Dr. Yewelsew Abebe has fulfilled many roles, including teaching, research, program development, leading, and community service. She has worked at Hawassa University in the southern part of Ethiopia as the Department Chairperson for the Rural Development and Family Sciences, Dean for the College of Agriculture, and the Associate Vice President for the University’s Research and Extension program. Recently, she worked as the National Program Manager for the Food and Nutrition Security project under the FAO, Ethiopia.
Azeb Aberra has more than 23 years of work experience working as as an invoice clerk, store keeper, and sales supervisor. She worked at the Misrak flour and bread factory for 16 years and for the General Service Office at the World Health Organization for three years.
Tigabu Negash is an environmental health professional with more than 13 years of experience working in the Ethiopian public health system at the woreda, zonal, and regional levels. Previously, he worked at South Wollo Zonal Health Department as an environmental health officer, M&E officer, and HIV/AIDS prevention and control officer. He also served as the woreda reproductive health coordinator at the Packard Foundation Reproductive Health project and PMTCT regional coordinator with JSI/AIDSTAR-One Ethiopia in the Amhara region. In addition, he worked at a South Sudanese refugee camp, Gambella, as WASH officer with the Lutheran World Federation’s Department for World Service. He has a Master of Public Health in reproductive health and child health.
Samuel Asfaw is manages finance and operations for Alive & Thrive Ethiopia. . He has over 17 years of experience in accounting and financial management at nongovernmental organizations. He worked for Fida International for over 10 years as accountant, finance head, and finance and administration head. As administration and finance manager for the AED/LINKAGES project, he was responsible for office setup, recruitment, and project close-out. Samuel also worked as finance and administration director for Prison Fellowship Ethiopia and as finance and operations manager for EngenderHeatlh Ethiopia.
Ayele Bekele has over ten years’ experience working in government and non-governmental organizations. He worked as a loan distribution and collection officer in the Bureau of Micro & Small Scale Enterprise Office at Woreda level, and as a teacher at Hossaina TVET College. He also worked for World Vision International Ethiopia for over seven years as an accountant, finance officer, support services coordinator, and procurement officer, where he managed financial transactions, administrative, and procurement related activities.
Desta Kebede has 17 years of experience in SBCC. Since 2004, he has managed social and behavior change programs ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention to reproductive health for AED and FHI 360. Desta has overseen large-scale training and capacity building of partners (governments and NGOs), and has worked with communities in leading the development of curriculum and proven SBCC materials. Desta is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sociology.
Chaltu Lencho has more than 22 years of experience in international health, including working as an office assistant at UNICEF for 14 years and at WHO for three years. She has been working with Alive & Thrive Ethiopia since 2012.
Sintayehu Mekonnen has 19 years of experience working in government and the Embassy of Ireland (Irish Aid). He worked as a budget and disbursement expert in the Bureau of Finance and Economic Development and as finance head, and auditor for the Sector Offices supported by Irish Aid, during the Area Based Program with Embassy of Ireland/Irish Aid – Tigray Liaison Office. Sintayehu also worked as finance and administrative officer in the Budget Support Program of Irish Aid. He joined Alive & Thrive in 2010.
Yonas Tafesse has over 20 years of experience in research, planning, monitoring and evaluation, and leadership. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, he was monitoring and evaluation director with Washington University International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) Ethiopia. From 1995 to 2009, he worked with the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI) as plan, finance, monitoring and evaluation directorate director, and as plan and program department head and researcher (in the area of Nutrition). He also served the Ethiopian Nutrition Institute (ENI) as assistant project officer and project officer.
Tezera Tadele has more than 15 years of experience working in Ethiopia’s public health system. With a background in nursing, Tezera has worked as a nurse mentor providing technical support and coaching to health care providers working in tuberculosis, HIV, and other subjects. Prior to joining A&T, Tezera worked as a monitoring and evaluation coordinator for ITECH Ethiopia and ICAP Ethiopia.
Tamirat has over 10 years of experience in the areas of health and nutrition. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as a social and behavior change specialist with the International Medical Corps for USAID’s Livestock Market Development project. He has also worked as an IYCF coordinator with World Vision Ethiopia. Tamirat has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Bachelor’s of Sciences in Nursing.
Gashaw Kindie is an experienced driver who has worked with a variety of organizations including Ameko Tour and Travel for UNICEF, Bahirdar Town Taxi, and National Engineering. Gashaw Joined Alive and Thrive Ethiopia in 2012.
Tewodros has more than 10 years of experience in research, monitoring, evaluation, and knowledge Management. Prior to joining A&T, Tewodros was working for Oxfam Intermon as the Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor on projects dealing with food security, livelihood, and WASH. Prior to Oxfam, Tewodros provided monitoring and evaluation leadership for numerous nongovernmental organizations on various health related projects, including Westat Inc., Engender Health, and JSI. Tewodros has also worked as a Researcher and Statistician in the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia.