Irish Aid is no stranger to Ethiopia, made famous during the Ethiopian famine of 1984 and the efforts of the likes of Sir Bob Gedloff and friends. Since then, Ireland has been richly involved in Ethiopia, in areas of aid and on the changing landscape of the nation.
Joel Mekonnen is the great-grandson of Emperor Haile-Selassie I. The newly minted lawyer from Washington DC’s Howard University, Joel has had a busy year, including his marriage which was highlighted, among others, in the New York Times and Vogue magazine.
Bereket Simon, a veteran politician, was former Communications Minister of Ethiopia and Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He has been a significant force in Ethiopian politics specifically after the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front took power back in 1991.
David Desta is the assistant director of Operations and Business Analytics with Kuriftu Resort. The Cornell University graduate in Hotel Administration reflects with The Reporter’s Samuel Getachew on the highlights of working in the local hospitality industry, on his vision on how local destinations can best be promoted locally and offers his take on how the new leadership of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO) can harness their potential.
Georgia White is the Research and Policy Associate with AIDS-Free World. An experienced social justice advocate, she has a rich experience in areas such as justice, domestic violence and child welfare reforms, most recently having a role in the establishment of Australia’s Royal Commission on family violence.
Melaku Fenta is the former director general of the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) whose high-powered career abruptly ended five years ago in relation to a high-profile corruption case.