Asegedech Shawl– Is a country representative of STEM synergy. Prior to this, Asegedech served for more than 8 years in different positions as senior researcher and educational policy analyst at Higher Education Strategy Center (HESC). She has produced a research paper entitled “Girl’s in STEM subjects in Ethiopia: Analysis of challenges and policy options”. Her research findings helped for the government of Ethiopia to make evidence based decisions in strengthening STEM education. Before that Asegedech served as a coordinator of competency based curriculum preparation and harmonization of Ethiopian higher education. She participated in the team that validated the module curricula when she was at HESC. In addition to her formal job assignment, Asegedech has been a coordinator for cross cutting issues including Gender, HIV/AIDs and special needs at HESC. Before joining HESC, she also served at different positions in Southern Nation Nationalities and people Region (SNNPR), as an educational assurance expert for four years in accrediting secondary schools, and as an Academic Dean of TVET College for four years as well as as a principal of Awassa comprehensive high school. Before assuming the principalship position, Asegedech had taught mathematics teacher for 15 years. She has experience in preparing and reviewing mathematics text books and teachers guide for different grade levels . As a volunteer, she offered short term trainings in leadership, competency Based Education for women and other different groups. She also served as a chairwoman for SNNP Regional subchapter of Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE).
Asegedech has a Masters (MA) degree in Organizational Leadership, from Azusa Pacific University, California and a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from Addis Ababa University. Moreover, she earned an
Advanced diploma in secondary school principalship from Dilla University and a Diploma in Theology, from Pentecostal training College, 0n June 2001;