Mahlet Ayele Beyecha is a trained Africanist-researcher on African and Middle Eastern studies. In April 2020 she launched Connect Africa, a social media platform to discuss social, economic and political issues of Africa to decolonize knowledge based on research. Her prior experiences include Liaison officer to the African Union, Pan African associate, communication (media analysis), event organizer (African cultural exchange) and director of the first pan-African youth organization. She has worked at various international organizations, including African Union, Oxfam Liaison office to the African Union, Oxfam UK and Global Educators For All Initiative. She holds a Research Masters in African Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands, MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel and BA in English and Literature from Addis Ababa University.