TEDxAddis Salon – November 29, 2014 Speakers

Michael Addisu Haile Michael Addisu Haile

Why you should listen to him:

Michael Addisu Haile is the CEO and Lead Promoter of Nisir Microfinance Institution at 31 years of age. Nisir Microfinance is the first of its kind in the Ethiopian financial sector. Through his micro-finance institution, Haile has a vision to contribute to one of the main constraints for young and small-scale entrepreneurs, access to finance in Ethiopia. He has mobilized more than 200 shareholders, including flagship institutional investors, with a subscribed capital of roughly 14 million ETB and a paid-up capital of 7.6 million ETB, which is four times the minimum legal requirement for licensure from Central Bank of Ethiopia. Haile is a chartered financial analyst who holds an MA in Finance and Accounting. He was one of 12 Ethiopian Mandela Washington Fellows in 2014, allowing him to study Business & Entrepreneurship for six weeks at the Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. He is also one of 25 grant winners who received $25,000 to expand their business.

Michael Addisu Haile

Markos Lemma

Markos Lemma is a techie, activist, co-founder of iceaddis – a community oriented innovation hub in Ethiopia and co-founder of Glihub – a startup company working on primary education and literacy. He specialized in ICT consultancy and community management. He is also an advocate for startup movements, social and environmental innovations & blogging. He is a coordinator on a research program on literacy, a project running by MIT, OLPC & Tufts University. He organizes Barcamp Ethiopia once a year. Barcamp Ethiopia is the biggest tech community event in Ethiopia. He loves the active tech community and initiated different technology events. He is a collaborator, a blogger (Author for GlobalVoices). He mainly blogs and speaks about social media, mobile technology in Africa, green tech, and social affairs. His work is mentioned in different media such as The Economist, BBC, CCTV, Al jazeera, TechCrunch. Lemma graduated in computer science from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

ShulzeElias Schulze

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Elias Schulze serves as the Africa CEO for Kaymu, an online marketplace with operations across 16 African countries and aggressive ongoing expansion. Kaymu is a part of Africa Internet Group (AIG), a joint venture between Rocket Internet, MTN, and Tigo Millicom. Prior to joining Kaymu, Schulze worked as an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company, where he was based in Nigeria and worked throughout Africa with a significant strategy focus. Previously, he worked at Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), an Africa-focused private equity firm. He is also co-founder of The Africa Group, an advisory and venture capital firm, which has taken stakes in several early stage African tech firms, including HelloDoctor Ethiopia. Schulze holds a BS and MS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.


WaberNadia Waber

Why you should listen to her:

Nadia Waber is Faculty at Generating Transformative Change (GTC) – Africa and Partner at Tong Schraa-Liu & Partners. She studied History and Italian at Exeter University (UK), and is currently learning to become an analyst and scorer for the StAGES model of adult stages of development. Waber is passionate about creating spaces for learning and innovation that nurture emerging authentic leadership. She serves as a facilitator of systems and organizational change, through cross-cultural training, coaching, and management development. Her work has enabled her to connect with large and small teams of women, youth, entrepreneurs, artisans, members of networks, senior-level managers from not-for-profit organizations, managers of UN agencies, EU civil servants, donor agencies and teams of diverse backgrounds in the rural and urban settings in Africa, to engage in capacity building processes.

Yohans WodajeYohans Wodaje

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Yohans Wodaje is the founder of HelloDoctor Telemed Medical Services. He has vast experience in adult, child, and maternal health, and has also worked in various government hospitals. Wodaje has worked in capacities ranging from resident general practitioner, to serving as the Medical Director of a higher clinic. After completing his education at the School of Medicine at the Addis Ababa University, he moved to Kebridhar, a remote town in the Ogaden of the Somali Region in Ethiopia to work in a government hospital. It was during this time that he observed, first-hand, the significant limitations in health infrastructures in Ethiopia. From this experience, Wodaje became passionately interested in using technology to optimize existing human and physical health resources. His goal was to use technology as a tool to unlock access to medical services for the Ethiopian population. Prior to his work with Telemed, he founded www.addishealth.com, a website dedicated to providing localized medical information on topics such as Pregnancy, Parenting, Nutrition and Fitness in Ethiopia's local languages, where he was also a senior editor. Yohans has also been selected as a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow.