MK Dr. Avraham Neguisse was born in Ethiopia and immigrated to Israel in 1985. Dr. Neguisse currently serves as Chairman for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, Chairman of the Israel-Africa Relations Caucus, and Chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Associations of Israel with Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, and Ivory Coast. Throughout his career, Dr. Neguisse has helped develop and implement programs in education, youth at risk, community building, leadership development, and social support on behalf of the Ethiopian community in Israel. This includes his work as Founder and Director of Mi Kanaff Darom LeTzion, the Association for the ingathering and absorption of Ethiopian Jewry in Israel. In this role, Dr. Neguisse led a public campaign, which succeeded in reversing Israeli government policy and bringing 55,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
Dr. Neguisse continues to act as a champion for the Ethiopian community. He is an active political figure, currently serving as a Member of Knesset in the Likud party, and having served as the Chairman of the Likud Party Jerusalem Branch from 2012-2015. Dr. Neguisse completed a B.A. and M.A. in Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Masters degree in Business Management at the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, a PhD in Education at the University of Sussex in the U.K., and a Law degree at the Sha’aray Mishpat Academic Center.