14th P2P Global Ethiopian Diaspora Conference on health Care and Medical Education – Speakers and Panelists
Ann has advised, and has been seconded to work with, Governments of a number of transitional countries on issues relating to national security policy/strategy issues (including Nigeria, Ukraine, Poland, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Trinidad and Tobago, Albania, Montenegro and The Gambia). In 2011, Ann supported the AU High Implementation Panel during the post-referendum peace talks between North and South Sudan (security issues).
In November 2012, the Government of Canada awarded Ann with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to post-conflict resolution and dialogue. Since 2013, she has served as a Senior Security and Justice Adviser to the UK Government and is a member of the United Nation's Rule of Law and Security Institutions' expert roster.
Having completed his PhD studies, he joined the faculty of economics at Bucknell University, where he became a lecturer in economics for three years. Later he founded Imbilta, a bi-monthly magazine focusing on economic, political, social and current affairs in Ethiopia and he was the founding chairman of Ethiopian Economic Association.
Dr. Lia is an obstetrician and gynecologist with extensive experience as a clinician, in health care leadership, academia, and hospital and program management, with over 20 years' experience.
Prior to joining the ministry of health, Dr. Lia Tadesse served as Program Director at the University of Michigan's Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she has successfully partnered with several institutions, in both Ethiopia and Rwanda, to increase the quality of reproductive health services and training.
Serving as the CEO and Vice Provost of St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College (SPHMMC) in Addis Ababa for seven years, Dr Lia led the hospital's services and academic reforms, including forging collaborative relationships with several national and international stakeholders. Dr. Lia was also Project Director of USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) at Jhpiego-Ethiopia prior to joining CIRHT after leaving SPHMMC.
Dr. Lia's passion is strengthening and reforming health systems, and she has received recognition for her accomplishments and advocacy for gender equity in access to quality health services and training.
Dr. Lia Tadesse earned her medical degree from Jimma University, specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology from Addis Ababa University, and a master's degree in health care administration from Jimma University
October 2021 to January 2022: Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and Chief Negotiator of Transboundary Water and Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) at a Minister level. He retains the Chief Negotiator on GERD role at a Minister level besides the Ambassadorial functions,
2016 - 2021, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy,
2014-2016, Senior Inter-Regional Advisor at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in New York,
2010-2014, African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of UNECA, as Senior Water and Climate Change Specialist,
2004-2010, Regional Representative and Head for International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
2001-2004 Dean and Leader of Arbaminch Water Technology Institute (AWTI), which he built it to be a full-fledged university.
Lecturer and head of institutional research (1991-1995) and Graduate Assistant (1987-1989)
Ambassador Seleshi has published over 30 referred articles, book chapters and books, over 60 research reports and working papers, and numerous conference papers and lecture materials. He served as a Resident/Guest Professor at various universities in Ethiopia and abroad. Served as a board member of universities, research organizations and business companiesAmbassador Seleshi is married with two sons. Ambassador Seleshi enjoys reading and playing basketball.
Dr. Duguma received the "2021 LEADS Africa's Patriotic Academic Award " in the Higher Education Leadership category. He also received "A Rising Star in Leadership Award" in 2019 from P2P. He was also appointed by Man Hee Lee HWPL Peace Advocate as a member of the HWPL Peace Advisory Council. Dr. Duguma has published a number of scholarly works.
Dr. Woldesenbet earned his degree in History from Addis Ababa University. He did his Ph.D. in Sociology of Education at Tampere university.
Mersha is a recognized expert in the field of genetic ancestry, race, admixture mapping and mining functional genomic databases related to complex diseases. Among his significant contributions, his team developed AncestrySNPminer, the first web-based bioinformatics tool to retrieve ancestry-informative markers from the genomic databases.
He has received multiple awards and honors, including a Faculty Research Achievement Award from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and African Professionals Network Business and Professional Achievement Award.
As a resident, he won the prestigious Mayo Brother's Distinguished Fellowship Award.