6 January, 2022

Commander Dr. Daniel Gebreegziabher Kebede

Cmdr. Dr. Daniel was born in Hagere Selam, Tembien Awraja of Tigray administrative region on February 17, 1971, G. C. He followed his elementary and high school education at the Atse Yohannes IV School, Mekelle. Soon after, he joined the armed struggle against the Derg regime at a young age.

As of 1991, he served the Ethiopian government and people in different capacities. He spent most of his career as a policeman, with roles spanning from the chief of police stations to becoming part of the senior leadership of the Addis Ababa Police Commission. He was promoted to the rank of Commander by the Commission in 2004.  After leaving the Addis Ababa Police Commission, he served Addis Ababa University as Director-General for Safety, Security, and Standards in 2010.

While working in the above-listed institutions and positions, he managed to pursue his higher education. He received his first degrees in Accounting and Law from Civil Service University and Addis Ababa University. He then went on to receive his MBA from Addis Ababa University and his doctoral degree in Peace and Security Studies from the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, IPSS.

A few months after completing his Ph.D. studies, he joined the IPSS at the rank of Assistant Professor in October 2017. He was working at this position, in addition to serving as Academic Coordinator to the Joint MA and Ph.D. The program which IPSS runs with the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI) of the University of Leipzig, Germany until his untimely death on 1 January 2022.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer while he was on a research stay at the University of Leipzig in December 2021. He had to cut his writing and publication plans short, and fly back to spend his last days surrounded by family and friends on 18 December 2021.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters, and one grandson.

The IPSS community expresses its deepest sorrow on the untimely death of ever committed and rigorous colleague Commander Doctor Daniel Gebreegziabher. Our prayers and sincere condolences go out to his beloved family.

May his soul rest in peace.