Staff

Getachew Gezahegn

Executive Director/Country Representative of Ethiopia

Getachew, a native of Ethiopia, is the Ethiopian Representative on our team of Executive Directors. Before getting involved in STEM education he freelanced as a consultant and researcher for NGO’s and other private firms for 10 years. He then gave over 21 years to the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and the National Science and Technology Center, teaching physics and offering his expertise in mathematics and physics. He holds a B.S. in Physics and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.

Nigist Tilahun

Fundraising and communication manager

Nigist is our Fundraising and Communication Manager. Nigist earned her MBA in Marketing Management, from New Delhi,India and Bachelors degree in English Language from Jimma University, Ethiopia. She had extensive background in Marketing, Public Relations and STEM education.
Prior to her current role ,Nigist was the Director of Hawassa University STEM Center from September 2014 up to March 31 2019. Prior to that, she had served as Head of External and Public Relations Department of Hawassa University for six years.

Anteneh Fisseha

STEM Center Manager

Anteneh is our program manager at Foka Stem Center, the main  incubation center of STEM Synergy in Ethiopia. He brings a wide range of experience and accomplishments to his role with STEM Synergy. Before working with STEM Synergy he graduated from Addis Ababa University with a dual degree in Business Administration and Information Systems on top of an advanced diploma he received in Electrical Engineering. After his time at university he spent 13 years first as an instructor at the Defense Engineering University for eight years, then as a coordinator with Gondar STEM Center, after which he went on to work as an expert at the Addis Ababa STEM Center under the guidance of the Ethiopian Society of Electrical Engineers.

Eyob Ayichew

Head of Electronics

Eyob earned his B. S. in Electrical Engineering, at the Ethiopian Defense Engineering College. His academic specialization was in Electrical Equipment Design.

Eyob has more than 6 years of experience in the Ethiopia Air Force, serving as electronics and electrical specialist, electrical&electronics workshop supervisor, Avionics section head, and electronics&electrical course lecturer. He also has 2 years experience working at Glitter Biomedical Technology, where he installed and programmed PLC and Microcontroller-based machines.

Tesfaye Shiferaw

Head of IT

Tesfaye Shiferaw serves as IT expert at Foka Science and Engineering center.

Melaku Tesfaye

Finance and Administration

Melaku earned his B. A. in Accounting from Addis Ababa University. He has more than 15 years of experience in different organizations as Accountant, Senior Accountant, Account Personnel Head, and most recently as Finance and Personnel Officer.

W/Ro Yemisrach Kassahun

Support Staff

Yemisrach has worked closely with the executive staff at Foka Science and Engineering center since it first opened its doors. She holds a diploma in computer science, and occasionally mentors the students and assists in technical education.

Kemila Bahiru

Office Assistant

Kemila has served as office assistant with STEM Synergy since 2015.

M/Tech Tadesse W/Mariyam

Retired emeritus, Head of Mechanics

Tadesse has worked as a mechanical engineer for over 45 years. He earned his advanced diploma in mechanical engineering from Addis Ababa University then continued his education in Germany, Bulgaria, and the United States. He returned to Ethiopia to work in the Air Force and as an instructor at the Defense University.

M/Tech Abate Kassa

Retired emeritus, Head of Electronics

Abate Kassa is a veteran electrical engineer with nearly 50 years of experience. After gaining his accounting diploma from Addis Ababa University, his studies took him to the Soviet Republic and the United States. He worked as a lab instructor at the Defense Engineering College in Ethiopia after spending some time in the air force there.

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