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Meet The Adwa Team.

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Dr. Tefera Gezmu

Dr. Tefera has extensive experience working with an array of public and private institutions in the US and Ethiopia. A medical epidemiologist and public health professional by training, Dr. Tefera comes with an over a decade of experience in global public health, pharmaceuticals, health program management, academic research & teaching, including work on public/global health consulting focusing on strategy development, research, risk mitigation and organizational transformation.

Founding Partner and General Manager

EXPERIENCE:

  •    MANAGING DIRECTOR & FOUNDING PARTNER

          Adwa Partners Consultancy, PLC | 2022 - Present        

   

  •    SENIOR ADVISOR, HEALTH EXPERT CONSULTANT & LEAD                     CLIENT/STAKEHOLDER MANAGER

          McKinsey & Company | 2018 - 2022         

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Dr. Christine Giordano

Partner and Health Sector Lead

Dr. Christine Giordano is an Internal Medicine US board-certified practicing physician with extensive experience in health education and migrant health services. She works in primary care and hospital medicine, in Native American health services and in community health centers that primarily serve immigrant communities. She has an interest in managing the chronic, non-communicable diseases. In addition to her clinical work, she produces medical content for the general public on a variety of health topics. 

EXPERIENCE:

  • PRACTICING INTERNAL MEDCINE SPECIALIST

       Nordic Medical Center, GoodRx | 2020 - Present        

   

  • CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE​

       Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia | 2017 - 2021       

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ENG. Samuel Hadis

Expert Partner, Logistics and Transportation

Samuel Haddis worked as Associate Consultant at McKinsey & Company in Addis Ababa. He has 15 years of experience in engineering, including design, construction, and project management. He has earned his B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering from Bahir Dar University in 2008.Experience working closely with the State Owned, Ethiopian Construction Works Corporation (ECWC) as a transport adviser and a Highway Engineer in Djibouti on a Turnkey project on the Addis Ababa – Djibouti Corridor.

EXPERIENCE:

  •  TRANSPORT ADVISOR 

        Ethiopian Construction Corporation (ECC) | 2022 - Present        

   

  • ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

       McKinsey & Company | 2018 - 2019        

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Dr. Selam Bisrat

Health Expert Partner and CPD Lead

Dr. Selam Bisrat is a specialist in pediatrics and child health with many years of experience in the Ethiopian health sector. She has worked in many of the government-owned hospitals in Addis Ababa and has an interest in community health, and prevention education for the public. She has been involved in developing training programs for all the hospitals she has worked at focusing on the professional development of healthcare workers and hospital staff. Dr. Selam has extensive experience in training medical students during her stay in Tikur Anbessa specialized hospital. Dr. Selam is a passionate clinician and dedicated public health expert-driven to improve and transform the healthcare sector in Ethiopian and make a measurable impact on the lives of all Ethiopians.

EXPERIENCE:

  • PEDIATRICIAN

       Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital | 2021 - Present       

  • RESIDENCY/RESIDENT PHYSICIAN IN PEDIATRICS

       Tikur Anbesa Hospital | 2019 - 2021      

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MR. Yelak Abebe

Expert Partner, Renewable Energy, and Power

Mr. Yelak has ten years of work experience in Process Engineering, including design, operation, and project management.​ Currently, Yelak works as a lecturer in the Chemical Engineering department at the Adama Science and Technology University. He is an expert in the fields of Renewable Energy Technology, Process integration and Optimization, Thermodynamics, and Process Dynamics and Control. As a researcher, Yelak’s Lab. focuses on alternative, green and sustainable energy production processes aimed at substituting conventional energy utilization practices of the industry sector.

EXPERIENCE:

  • LECTURER AND RESEARCHER IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

      Adama University | 2011 - 2022       

  • ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

       Gakii Consultancy PLC | 2017 - 2017    

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Mrs. Haney Shamil

Partner and Public Health Expert

Haney is a senior public health specialist with close to a decade of experience in policy development, implementation, and program management, with a focus on maternal and child, and adolescent health. Four years of experience working at the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, leading innovative initiatives to strengthen health systems across the country. Two years of experience with an international NGO as a project director leading the implementation of a girls’ education project. Over a decade of experience working in the U.S. in a number of settings, and strong clinical experience in maternal and newborn care and primary care in diverse settings.

EXPERIENCE:

  •  FREELANCE CONSULTANT

        McKinsey & Company; Federal Ministry of Health | 2020 - 2022       

  • PROJECT DIRECTOR

       Population Council | 2018 - 2020    

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Mr. Michael Awoke

Expert Partner and Transformation Project Lead

Michael was an Associate Consultant at the McKinsey & Company East Africa office, his work largely focused on transformational projects in the public sector including Ministries of Health, Finance, and EIC in Ethiopia; He has done this across several countries within Africa. Before joining McKinsey and Company, Michael has worked as a lecturer and Director of the Drug Information Center at the College of Health Sciences at the Addis Ababa University. He also comes with an extensive experience working with large pharmaceuticals like Sandoz, Novartis. He has also worked as a Health Commodities Importation and Marketing Consultant.

EXPERIENCE:

  •  ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

        McKinsey & Company | 2019 - 2021       

  •  MARKETING CONSULTANT

        Self-Employed | 2018 - 2019    

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