Negusu Aklilu

Negusu Aklilu

Coordinator

Negusu is a passionate , pro - poor development advocate, and his interests are gradually evolving into larger and broader social and political issues facing Ethiopia. Currently, he works for an international organization as Chi ef of Party for a global climate resilience program, and is a PhD Candidate at University of Massachusetts Boston, U.S.A. exploring the environmental aspects of the China - Africa relations. T rained in biology, ecology and systematics, environmental diplomac y, and global governance & human security , h e has robust work experience as a civil servant, civil society leader, a private consultant, environment and climate change adviser for DFID Ethiopia, and a development practitioner. Negusu also initiated the Eth iopian Environment Review, a peer - reviewed publication focusing on Ethiopia ’ s environmental resources; i nitiated and led a n advocacy campaign that involved several stakeholders to successfully persuade the Ethiopian Government to amend the institutional ar rangement for the forestry sector; initiated the National Green Award Program in 2005, for which H.E. Girma Woldegiorgis, the then President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia served as a patron; initiated and coordinated a platform for Politic al Party Dialogue on Environmental Issues during the 2005 national election in the country involving the then prominent political parties . On a regional level, he co - initiated [with the late Nobel Laureate Wangari Mathai] and led the African Climate Appeal , a politico - moral call by African Civil Society leaders and submitted the appeal to the African Union Commission, which was intended to influence the African climate policy. At DFID Ethiopia, besides providing strategic advice on issues related to environ ment and climate change, he managed the Strategic Climate Institutions Programme (SCIP), financed by the governments of the UK; Norway; and Denmark. Negusu got a number of national and international recognitions for his contributions in the field of enviro nment and climate change. He was recognized as one of the 25 most influential Ethiopians by Addis Neger local Newspaper in 2008, as an emerging environmental leader by the Global Environmental Governance Project hosted by Yale University and College of Wil liam and Mary in 2009, named U.S. Embassy ’ s Alumni of the Month [May 2012]; featured as one of the 50 best achievers/achievements of the year by Kumneger Amharic Magazine in its special New Year Publication of September 2011; awarded a prize and certificat e by an Addis Ababa environmental youth group for “Outstanding Contribution in Environment and Climate Sensitization and Advocacy in Ethiopia” in 2009; recognized and awarded for ‘Outstanding Environmental Advocacy Efforts ’ by Board members of Forum for En vironment in 2009; selected as a Distinguished Fellow by the Global Network for Africa ’ s Prosperity and is a Yale World Fellow (2011).

Wondwossen Sintayehu

Wondwossen Sintayehu

Member

Wondwossen is an environmental lawyer who served as a judge at fede ral courts in Ethiopia from 1996 to 2003 at civil, criminal, and labour benches. He extensively reviewed Ethiopian laws both for his task as a judge as well as for writing articles and manuscripts related to the justice sector. In his role as director of Environmental Law and Policy at the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), between 2003 and 2013, he oversaw the development of laws, and policy documents on the national Green Economy Strategy, natural resources development biosafety, biosphere reserve s, and chemicals and wastes, among others. He coordinated the development of Ethiopia ’ s climate strategy (the CRGE) since its inception in 2010 and its launch in 2011 at the Conference of the Parties in Durban. His key functions included brokering interest s among a wider stakeholder groups including the donor community; the national Inter - ministerial committee; as well as representing the country at various fora for tasks related environmental management. Wondwossen is the Managing Editor of the Issue Brief Series at the Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston where he is also a PhD candidate focusing on the Science - Policy Interface.

Mesfin Getachew

Mesfin Getachew

Member

M esfin Getachew is a business consultant and private business owner with over 20 years of experience. His carrier started as university research assistant in the pharmaceutical field. This was followed by a period of working as a production pharmacist. He then went on to work for an American multinational company called Eli - lily as a country representative for a significant portion of his career. This stage was followed by the launch of a private pharmaceutical wholesale, retail and machinery rental busines ses, In addition to a business consultancy service which, among others, focuses on feasibility studies of multi - line multi - million dollar pharmaceutical manufacturing plants which are a priority sector for the Ethiopian Government. Mesfin has an MBA from U K and Bachelor of Pharmacy from AAU. He is also currently working on his second MA degree at the Department of Business and Economics of Addis Ababa University. Mesfin also served as board member for Project Ploughshare and Organization for Social Justice (OSJE) in the past, and currently on Unique Saving and Credit Association (USACCO). He is a passionate educator of entrepreneurship for the youth, new startups and grassroots businesses.

