Engda Wubneh

Maryland School of Public Policy
Class of 2016


Engda Wubneh is entering her second year as a Master’s student specializing in International Security and Economic Policy and International Development at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. In her first year at Maryland, she was a graduate research assistant focusing on transitional justice, rule of law, and anti-corruption issues; she interned at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management and was a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations recipient. Ms. Wubneh will be spending the summer of 2015 interning at the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) in the J9 Partnering Directorate in Miami, FL and at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement in Washington DC.

Prior to starting her graduate studies, Wubneh served as a Staff Assistant in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in support of the Assistant Secretary and other senior officials. Overall, she worked at the U.S. Department of State in a variety of capacities for six years focusing primarily on South Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. She provided strategic planning and operational support to Washington DC-based teams and teams in the field dealing with stabilization and reconstruction programs. From 2010-2011, she served in Afghanistan covering the country’s parliamentary elections at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and was also embedded in the Ministry of Finance assisting the government in the implementation of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy.

Ms. Wubneh received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and grew up in Greenville, North Carolina.