headshot of Kidist Wodajo as she smiles to the camera. She wears a yellow blouse and her long dark hair is styled in long braids.

Kidist Wodajo is an accomplished medical expert and nutritionist with over nine years of professional experience in healthcare and leadership management. Since May 2016, Kidist has worked for the Ethiopian Athletics Federation as a senior athletics medical expert, anti-doping focal person, and sports nutritionist. She has led educational programs and consultation services for Ethiopian athletes with a particular focus on topics related to anti-doping, nutrition, and prevention of sports injuries. Kidist has earned recognition from World Athletics for her anti-doping work, and from the African Athletic Development Center in Kenya for being one of the inspiring East African women in sports leadership in 2018. Kidist has maintained her passion for encouraging athletes, particularly women, to work hard and succeed, including mentoring women in sports to develop leadership skills. She also enjoys volunteering with elderly patients in the hospital and community who have low socioeconomic status, and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Kidist will work to support the development of doping-free athletics and to design national sports nutritional and anti-doping programs for athletes, with a special focus on female athletes.

Last updated: 2021


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