Dagmawit Girmay Berhane
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Dagmawit Girmay Berhane

Dagmawit Girmay Berhane
Member, International Olympic Committee

Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, an influential figure in both sports and advocacy, has earned a well-deserved spot in the 5th list of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2023 by Avance Media. With a remarkable career in sports administration and a commitment to health and sexual reproductive rights in developing countries, Mrs. Berhane stands as a trailblazer and an influential leader.


Dagmawit Girmay Berhane’s academic journey reflects her dedication to excellence. She holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Planning and Management from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, obtained in 2003. Her pursuit of knowledge continued with an Executive Masters in Management of Sport Organization (MEMOS VI) from Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2003-2004. Earlier, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Addis Ababa University (1997-2000) and a Diploma in Accounting from Addis Ababa University Commercial College (1993-1995).


Mrs. Berhane’s multifaceted career encompasses various sports and administrative roles. An accomplished athlete in athletics, basketball, and taekwondo, she transitioned into sports administration with significant contributions. Notably, she served as the Vice-President of the Ethiopian Martial Art Federation (1998-2000) and the General Secretary of the Ethiopian Sport For All Committee (1999-2002).


Her role as the President of the Ethiopian Badminton Federation (2000-2016) and Vice-President, Technical and Logistic Chair of the African Badminton Confederation (2002-2006) showcased her leadership in promoting sports at both national and continental levels. Mrs. Berhane’s impact extended globally, as she held the position of Vice-President of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) from 2013 to 2018.


Mrs. Berhane has played a pivotal role within the International Olympic Committee (IOC). She has been a dedicated member of various commissions, including Coordination for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014, Women and Sport, Nominations, IOC Members Election, Women in Sport, Finance, Coordination for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad Paris 2024, and Audit committee.


Her significant contributions have further extended to key positions within IOC, such as being a member of the IOC Advisory Committee on Human Rights since 2022. Currently, she is actively engaged in the Olympic Solidarity (2024-) and Coordination for the Games of the XXXV Olympiad Brisbane 2032.


Beyond her achievements in sports administration, Mrs. Dagmawit Girmay Berhane is recognized as an advocate for health and sexual reproductive health rights in developing countries. Her commitment to making a positive impact goes beyond the field of play, emphasizing the importance of holistic well-being.


Named in the 5th list of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2023, Mrs. Dagmawit Girmay Berhane’s remarkable journey in sports administration and advocacy has left an indelible mark. Her leadership roles, both nationally and internationally, showcase her dedication to fostering sports development and promoting essential societal values. As a beacon of inspiration, Mrs. Berhane continues to contribute significantly to the sports community and beyond, making her a deserving honoree on the prestigious list.

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