Pnina Tamano-Shata

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Pnina Tamano-Shata
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Date of birth (1981-11-01) 1 November 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth Wuzaba, Ethiopia
Year of aliyah 1984
Knessets 19
Party represented in Knesset
2013– Yesh Atid

Pnina Tamano-Shata (Hebrew: פנינה תמנו-שטה‎, born 1 November 1981) is an Israeli lawyer, journalist and politician. A member of Yesh Atid, she was placed fourteenth on the party's list for the 2013 Knesset elections.[1] As the party won 19 seats, she became the first Ethiopian-born woman to hold a Knesset seat.[2]


Born in Wuzaba, Tamano-Shata immigrated from Ethiopia to Israel at the age of three.[2] She studied law at Ono Academic College, and became Deputy Chairman of the national Ethiopian Student Association.[3] She worked from 2007 to 2012 as a reporter for Channel 1.[4]


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

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