Bachelor, Voronezh State University, Russia, 1996. Master of Arts, Voronezh State University, Russia, 1997. Doctor of Philosophy, Peoples' Friendship University Russia, 2001.
Eligibility officer United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Moscow, 2002—2005. Instructor Metropolitan State College Denver, since 2006. Expert African immigration matters Immigration Court, Denver, since 2007.
Married Irina Mikhailovna Knizhnik, January 27, 2000. Married Nigist Mane Tegene, 1984 (divorced 1998). Children: Mikhail Kebede, Abadula Kebede Gobena, Alexander Kebede, Jirena Kebede Gobena.