About our Honoree: Awet Woldegebriel
Awet Woldegebriel came to the United States as a child refugee from Ethiopia, where his Eritrean family faced persecution during the Ethiopian-Eritrean War. In 2013, at age 20, he joined The Coca-Cola Company—as the youngest member of the 700-person People Function—and continued his studies full-time at Oglethorpe University, where he graduated in 2014.
In addition to his career as Training and Talent Development Manager for the Company’s University Talent Program, Awet is the founder and executive director of Knowledge Aid Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to fully furnish 300 libraries across the developing world and advance the education of 15 first-generation refugee college students by the year 2020. Thus far Knowledge Aid has sent over eight thousand books to Africa and South America, and has provided yearly scholarships to first generation refugee students globally.
Awet was recently named one of the “30 Under 30” of rising young business professionals in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He has also teamed up with local filmmakers and writers in chronicling the everyday life of Atlanta’s homeless population with “100 Cups 100 Stories” (100cups100stories.com).
Find more about Awet's foundation, Knowledge Aid, here.
You can also read our own interview and story with Awet, previously published on our web site, here.