Description/Summary on the Association
ICT-ET, founded by a few private companies, was formally established on November 25, 2010 with the Charities and Societies Agency (License #2055) to EXPOSE, ENGAGE and ENABLE the private sector within the ICT industry in Ethiopia. The association has three sectors within its scope, namely Information Technology, Communication Technology and Broadcasting Technology (please see table below).
To launch the association, ICT-ET in collaboration with Google, the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) and Ethio Telecom hosted an event at the Hilton on January 18, 2011 which consisted of a keynote speech from HE Ato Debretsion GebreMichael, Minister of MCIT as well as speeches from Ethio Telecom’s CEO Jean -Michel Latute and Google’s Business and e-Government teams.
|Theme||Information Technology||Communication Technology||Broadcasting Technology|
|General||• Fundraising & Establishment
• Recruit Members (Regular vs. Associate Members)
• Elect Board Members & Management
|Expose||• Quarterly Technology Innovation Series
• International ICT Conference in Ethiopia(2012)
|Engage|| • Diaspora Mentorship Program
• Government/ Private Sector Forum (Policy Proposals)
|Enable|| • ICT Park
• ICT Innovation Competition (e.g. apps development)
The Association (ICTET) shall be comprised of the following management bodies: A General Assembly, Auditor, Executive Committee and Other Staff.
ICTET has the following structure:
Member of an Executive Committee cannot work as an Auditor.
When the General Assembly finds it necessary, it can delegate the power and functions listed under sub-section 1(e), j, k and l to the permanent or interim committee or leadership bodies of the association. The General Assembly would have the final say on the interpretation of these By-laws provided that it does not conflict with the relevant legal codes of Ethiopia.
Please refer to the by-laws of ICTET for further descriptions of the different functions of the General Assembly, Auditor, Executive Committee and Other Staff. [Click here to see full content of the by-laws]
Seyoum Bereded, President
Seyoum has extensive experience in advanced IT systems from his time at leading multinational companies in the UK, the US and Canada such as Research in Motion, Eurostar UK LTD and Eloyalty US LTD. After working for six years at Research In Motion - the manufacturer of Blackberry as an Oracle Database Manager and Engineering Team Leader, he returned to Ethiopia following his appointment as Director General of the Ethiopian Millennium Festival National Secretariat. Currently he serves as Regional Managing Director of the Ethiopian Branch of CIMAC Inc. a California Based IT Business Solution Provider. Seyoum has a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Addis Ababa University and a Master's Degree in Advanced IT from London South Bank University.
Levi Girma, Vice President (Communication Sector Head)
Levi Girma has spent the last 13 years in the three sectors of telecom: operator, network vendor & handset vendor. He started his telecom career at AT&T Wireless' HQs in Redmond, WA and served in different capacities across several divisions until 2006 where he left AT&T Wireless as Director of International Operations in San Juan, PR to join Nokia Networks (now NSN) as Country Head for Tanzania. He later transferred to Nokia (handset division) where he oversaw several countries within East Africa and was instrumental in introducing Nokia's 'Ethiopic' device for the Ethiopian Millennium. In 2008, he returned to Ethiopia to participate in the telecom sector by initially establishing BravoCom PLC, Nokia's Partner in Ethiopia. Levi has a Bachelor's in Business from the University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle University.
Yilkal Abate, Secretary General (IT Sector Head)
Yilkal Abate is a technology and business professional with over 10 years experience in the development of IT solutions, risk management tools, software apps, process improvement, and web technologies in the financial, education, and consulting industries.
He has previously worked in different capacities at Liberty Mutual in Boston, AIG in NY, Richmond University in London, and Analysis International Ltd. UK. Yilkal returned to Ethiopia in 2010 and currently works as a Senior Technology Specialist at CIMAC Inc.
Yilkal has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering and Mathematics from Richmond, The American International University in London, and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has also studied International Baccalaureate at Waterford, United World College of Southern Africa in Swaziland.For more: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=2042745&trk=tab_pro
Addis Alemayehou, (Broadcasting Sector Head)Addis Alemayehou currently serves as the Managing Director of 251 Communications in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 251 communications is a full fledged communication/PR firm working with some of the premier International clients in Ethiopia as well as the US.
Prior to starting up 251 Communications, Mr Alemayehou was the COP of VEGA Ethiopia AGOA+ a 5 million USD trade development program funded by USAID in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Alemayehou previously worked as a consultant and as an agent for various Telecom companies within the East Africa region.
Mr. Alemayehou also serves on the Board of the Africa Leadership network, The African Leadership Network (ALN) is the premier network of young, dynamic, and influential leaders in business, public sector, academia, the arts and civil society in Africa. Our aim is to engage the collective influence of these leaders to drive prosperity for Africa’s people. Mr. Alemayehou is also the Managing Partner of Paconet Media PLC, a privately held media and IT firm. Paconet is the principle partner in the first privately held English FM Radio station (105.3 AFRO FM) as well as other IT interests in Ethiopia.
Fikre Wondimu, AGM Chairman
Amaha Bekele, AGM Vice Chairman
Amaha is a seasoned IT professional with extensive consulting experience, mainly in the large scale System Integration space. His experiences in the UK include working on a variety of sectors such as government, financial sector and investment banking as well as the Insurance market. Some of Amaha’s experiences include working on very large UK government CRM/ERP implementations as well as with banking giants JPMorgan developing trading systems.
Amaha returned back to Ethiopia in 2005 to setup the IT consulting wing for Ernst & Young Ethiopia, and currently leads the service line with offices across five countries, i.e. Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Amaha has a Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering from City University, UK and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Birbeck College, University of London
Abinet Zelalem, Education OutreachAbinet Zelalem is a software engineer with extensive experience on building Enterprise Application and works for a hi-tech company named Apposit LLC. As a senior software engineer he is responsible for the development and management of different software products produced by the company. Abinet also manages two technology communities in Addis Ababa; the GTUG(Google technology users group) and the Ethiopian open source community. Abinet has a B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from HiLCoE School of Computer Science and Technology.
Nedim Abdusemed, Alternate Board Member
Hilena Hailu, Alternate Board Member
ICTET has a number of areas that it needs contributions and assistance to fulfill its outlined goals. In that regard, it will need to fill different positions from time to time. These open positions and needs will regularly be posted under this section.
Information and Communications Technology Association – Ethiopia (ICT-ET)
NB Business Center, 4th Floor, Suite 403A, Mickey Leland Street
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia