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10th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum

Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business
Person of the Year Awards Dinner

August 13, 2015 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Sheraton Addis

Cocktail Hour
6.30 PM to 7.30 PM

Dinner
7.30 PM to 8.30 PM

Offcial Awards Program
8:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Comedian
8:00 PM to 8:15 PM

Yohannes Assefa, Esq., Executive Director, Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum
Director, Stalwart Management Consultancy Services & Master of Ceremonies
Introductory remarks

8:20 PM to 8:25 PM
Keynote Speech

8.30 PM to 8:45 PM
Hon. David Kennedy, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy

9:00 PM to 9:15 PM
Hon. Dr. Tedros Adnahom, Minister of Foreign Affairs or his designee (Ambassador Taye Atskeselassie
Director General for American Aairs)
Award Ceremony

9:20 PM to 9:25 PM
Introductory remarks
Addis Alemayehou, Managing Director, 251 Communications
Mesfinn Ayenew, MESAL & Associate Engineering Consultancy

9:30 PM to 9:35 PM
Ambassador Girma Birru, Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States, recipient of the 2015 Ethiopian Diaspora Business
Champion

9:40 PM to 9:45 PM
Introduction by Yohannes Assefa, Esq.
9:40 PM to 9:45 PM
Acceptance speech

Dr. Akeza Teame, Founder and Medical Director, St. Yared Hospital and American Medical Center,
2015 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person of the Year Award

9:45 PM to 9:50 PM
Mr. Tamrat Bekele, Founder and CEO, International Medical Laboratories
2015 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person of the Year Award

Introductory remarks
Yohannes Assefa, Esq.
9:55 PM to 10:00 PM

The following individuals are receiving awards and recognition for dedicated support and service to the Ethiopian Diaspora
Business Forum over the past 10 years
10:00 PM to 10:10 PM

Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young Ethiopia
Henok Assefa, Managing Partner, Precise Consult International
Yusuf Reja, CEO, EthioJobs
Omer Redi, Managing Partner,
Amanuel "Manny" Amare, President, Altour Tech

10:15 PM TO 10:30 PM
Cultural Dance Troupe presentation

Closing remarks
Yohannes Assefa, Esq.
Executive Director, Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum
Director, Stalwart Management Consultancy Services

 


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The 2015 PIONEER ETHIOPIAN DIASPORA BUSINESS PERSON AWARDS

The 2015 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Persons of the Year Award will be given to Dr. Akeza Teame, Founder & Medical Director, St. Yared Hospital and the American Medical Center, and Ato Tamrat Bekele, Founder & CEO of International Clinical Laboratories. The Pioneer Award is bestowed up on Diaspora entrepreneurs who have introduced innovation(s) in business that have significantly and positively affected business practices with long-term results in Ethiopia or in the Diaspora. This year's Awards Dinner will be held in Ethiopia for first time on August 13, 2015 at the Sheraton Addis from 6.30PM to 10.30PM.

Akeza_Teame Tamrat_Bekele

The Forum will also recognize and Award the following individuals for their contribution and dedication to the Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum: 1. Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner, E&Y Ethiopia 2. Amanuel "Manny" Amare, President, Altour Tech 3. Henok Assefa, Managing Director, Precise Consult International 4. Yusuf Reja, CEO, Info Mind Solutions, and 4. Omer Redi, Managing Director, Ifriqiyah Media & Communications.

Zemedeneh Negatu Henok Assefa Yusuf Reja
Manny Amare Omer Redi

In 2014, the Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Award was given to Munir Duri, CEO, Kifiya Financial Technologies PLC and Daniel Gezaw, two phenomenal entrepreneurs have led the way in bringing innovation in their respective fields of business. The 2015 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Awards Committee will announce the winner of this year's Award very soon. Stay tuned

2015 FORUM AGENDA/PROGRAM
Date: August 1, 2015
Venue: The George Washington University (Jack Morton Auditorium)
Theme: "Investing in Ethiopia's Untapped Healthcare Sector"


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Note to Editors:
About The Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum

The Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum is organized by The Ethiopian American, a US based Ethiopian Diaspora business and investment group with offices in New York. The Ethiopian American was first established as non-partisan, professional business publication in 2004 by a group of young Diaspora professionals to create a positive and non-political platform devoted to the issue of business and investment in the Ethiopian Diaspora community.

In June 2005, the magazine organized the first Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum (the “Forum”) with the generous financial support of USAID/VEGA Ethiopian AGOA + and several Diaspora businesses. Over the years, the Forum served as a key platform for Diaspora discussions on many important issues such as trade and investment in Ethiopia and the United States, the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), business environment and related regulatory affairs. Seven years later, the Forum has grown and continues to grow strong in every aspect by empowering the Diaspora business community with valuable information and enabling the community to participate in Ethiopia’s economy and development in a meaningful way.

This year, organizers are publishing the fifth annual full length event magazine covering many issues of interest for the Diaspora business community. The magazine will be distributed for free both in the U.S. and Ethiopia. As in the past three years, the Forum will also be covered by EBS.

Photos: Past Events