The Organization. Our core Values. Our Team.

Our Mission

To contribute to a sustainable, just, and peaceful Ethiopia and Africa with opportunity for all.

Our Vision

Ensure that today’s children, youth and women are adequately prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators and leaders

Great Support

The board consists of eight members that are specialists in the fields of Education, Business, and Civil Society. The members establish Initiative Africa’s program goals, work plans, and budgets. They meet on an annual basis to review the progress of various activities and to plan future policies.

Mr. Kebour Ghenna is the Board appointed Executive Director of Initiative Africa. The organization currently employs Educators, Researchers, Editors, Publishers, Information personnel and Technical Support Staff that are exceptional in their work field.

Our Values

  • Commitment
  • Self reliance
  • Trust worthiness
  • Non-discrimination
  • Transparency and accountability at all levels
  • Integrity and mutual respect between and among stakeholders

We work to reduce risks to vulnerable populations and to help communities, non-governmental organizations, and local authority provide services and protection for at-risk groups. For Initiative Africa vulnerable populations are defined as those groups of people who are typically excluded, disadvantaged or marginalized based on their economic, environmental, social, or cultural characteristics, specifically, children, youth and women.

Through a variety of programs IA helps vulnerable populations gain access to opportunities that support their full participation in society. We contribute to the development of capacities of vulnerable populations nationwide and across Africa. In doing so, we help prevent conflict, spur economic growth, and advance human dignity.

The Board of Directors

Mr. Demisse Yibgeta

Chair Man

Mr. Demiss is a founder and CEO of local technology company called ITSC. He brings new technology and networking solutions to clients. Through partnerships with software engineers, hardware companies, training institutes and the end-user, he offers vendor-neutral solutions as a consultant. A graduate of the AA University, Applied Physics, he is an RCDD, RTPM, DCDC, Master Instructor. He has worked for contractors, distributors, and telecommunications companies. Demiss joined IA right from the start as a volunteer and then as a board member. He brings to Initiative Africa a combination of operating experience and entrepreneurial solutions.

Mrs. Amanawit Aychilhum

Vice Chair Woman

Amanawit is a graduate of the Addis Ababa Commercial College. A 20-year veteran of the insurance industry, she joined the Ethiopian Insurance Corporation as a sales agent in 2004 and was named sales agent of the Years 2007, 2008, 2009. A superb trainer Amanawit has helped more than 55 companies improve their sales performance and processes. Still a member of the Ethiopian Insurance Company sales group, she brought the same winning spirit to her new position as a member of the IA board in 2013.

Mrs. Hirut Mamo

Member

Mr. Tsega Hawaz

Member

Mrs. Sindu Abebe

Member

Mr. Tigist Yilma

Member

The Team

Mr. Kebour Ghenna

Executive Director

kebour.g@initiativeafrica.net

Mr. Yehualashet G/Michael
Mr. Getachew W/Mariam
Mrs. Doi Temesgen

Office Manager

doi.temesgen@gmail.com

Mr. Beruk Worku
Mr. Robel Yeshitela
Ms. Aberash Jemberu
Mr. Abenezer Taddese
Ms. Etsegenet Muzeyen

Accounting Clerk

etsegenetm4@gmail.com

Mrs. Ayinalem Asefawossen

Office Assistant

ayniasfaw@gmail.com

Mrs. Genet Eshetu

Office Assistant

genetesh etu@gmail.com

Mr. Assefa Gebremichael

IT Assistant

assemich@yahoo.com

Ms. Lidia Mulugeta
Ms. Elsabeth Yetesha
Ms. Fraol Wondimu

Associate Staff

Mr. Girma Kebede

Communication Expert

girmakebede71@yahoo.com

Dr. Seleshi Yitbarek

Assistant Professor, Kotebe college of Teachers’ Education and AAU

sile_y@yahoo.com

Mr. Tofic Hussien

Cinematographer

hussen.tofik379@gmail.com

Mrs.Sinidu Abebe
Mr. Zenayeneh Girma

Executive Director, Youth and Cultural Development Foundation

zenayenehg@yahoo.com

Mr. Eshetu Desta

Freelancer

Mr. Girmayeneh Mamo

Freelancer

Mr. Tewodros Abate

Freelancer 

abateteddy@yahoo.com

Mr. Bisrat Abitew

Graphics Designer, Identity printing and Advertising

hibisrat@gmail.com