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George Okutho is director of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Country Office in Addis Ababa responsible for five counties, namely: Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, South Sudan and Sudan. 

Wubalem Fekade (PhD) is head of the Social Development and Communication Unit at the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) based in Addis Ababa. Wubalem holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics.

A household name at institutions of higher learning in Ethiopia, John Markakis, a Greek national, is a renowned political historian of Ethiopia. He received his BA in political science from Brooklyn College and his MA and PhD in government and African studies from Columbia University.

Elman T. Abdullayev is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The Republic of Azerbaijan to Addis Ababa and Permanent Representative to the African Union.

Getachew Belay (PhD) is a plant scientist who currently is a senior biotechnology policy advisor at the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA),

Kebour Ghenna is the founder and director of Initiative Africa, a non-governmental organization which strives to promote qualitative education in Ethiopia.