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Rising contemporary Jamaican reggae star Protoje, born Oje Ken Ollivierre, first gained notice with his hip hop-influenced mixtape Lyrical Overdose released in 2005.

Negeri Lencho (PhD) is Minister of Government Communications Affairs Office (GCAO) and member of the newly put together, academia-dominated cabinet of Prime Minister Hailemairam Dessalegn. 

Ilona Daniel is a well-known chef from Prince Edward Island, Canada. She received a surprise invitation from Canadian ambassador in Ethiopia, Philip Baker, to come to Ethiopia and showcase the best of Canada at a celebration marking the 150th anniversary of Canada. She was glad she accepted as it became a “life changing” experience for her. 

Doris Long is professor emeritus at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. An expert on international intellectual property law, she has given talks on intellectual property rights, e-commerce, culture, and technology at conferences in 26 countries around the world.

Abdul Mohammed is founding member of the InterAfrica Group, Inter-Africa Group - Centre for Dialogue on HumanitarianPeace and Development Issues in the Horn of Africa, an organization which had played a key role in facilitating political dialogue and debate forums in run up to the 2005 General Elections. Abdul also served as its executive director for a number of years

Yeshiwas Assefa is the president of Blue Party, one of the major opposition political parties in Ethiopia and main contenders in the 2015 General Elections.

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