Abere Dessie is currently an MPH student at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia, anticipating graduation in 2011. Abere has a Sociology degree and Nursing degree, from the University of Gondar. He has completed specialized training in HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases. In February 2011, Abere received the SCOPE fellowship along with SCOPE fellows, Meheret Endeshaw and Sophia Teshome.
Prior to his work with SCOPE, Abere worked as a medical ward nurse and joined the CHRONIC ILLNESS PROJECT working on diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, epilepsy, TB and liver diseases. His roles included project coordinator, training coordinator and trainer, field nurse and co-researcher. As co-researcher he worked with Dr Shitaye and others from the UK on epilepsy and diabetes mellitus, publishing four papers.
Abere speaks Amharic and is fluent in English.