Advisory Board Council

Dr. Nathan Woods. PhD, MS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Nate holds a PhD from Antioch University as well as an MS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA both from Wright State University. Both universities near Dayton, Ohio (USA).

Nate worked for the Air Force Research Laboratory, part of the US Department of Defense, studying various areas of the gas turbine (aircraft) engines. His Master’s Thesis focused on applying active flow control methods to the Low-Pressure Turbine to understand efficiency improvements and to understand dynamics occurring in the airflow as a result of applying the active flow control. Nate then took a position designing aircraft engines for Rolls Royce.

Nate currently works for GE Aviation and relocated to Ethiopia in 2014 to serve as a Field Service Engineer supporting Ethiopian Airlines as well as many other airlines in Africa. In 2019 he was promoted to Senior Customer Support Manager, overseeing all aspects of customer support. He currently manages support operations for all airlines in Africa.

Yenigat Abera

Fundraising and Partnership Assistant , MA in Development

Yenigat has over a decade of working experience for Non-Profit Organizations, volunteering, training, and empowering many women.
Yenigat has a Masters in Development Studies from EGST and Bachelor of Law.

Selam Alemu

Senior Expert for Science Culture Enhancement at Ministry of Science & Higher Education (MoSHE)

Selam holds an MA in Sociology from Indra Ghandi National Open University in India. and a BA degree in Business Management from Adama University, Ethiopia. Selam has accumulated 12 years of professional experience in the field of Technology, Management and Women Empowerment.

She is now a Senior Expert for Science Culture Enhancement at Ministry of Science and Higher Education . Prior to that she was a team leader for Research and Technology Transfer at Ministry of Science and Technology. Before that she had been a Coordinator for HIV Prevention and Control Coordination Office South Wollo. Selam earned various certificates on “Innovation Management” organized by state of Israel in cooperation with UNDP Rehoboth, Israel ; “Clean Technologies – Environmental technology, innovation and management systems” as organized by MASHAV state of Israel, Rehoboth, Israel as well as a Certificate on “Women Entrepreneurship and Startup” as organized by Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation/ITEC/ in India.

Dr. Desalegn Mengesha Degefaw

Associate Regional Director, The Ohio State Univerdity Global One Health Initiative Eastern Africa Regional Office Addis Ababa Ethiopia& Former President of Gondar University

Doctor of Veternary Medicine (DVM), Addis Ababa University.
Former President of Gondar University
Associate Regional Director,The Ohio State University,Global One Health Initiative,Eastern Africa Regional Office
Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Shiferaw Telila, Electrical Engineer

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ethiopian Electric Utility

Girum Solomon Urgessa, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor George Mason University

Associate Professor

George Mason University

Addisalem Abathun,PhD

Dean, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Addis Ababa University

Dr. Abebe Kebede

Associate Professor of Physics at NC A&T State University and Higher Education Consultant Greensboro/Winston-Salem, North Carolina Area

Yonas Tadesse, PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

Yonas Tadesse is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas. Yonas was recognized as a rising star in research and awarded the 2015 Young Investigator Program (YIP) by the Office of Naval Research. His research interests are Humanoid robotics, Soft robotics, Smart Materials and Structures, Sensors, and Actuators, a Mechatronic system, Multimodal energy harvesting, Modeling, Controls, and Biomimetics. His research and innovation of Robot Jellyfish that doesn’t need batteries or electricity was one of the many accomplishments that brought him to the spotlight.
Yonas has earned
Bachler’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Addis Ababa University
Master’s in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginal Tech University in the USA

Yesunesh Teshome, MPH/ MBA

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Clinton Health Access Initiative in Addis Ababa.

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Clinton Health Access Initiative in Addis Ababa.

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