Engda Wubneh

Maryland School of Public Policy
Class of 2016


Engda Wubneh is a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  During her Master’s program, she did several internships at the State, Treasury and Defense Departments focusing on a number of issues to include economic sanctions, countering transnational organized crime, counternarcotics, law enforcement training, and counterterrorism.  Ms. Wubneh is the recipient of the Robertson Foundation for Government Fellowship and the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations.


Prior to graduate school, Ms. Wubneh worked for the State Department in a number of capacities to include supporting the Assistant Secretary and other senior officials on political-military issues.  She has provided strategic planning and operational support to Washington DC-based teams and teams in the field dealing with stabilization and reconstruction programs in conflict and post-conflict countries. 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 advising the government in the implementation of its Afghanistan National Development Strategy.


Ms. Wubneh graduated with a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.