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Ethiopia Field Staff

Shoa Girma, Chief of Party, was Ethiopia country coordinator for NetMark/AED for four years. Before that, she managed and coordinated a UNDP-sponsored mass media campaign for HIV/AIDS prevention, identifying messaging, branding components, and community intervention activities. She has an MPH in international health and development from Tulane.

Berhanu Abebe, Community Mobilization Manager, was M&E coordinator for NetMark/ AED from 2005 to 2007. He was previously M&E coordinator for the emergency and recovery program of Save the Children/US. He has an MA in social work, a post-graduate diploma in NGO management, a diploma in management, and a BSC in animal science.

Lemlem Bezabeh, Assistant Finance and Administrative Manager, is on the grant management team concerned with community-based SBCC interventions for malaria prevention and control. Previously, she was finance/administrative assistant for NetMark/AED and program assistant for Save the Children/US in Ethiopia. She has also worked for other USAID-funded projects and private companies. Her BA is in foreign language and literature, with a minor in international relations.

Gashu Fente, M&E Advisor, was AED’s child survival and avian influenza program officer, a community mobilization officer with the Health Communication Partnership (HCP), assistant coordinator of the 2007 National Malaria Indicator Survey, and malaria consultant to the Global Fund. His over 16 years of professional experience includes service in the Ministry of Health as an expert in malaria and other vector-borne diseases. He has an MSc in entomology and BSc in biology.

Dilame Gebre, Senior Program Associate, has six years of experience in community development, including service as a community- based child development program expert with Development and Social Service Commission and a gender specialist with the UN Volunteers Programme. She is an MBA candidate and has a BA in psychology.

Duguma Gemossa, Senior Finance & Operations Manager, was chief accountant and country finance manager for Plan International/Ethiopia for 10 years, and has 10 more years of experience in budgeting, finance, and grants management and administration with various NGOs and government organizations. He holds a BA in accounting.

Henock Gezahegn, Project Director, has extensive senior management experience with Coca-Cola, Unilever, and Population Services International, including in child survival programs and social marketing of insecticide-treated bednets. He is an internationally accredited business advisor for the global initiative Creation of Entrepreneurs, Formation of Enterprises (CEFE), and has served as international juror for the biennial prize of Oklahoma University’s WaTER Center (Water Technologies for Emerging Regions). He has a degree in microbiology and an MA in rural development, and is studying business leadership at the University of South Africa.

Selam Girma, Grant and Procurement Officer, has been administrative and finance manager with a medical and pharmaceuticals company and worked in human resource management, finance, administration, and grant management for the Ethiopian Interfaith Forum. She has a BA in accounting and is working to qualify as a certified accountant.

Bayisa Urgessa Gurmu, Senior Training Manager, has been providing training and capacity building on RH, malaria, HIV and AIDS, youth RH rights, and other health-related issues for more than five years. Previously, he worked for the BBC World Service Trust Ethiopia as co-researcher and community-media training coordinator. He has a BA in sociology and social anthropology.

Getachew Kebede, Administrative and Finance Assistant, was previously an accountant for an importer and distributor of drugs and medical supplies; an administrative and finance manager for Ethioplants; an administrative and finance officer for Ezana Health College; and chief accountant for Yoly Hotel. He has a BA in accounting.

Fanna Minwuyelet, Communications Manager, was previously a program officer with JHU/CCP and a materials developer and administrative assistant with its AIDS Resource Center.  She has a degree in information sciences and an advanced diploma in commerce.