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Watchdog role of the press

Kevin Z. Smith has more than two decades of newsroom and teaching experience in journalism when he assumed his new role as deputy director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at The Ohio State University.

Century-old ties

Ambassador Raphael Morav is a career diplomat who has served Israel for the past 30 years on the diplomatic front. He is now assigned to serve as the Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia, Burundi, and Rwanda residing in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is Morav’s second assignment in the African continent next to Liberia.

Incubating innovators

Markos Lemma is the founder of iceaddis, Ethiopia’s first innovation hub that works with young people to support them realize their entrepreneur dream. According to him, iceaddis is designed to foster innovation, the connection of great minds and help create collaboration. Here he reflects with The Reporter’s Samuel Getachew on his innovative enterprise, its challenges and highlights and reflects on his experience traveling the world and discovering why the world is becoming one big village.

Giant benefits of nanotech

Nanotechnology or Nano, as it is affectionately called among the researchers circle, is quite a new concept on the scientific arena. Though still too infant, the subject already has both opponents and proponents. Researchers in the Nano world hope that there will be a paradigm change from the field extending to the extent of ending death itself.

Narrowing the health care gap

Nick Krayacich (MD) was recently in Ethiopia leading a delegation of American and Canadian medical professionals and members of a Rotary Club to help build a hospital in Debre Birhan, Amhara Regional State. With a generous donation of an American who donated more than USD 500 thousand, the hospital is to be the first of its kind in the region.

Budding friendship

Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov made an official and historic visit of Ethiopia last month. Highlighting the visit President Mulatu Teshome (PhD) underscored the “importance of the development relations between (Ethiopia and Azerbaijan) and underline the significance of increasing of efforts to bring bilateral cooperation to a higher level”.

The executive that values virtuosity

Diageo, the owner of internationally renowned brands such as Johnnie Walker, Bailey’s and Smirnoff, among many others, just turned 20. It was back in 2012 that the multibillion dollar global conglomerate decided to have a strong presence in Ethiopia by wholly acquiring the now 50-year-old Meta Abo Brewery from the then Privatization and Public Enterprises Supervising Agency at a handsome fee of USD 225 million – a record fee at the time. After five years of operations and a whopping USD 100 million expansion, Diageo is thriving in Ethiopia.

A worthy cause for public benefit

Sandra Vitale lost her beloved son in 2009 as a result of a car accident. The unanticipated misfortune led her to turn to a new mission of becoming an advocate for road safety within Ethiopia – a country that has pressing issues with recurrent traffic accidents. In this week’s edition, she shares with Samuel Getachew of The Reporter about losing her son, her advocacy work and reflects on what she is doing to help a major problem in the nation. Excerpts:

The rising filmmaker

The acclaimed Ethiopian - American film, Guzo B’ Lambadina is to have its premier in Addis Ababa on Saturday, December 23 at Vamdas Theatre, around 22 area, and to wider audiences the day before. The film that is based loosely based on a true story has been touring festivals around the world and winning its director Messay Getahun recognition and audiences.

Growing together

Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh is the Djiboutian Minister of Economy and Finance. He is an outspoken official who emphasizes on the work that needs to be done for the common benefit of countries in the region and their people. He believes that the development of Ethiopia is also the development of Djibouti.