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Yodit Beyene

Associate Director, Growth Portfolio & Accelerator

Supporting and scaling social enterprises.

Yodit Beyene, Associate Director of Growth Portfolio & Accelerator, provides strategic oversight to the REDF Accelerator program and business advisory services and operational guidance to REDF portfolio partners. Yodit is also growing REDF’s knowledge-base and strengthening networks to support social enterprises as they strive to scale.

Prior to joining REDF, Yodit was the Deputy Director of the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Office of the Institute of International Education (IIE) where she managed business development and building client relationships across the continent of Africa. Most recently, Yodit worked in corporate finance at Delta Airlines.

Yodit earned a MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, a M.A. in International Development Studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Economics from University of Texas at Austin. Yodit also cultivates her far-reaching passion for social impact outside of work by helping small business owners in gentrifying areas improve their business operations so they can retain and grow their businesses. In her free time she enjoys dancing, especially Salsa, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango.