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Aida Ashenafi, film director, producer and editor, has been working in New York, United States, for six years, and moved to Ethiopia in 2000.

Takao Seki is the director-general of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Ethiopia office. JETRO is a powerful organization Japanese investors rely on for well-informed decision-making.

Lidetu Ayalew, the founder and the longest-serving president of Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), rose to prominence in Ethiopia’s opposition politics during the highly contested 2005 general elections.

Cirino Hiteng Ofuho (PhD) is a South Sudanese national born in old Torit district of Eastern Equatoria State and a cadre of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), whose arms wing is the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), which is responsible for the freedom of South Sudan. Ofuho worked closely with Chairman John Garang de Mabior, founding father of the Republic of South Sudan in various

Wondwossen Kassie is a notable Ethiopian businessman in the East Africa Region and the man behind Nahoo TV Network, one of the few recently emerged private TV network channels in Ethiopia.  Apart from that, he owns a nightclub in Mombasa, Kenya and is also engaged in different types of business in the same country. Wondwossen first arrived in Kenya in 1991 and stayed there for five years before making his way to Australia where he worked for some ten years. Service is a bit of a passion for Wondwossen and in Australia he owned restaurants and coffee shops before finally returning to Africa. Now he is living in Mombasa where he is engaged in different kinds of business. He says he aspires to open a sport academy in his home country,  Ethiopia, some day. Nahom Tesfaye of The Reporter caught up with Wondwossen in Kenya recently where they sat down for a brief interview at Sheba Lounge located in Mombassa and discussed the latter’s life and business ambitions. Excerpts:

Tewodros Mebrahtu has accumulated invaluable expertise in the ICT sector abroad for close to two decade; particularly in the U.S. He was responsible for software production lines, solution lines and was in charge of addressing enterprise level performance and development issues.

Fred Oladeinde serves as president of the Foundation for Democracy in Africa; a Washington DC-based non-profit organization steadfastly promoting participatory democracy, sustainable development and economic growth in Africa.