded his high school's student newscast, Youth View Cambridge, and served as its first Executive Producer.
Samuel has been recognized as a young leader in Ethiopia and the United States. He has worked with and consulted for various local political campaigns.
Samuel is the founder and former Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Global Initiative (EGI). He founded EGI in 2006 as a 14-year-old student and led its development and growth until 2016. Based in the U.S., the nonprofit convened change makers in Ethiopia and abroad. The Initiative’s mission was to serve as a catalyst and connector, working to create an environment where passionate and innovative young leaders could discuss and seek solutions to Ethiopia’s most pressing challenges.
After watching the 2004 Oprah Winfrey Show program on fistula in Ethiopia and the work of Dr. Catherine Hamlin, Samuel was motivated to organize youth and raise funds for the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. At age 13, he convened a meeting of 13 Ethiopian American youth in Boston and discussed how they could support the hospital. The group was known as the "Ethiopian Team." The project’s 13 members raised funds to sponsor 11 women for obstetric fistula repair surgery. On October 22, 2006, the Ethiopian American Youth Initiative was formed as a successor to the Ethiopian Team.
Under Samuel's direction, the Ethiopian American Youth Initiative embarked on a national expansion on August 16, 2007, recruiting members throughout the United States. On February 12, 2010, the organization opened its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After the 2010 Ethiopian American Youth Initiative Conference in Washington, D.C., the organization changed its name to the Ethiopian Global Initiative and launched operations internationally.
Samuel resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is Ethiopian Orthodox Christian and multilingual.