TEDxAddis – January 20, 2018 Speakers

Why you should listen to him:

Messay Geahun was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in Dallas, TX before moving to Los Angeles, CA. Upon completing high school; Messay attended Texas Tech University, studying computer graphics, human sciences and Family Studies. Messay has organized and produced many local, national and international events & programs over the past 15 years including a televised event called A.R.O.C. (Above Reproach On Campus), which featured artist such as Lecrae, The Afters, Lifehouse and many others. Lambadina is Messay’s first full feature film in which he wrote, directed and produced. Lambadina has won many national and international awards including best film at the Pan African Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Black Star Film Festival, Montreal Film Festival and it is also the winner of African Academy Movie Awards for “Best Diaspora Film”

Why you should listen to her:

Bruktawit Getahun, also known by her stage name Betty G, is an upcoming artist striving to become a star. She was born and raised in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. She went to Lycée Gebre Mariam, a French high school fom which she graduated in 2006. She pursued higher education by attending Commercial College of Addis Abeba University as well as a French University called Université de L'IAE Poitier via correspondence. In 2009 she graduated with a dual degree in office management and general management.

Even though she spent most of her time in school her passion for music was born with her. She was so devoted to her singing career that she started singing in different nightclubs when she was still in high school. She worked with noted Ethiopian artists such as Theodros Kassahun (Teddy afro), Zeritu Kebede , Jhonny Raga, Natenael Ayalew (Nhatty Man) and many more. She has also collaborated with a Nigerian artist Ras Kimono to create awareness to global warming and the damage it causes to our environment.

Her ability to sing in French, English, and Amharic could possibly be her golden ticket into the international market. She aspires to show her Ethiopian heritage in her work and bring more exposure to the richness and beauty of her culture. Her travel to the United States was the first step in the efforts of attaining her goal. During her stay in the US, she had the chance to collaborate with even more artists one of which is Tomas Doncker, a jazz artist. She also performed at the blue note jazz club in New York. Her experience in New York leads her to Studio Samuel, a nongovernmental organization that helps empower women in Ethiopia so they can overcome poverty and changes their lives. She currently holds the title of Ambassador for Studio Samuel. As of late, she is working on her album with a group called One Vision Production under Xposure entertainment. Artist Natenael Ayalew (Nhatty Man) plays an active role in mentoring and helping her during the process of production. She’s even evolved Ethiopian producer Henock Negash and the famous Ras band, to help breathe a new life in Ethiopian music. To summarize Betty G is an amazing singer with charismatic and captivating stage presence. But she is not solely an entertainer but an ambassador for the growth of her people; she has the vision, the talent, and the passion to bring her goals to fruition.

Why you should listen to him:

Mr Yordanos Estifanos is a graduate with MA in European Masters in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR) at the University of Oldenburg,Germany. He also earned MSc. in Population, Environment and Development from the Institute of Population Studies (IPS), Addis Ababa University. He has earned BA degree in Economics from Jimma University. Mr Estifanos has previously worked for national & international organizations and has published two monographs and research articles. He also finalized a book on Ethiopian irregular migrants into South Africa in Amharic, titled “Mengedegna” His research interest focuses on Demographic Transition in Africa, The Political Economy of Migration, Youth and the nexus among

LUTZ HARTMANNLUTZ HERMANN: German and French qualified lawyer and entrepreneur
Why you should listen to him:

Lutz Hartmann is a German and French qualified lawyer and entrepreneur. As a lawyer, he mainly counsels German and international clients in all areas related to corporate law, especially Mergers and Acquisitions. Further to this he is founder of FruitBox Africa, a company that is building up a 300ha fresh fruit and vegetables farm in Ethiopia. He is member of the board of the German-African Business Association

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Fassika holds a BEng in Aerospace Engineering. He has worked in the aerospace field in Canada, in roles such as project management, robotics systems, quality management, technical support & customer relations. He also worked as a research engineer at Carleton University mainly on control systems and system integration for supercritical water nuclear reactor test loops. In Ethiopia, he established a renewable energy organization that works to provide affordable solar energy systems.

Why you should listen to her:

Tizzita holds an Msc in Social Entrepreneurship & Management & a BBA in Entrepreneurship. She has a long standing engagement in the 3rd sector having worked for both local & international NGO's such as UNICEF & The Muday Charity Association in Ethiopia among others. She has also worked as part of a team in developing an innovation kit for the Copenhagen School of Design & Technology. Here she specifically focused on social innovation. Her research interests include social tech innovation & social enterpreneurship in the African context.