Meskerem Assegued is a curator, anthropologist and writer. In 2002, she founded ZCAC (Zoma Contemporary Art Center), an artist residency located in Addis Ababa and Harla, a small village south of Dire Dawa. Since 1998, Assegued has curated numerous exhibitions, both in Ethiopia and abroad. She was a member of the selection committees for the Dak’Art Biennale (2004), Venice Biennale African Pavilion (2007) and Spier Contemporary (2010).
Meskerem has organized several workshops at ZCAC including International Association of Art Critics (AICA) (2006) and Independent Curators Intensive (ICI) (2014). In 2014 she was a fellow of International Curatorial Institute at the Museum of Modern Art with Colombia Business School. She lectured at Tate Modern (2010) and at the Royal Ontario Museum (2014). Publications include Diving For Honey (2001); Introducing Mulatu Astatke: The Making of Ethio-Jazz (2009); Zerihun Yetmgeta, the Magic Universe of Art (2008), Curvature of Events catalogue (2014) amongst others. Meskerem is currently constructing an artistic environmental building with Elias Sime for the BMNP Visitors Center in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia.