TEDxAddis – October 12, 2013 Speakers

Gash Abera Molla SILESHI DEMISSIE(Gash Abera Mola)

Why you should listen to him:

Seleshi Demissie (Gash Abera Mola)- (Musician) is one of the iconic Ethiopian public figures who is also environmental activist. He has a unique music style and talent that made him popular. When he started to bring a new image of the capital, Addis Ababa, he opened a project which was called Gash Abera Molla, now named “Gash Abera Molla Environment & Development Association“. His organization works on various volunteer works in the country and also has wan some international awards.

Talk title  "Art, Youth and Environment"


Why you should listen to her:

Aida is the Founder and Director of DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) For Africa in Addis Ababa. Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aïda left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Yemen and England. After several years in a boarding school in Cyprus, she finally settled in Canada in 1985. In 2000, she graduated with a degree from the Communication Department with a major in film from Howard University in Washington, D.C. After graduation she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post and other publications. As an exhibiting artist, a collection of her images can be found in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United State. She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie in Bamako, Mali, as well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo,Italy. Aïda is the founder and director of the first international photography festival in Ethiopia, the Addis Foto Fest. She continues to curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA.

Talk Title- “Preserving the past, promoting the future through photography”



Why you should listen to him:

Daniel Asres (Educator) is an Ethiopian- American, born and raised in Los Angeles California. He has a BA in Sociology and Education and has been working in the field of Education for 15 years. He recently moved to Ethiopia and is looking forward to work on the impact of educational process as it begins to satisfy the growing needs of the children of the vastly growing community of Addis Ababa and Ethiopia overall.

Talk Title- “Shifting Paradigm of Education in Ethiopia”


Why you should listen to her:

Beate Wedekind  (German journalist and entrepreneur)  is founder of the media brand TheNewAfrica, a Journal of Perspectives and Inspiration, a startup dedicated to the young people behind progress Made in Africa. Its goal is to put these aspiring achievers on the international agenda, to build new alliances and create sustainable partnerships. TheNewAfrica focuses on perspectives and opportunities, talents and potentials, on contemporary culture and on a lifestyle that is responsible towards the community of people. TheNewAfrica is a scheme of online and print media and of special events. The website will be launched in October 2013.

Talk Title- “Fresh Viewpoint on Africa “



Why you should listen to him:

Arnold Buoro (Kenyan Multiculturalist) heads the International Relations of EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development) and Country Director of AIESEC in Ethiopia. A believer of developing youth talent for impactful business across emerging markets for the demands of the field and that will help it to grow for youth by youth. As President of AIESEC in Ethiopia, he is currently leading a national executive team of 7 individuals of 4 nationalities (Togo, Ghana, Indonesia & Ethiopia), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He develops strategy that affects global and national operations and guides the youth 300 Ethiopian leaders of the AIESEC in Ethiopia and connects with a network of more than 100,000 young people.

Talk Title- “Breaking through Barriers; Generation Y to Generation Bold“


DawitDawit Wondimagegn

Why you should listen to him:

Dr. Dawit Wondimagegn (psychiatrist)- works in Addis Ababa. He spent 3 months in Edinburgh at the end of 2008, as Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre of African Studies. He is currently working on a project to narrow the gap between traditional healing methods especially used around Ethiopian Orthodox Church using prayer and holy water with scientific methods that use the general approach of psychiatric evaluation, advice and application of medicine.

Talk Title- “Healers and Doctors“


Why you should listen to him:

Amanuel Mengistu is the founder and Managing Director of C62 Media Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Oral Roberts University, a Master of Arts degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a Certificate in International Trade Studies from St. Peter's College, Oxford University. Prior to entering the communication industry, Amanuel worked as a policy analyst and consultant in the Washington DC area. In 2009 he has also served as the Executive Editor of Selamta, the official in-flight magazine of Ethiopian Airlines. Selamta, which is published by C62 Communications Plc in ajoint-venture partnership with the US-based Journey Group, was recently short listed as one of the top five in-flight magazines in the world by the Airline Passanger Experience Association (APEX). Amanuel is also the vice-chairman of CFL Capital, an Ethiopian asset financing company.

Talk Title- “Ethiopia's Urban Future“


Why you should listen to him:

Dr. Mehret Debebe is a Board Certified Consultant Psychiatrist and author of ‘yeteqolefebet qulf’ meaning ‘the locked in key’ – which through a web of stories narrates the significance of the mind in making or breaking the life of individuals, families, relationships, businesses and even a nation. He completed his medical education at the Medical Faculty of Addis Ababa University. After moving to the United States he undertook a four year specialty training in Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology of St Louis University School of Medicine, where he was a Chief Resident during his final year. He has since then been practicing in different Psychiatric Hospitals and Mental Health Centers in the US USA 2008

Talk Title- “Powerful ideas and empowered minds“