Dr. Mehret Mandefro

Dr. Mehret Mandefro is an Emmy-nominated producer, writer, and entrepreneur recognized for her outstanding contributions to the creative arts. With a passion for using storytelling to transform culture and amplify social impact, she has earned a place on Variety’s list of the most influential women in global entertainment. Mehret’s unique background in Medicine and Anthropology from Harvard University forms the bedrock of her approach to filmmaking, marked by the founding of Truth Aid Media in 2008. She aptly describes her work as “audiovisual medicine.”

Beyond her impressive credits, including Sundance and Berlinale Audience Award-winner “Difret” and the New York Times Critic’s Pick “Little White Lie,” Mehret’s impact extends to her role as Executive Producer of Kana Television in Ethiopia, a subsidiary later acquired by Canal+. Her latest venture, TBTM Studios, based in Dubai, showcases a diverse slate of documentary and scripted projects featuring some of Africa’s most prominent voices. Mehret’s TED talk on the creative industry’s impact on economic growth in Africa has garnered widespread recognition. Her extensive educational journey, encompassing degrees from Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Temple University, solidifies her status as a dynamic leader and influencer in the world of media and social change.