Director, Network for the Advancement of Black Communities (York University) and Principal of Aman Consulting
Amanuel Melles (Aman) brings more than 24 years of management and senior management experience in various sub-sectors of the non-profit sector: settlement and immigration, community health, social services and community development, and funding & sector capacity. Aman was on the Senior Management Team at United Way Toronto and the Director of Programs & Capacity Building where he led the development of the Organizational Capacity Building Unit and was responsible for leading the introduction of several innovative and creative leadership, capacity building, evaluation and granting programs aimed at building various capacities of non-profit agencies and communities in Toronto. Prior to his role at UWT, Aman held various roles at OCASI, Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre and Family Service Toronto.
Over the years, Aman has contributed to the vibrancy of the non-profit sector and communities as a Board member, executive officer and civic leader: Distress Centres Toronto (Board member), Social Planning Toronto (VP), Ontario Council for International Cooperation (Board member), Inclusive Cities Canada’s Toronto Civic Panel (Co-Chair), Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs (President), African Canadian Social Development Council (Founding President), and InterChange Community-Based Peacebuilding Institute (President), African Canadian Mental Health Support Network (Founder). Currently, Aman sits on the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit’s, City of Toronto, Partnership and Accountability Circle, volunteers as President of the InterChange Community-Based Peacebuilding Institute, and chairs the Peace Leadership Member Community at the International Leadership Association.
Aman is the recipient of the Jane Jacobs Prize, the New Pioneers Award and the African Community Leadership Award. As a former marine ecologist, Aman often brings, with joy, ecosystem and systems thinking to his work with leaders, organizations and communities.