Yikealo Beyene, originally from Eritrea, was a refugee in Israel for eight years. He graduated high school; won a national prize for outstanding students, and earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Organizational Behavior and Development from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.
He was active in the asylum seeker and refugee community, developing an after-school program for children of asylum seekers; co-founded an association for social change; initiated Bicicletta TLV and "Injera Farming"; worked for the African Refugees Development Center (ARDC) as a community organizer and trained community leaders on non-violent movement.
Yikealo moved to the United States in 2016 on a family unification visa to join his wife. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington and plays an active role in the Eritrean community.