Pnina Tamano-Shata

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Pnina Tamano-Shata
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Date of birth (1981-11-01) 1 November 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Wuzaba, Ethiopia
Year of aliyah 1984
Knessets 19
Faction represented in Knesset
2013–2015 Yesh Atid

Pnina Tamano-Shata (Hebrew: פנינה תמנו-שטה‎, born 1 November 1981) is an Israeli lawyer, journalist and politician. She served as a member of the Knesset for Yesh Atid between 2013 and 2015, and was the first Ethiopian-born woman to hold a Knesset seat.[1]


Born in Wuzaba, Tamano-Shata immigrated from Ethiopia to Israel at the age of three.[1] She studied law at Ono Academic College, and became Deputy Chairman of the national Ethiopian Student Association.[2] She worked from 2007 to 2012 as a reporter for Channel 1.[3]

Prior to the 2013 Knesset elections she joined the new Yesh Atid party. Placed fourteenth on the party's list,[4] she became a Knesset member as the party won 19 seats. She was placed thirteenth on the party's list for the 2015 elections,[5] but lost her seat as the party was reduced to 11 seats.


  1. ^ a b All the kingmaker’s men, and women Times of Israel, 23 January 2013
  2. ^ The people we help: Pnina Jewish Community Federation
  3. ^ Pnina Tamano-Shata : 1st female Ethiopian Israeli to make her way FJN, 23 January 2013
  4. ^ Yesh Atid Central Elections Committee
  5. ^ Yesh Atid list Central Elections Committee

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