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Haddis Desta Tadesse is the director for Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he leads the team which oversees partnerships across the region and investments in Ethiopia’s agricultural development, health, financial services, water and sanitation, nutrition and emergency relief by managing programs and building diplomatic relations with key partners and stakeholders, including governments, AU and UN officials, donors, private sector decision-makers, NGOs and members of the press.

Ethiopia is one of the countries in the world with more than three million of its citizens residing in foreign land. From the neighboring Gulf region to places as far as Australia, Asia and the entire western hemisphere, Ethiopians have conquered many places. Just as their numbers Ethiopians in the diaspora are quite diverse in their views; politics looks to be the biggest divisive issue. 

Prior to being appointed ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the US recently, Kassa Teklebirhan served as minister for federal and pastoral development affairs for the past two years.

Solomon Zewdu (MD) is the Health and Nutrition Development Lead with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Ethiopia.

Direh Ali, Djibouti national and CEO of Alvima Import, Export and Manufacturing PLC, has inaugurated a factory in Adama last week. 

Leland Melvin is former US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut, who served as a mission specialist for two flights aboard space shuttle the Atlantis. 

Peter Brown is Director General of the British Council in Ethiopia and Regional Strategic Lead Child Protection. Prior to taking the Director position in September 2016, Peter led the British council in Uganda, Venezuela, Rio de Janeiro and Mozambique for over 11 years. 

Masaaki Miyamoto has been serving as chief executive officer of the Sasakawa Africa Association, which is also known as Sasakawa Global 2000, one of the first NGOs that came to Africa to mitigate the effects of disease and famine.