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Our team

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​Dr. Tefera Gezmu

Founding Partner and General Manager

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.

EXPERIENCE:

  • 2022 - Current         @Adwa Partners, PLC

 MANAGING DIRECTOR & FOUNDING PARTNER

  • 2018 - 2022              @McKinsey & Company

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

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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:

  • 2020 - Current         @Nordic Medical Center, GoodRx

 PRACTICING INTERNAL MEDCINE SPECIALIST

  • 2017 - 2021              @Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia

CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE​

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MR. Samuel Hadis

Expert Partner, Logistics and Transportation

Samuel Haddis worked as Associate Consultant at McKinsey & Company in Addis Ababa. He has 13 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:

  • 2019 - 2022         @Ansif-Hebei Construction Group

 HIGHWAY ENGINEER

  • 2018 - 2019              @McKinsey & Company

 ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

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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:

  • 2021 - Current         @Tirunesh Beijing General Hospital

 PEDIATRICIAN

  • 2019 - 2021              @Tikur Anbesa Hospital

 RESIDENCY/RESIDENT PHYSICIAN IN PEDIATRICS

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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:

  • 2011 - 2022         @Adama University

 LECTURER AND RESEARCHER IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

  • 2017 - 2017              @Gakii Consultancy PLC

 ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

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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:

  • 2020 - 2022         @McKinsey & Company; Federal Ministry of Health

 FREELANCE CONSULTANT

  • 2018 - 2020              @Population Council

 PROJECT DIRECTOR

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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:

  • 2019 - 2021         @McKinsey & Company

 ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

  • 2018 - 2019              @Self-Employed

 MARKETING CONSULTANT

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