Mulugeta Mengist

Mulugeta Mengist

Core Member

Mulugeta had been until recently working as a consulting director of climate change affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, seconded by the Global Green Growth Institute, an intergovernmental organiza tion headquartered in South Korea. Among the various contributions stands out his role in getting USD 50 million to the Government of Ethiopia from the Green Climate Fund. In addition, over the last three years he led two initiatives relating to governance and justice. The first initiative was on regulatory reform. He authored a sixty page Amharic paper emphasizing on the need to embark upon regulatory reform in Ethiopia. Upon the proposal being endorsed by Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn he coordinate d a World Bank and government collaboration on a baseline assessment of regulatory governance and delivery. He has undertaken a baseline assessment of rule of law and the justice system of the country, on the basis of the results, he assisted the Attorney General establish Legal and Justice Affairs Advisory Council. Mulugeta is also a research assistant professor of law in Mekelle University. He also teaches at Haromaya and Addis Ababa Universities. Trained as a comparative lawyer and economist, Mulugeta ha s about fourteen years of experience in legal and policy research and practice. Among others, he advised the African Group of Negotiators on Climate Change in the areas of climate finance; Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority; Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity; Ministry of Mines; NORAD; IIED. Until July 2013 he was a research fellow in climate governance and institutional development in the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Prior to joining ACPC in July 2011, he had been teaching law in the School of Law (University of Surrey) where he also completed his PhD. In 2011, Mulugeta was awarded his PhD from the University of Surrey (UK). He also studied law and economics (EMLE, 2009) in the universities of Manchester (UK), Ghent (Belgium with Distinction) and Rotterdam (Netherlands). He also studied European and com parative law in the University of Ghent (LLM, 2004, with Great Distinction). He obtained his LLB (2001) from Addis Ababa University. Over the past few months Mulugeta has been working to finalize a book on Ethiopia ’ s Experience in Federalism and Building I nstitutions ( ፌዴራላዊ የሕዝብ አስተዳደር እና የተቋም ግንባታ ), analyzing among others the role of ethnicity in public administration, building political and economic unity, constitutional contradictions (original constitutional sins), federalism of criminal justice, equitable benefit, natural resources federalism, structural failures of democracy and government, unity of government and risks of policy fragmentation. Mulugeta frequently writes in Amharic in his blog (www.fujaaj.com) on public administration policy and law

Blen Fitsum

Blen Fitsum

Core Member

Blen Fi tsum is an expert in media and communications with over 16 years of relevant experience. She earned three degrees from Addis Ababa University in the fields of History (B.A.), Political Science and International Relations (B.A.) and Journalism and Communica tions (M.A.). Among others, she served at the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBCWorld Service Trust as a reporter, senior producer, prime time news anchor and as news editor. Blen has been vastly engaged in training and building the capacity of media professionals and communicators including top level government officials. As a Communications Specialist with the US Embassy and Communication Manager with World Bank Project Ethiopian Social Accountability Program (ESAP2) . Blen closely followed the development of communication trends and the media landscape in the country both in urban and rural setups and engaged in communicating different messages to the general public, policy makers and other target audience. Blen was given meritorious honor awar d by the US Department of State for her extraordinary service as Communication Specialist with the US Embassy in Ethiopia. Blen further served as Events Director at Eminence Social Entrepreneurs that organized local and international events including Yeshi Gabicha (A union of one thousand couples recruited from all regions of Ethiopia). Her extensive travel experience to over 30 international cities has among others widened Blen's understanding of the dynamics of communications across cultures. Blen is the f ounder and CEO of Panorama Media and Communication Services (PAMECOS), a company committed to bringing professional standard to the media and communication sector in Ethiopia and beyond. PAMECOS passionately produces popular television shows, delivers qual ity media and communication services, organizes exceptional events and provides marketing services. PAMECOS’ key clients and stakeholders are media organizations, advertisers, international organizations, governmental and nongovernmental institutions and t he business community

Yasmin Abdulwassie

Yasmin Abdulwassie

Core Member

Yasmin has been working in the development sector for over seven years of experience in international development with a unique capacity to liaise between teams of diverse interest. Currently working in the position of Country Director for an international organization , she is looking to make an impact in addressing livelihood improvement in Ethiopia through leadership, management, coordination, and exchange of ideas wi th likeminded p ositive people. Yasmin has worked for DFID Ethiopia, Global Green Growth Institute based inside Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Over the years she has strengthen her ability to engage with government counterparts, development partners, and communities to address challenges of growth together. Taking the practical lessons from her experience, she has pursued her ambition to understand the challenges that climate change poses by completing her post graduate studies in Environment, Developm ent and Policy (MA) and now draws on that journey to make a difference in Ethiopia. Since she has stepped into a leadership role since September 2016, Yasmin strives hard to understand what ingredients make a successful leader to direct an organisation to achieve its goals in the Ethiopian context. Self - growth and development is important to make the necessary difference needed.

Endalkachew Sime

Endalkachew Sime

Core Member

Endalkachew Sime is the Secretary General of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (ECCSA), the sole biggest umbrella private sector organization of the Ethiopian business community that represents the voice of more than half a million businesses in Ethiopia ( www.ethiopianchamber.com ). Earning his first degree from Alemaya University of Ethiopia and second degree from Cambridge International College of the UK, Mr. Sime has been working in different government and private organizations for the last 18 years in a progressive capacity, including the positio n of the Secretary General of the Ethiopian Textile and Garment Association and General Manager of Gullele Garment Factory. Mr. Sime has represented the interest of the Ethiopian private sector at different levels by serving as presenter and guest speaker on more than 45 national, regional and international forums and events organized in Ethiopia and countries including China, India, Thailand, Germany Italy, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Turkey, the United States of America, Mauritius and others