Solomon Nwaka, PhD
Executive Director – ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Solomon Nwaka’s scientific and management career spans different academic and public institutions, biopharmaceutical industry, product development partnerships and international organizations in several countries including Nigeria, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Japan, USA, Canada, Switzerland and Ethiopia. Presently he is the Executive Director of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) which is a Pan African organization with the vision to create a sustainable platform for health innovation in Africa. Previously he served as the interim Executive Director of ANDI, and headed various R&D units at the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining WHO, he served as Director of drug discovery and innovation at the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a product development partnership based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also worked on product R&D for specific communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as on basic and applied research at different public and private institutions around the world. He has published widely on global health, product R&D, public-private partnerships, networks as well as capacity building and utilization in developing countries.
Takele Geressu, MD, MPH
Technical Officer, ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa
Takele Geressu is a public health practitioner with over two decades of progressively increasing responsibilities at subnational and national levels. While serving with the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, he had led the introduction, piloting and scaling up of Directly Observed Short Course Treatment (DOTS), and successfully coordinated the set-up of a surveillance system and a nation-wide preparedness and response for anticipated epidemic of cerebrospinal meningitis. He had also served as an active member of a taskforce named by the then Prime Minister for the development of the country’s national health policy. As a Head of the Department of Epidemiology and AIDS he coordinated a team of experts towards a seminal health sector reform exercise with support from the World Bank. After departure from the public sector, Mr. Geressu had closely worked with health authorities at national and subnational levels towards a comprehensive health system response to unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortion. In his capacity as a Senior Advisor for Health and HIV to Irish Aid, he had co-chaired the Health Population and Nutrition Donors’ Group and provided technical inputs to the development, implementation and monitoring of the Health Sector Development Program. He was also an active member of different technical working groups serving as think-tank to the Ministry of Health. As a free-lance consultant, he had also served with the UNFPA and the Africa Union to win the support of African Heads of States and Governments for CARMMA (Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa).
Alemu Kidane, ACCA-UK
Finance and Admin Officer – ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Alemu Kidane is a Chartered Certified Accountant having experience in Administration, Financial Management, Project Management, Public Financial Management Reform & Capacity Building, Audit Chamber Reform and Capacity Building, and Auditing (both external & programme). Mr. Tekie is currently the Finance and Admin Officer of ANDI and is in charge of the overall administrative and financial support to ANDI. Prior to this assignment he worked as Technical Specialist – Project management & Public Expenditure Management with UNDP Sudan and has undertaken tasks associated with both project management and Public Expenditure Management. Prior to joining UNDP, he was recruited by Harvard University and served in the capacity of Public Financial Management Reform Advisor to the Federal Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Ethiopia and spearhead reform activities at both Federal and State levels. He also led Audit Chamber Reform and Capacity Building team in the capacity of Regional Audit Manager/Trainer to the South Sudan Audit Chamber (SSAC). In early times of his career Mr. Tekie served as Programme Auditor to the Embassy of Ireland in Ethiopia; and as an Audit Manager and Senior Auditor in a private audit firm.
Rahel Gizaw, MPH
Technical Officer – ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Rahel Gizaw is a public health expert with more than eight years of experience and holds an M.P.H from Johns Hopkins University. Rahel currently serves as a Technical Officer for African Network of Drugs and Diagnostic Innovation hosted in UNOPS in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ms. Gizaw has previously served as a Technical Advisor for Yale Global Health Leadership. As an advisor, she thought, oversaw and managed the implementation of a seven‐month training program focused on developing leadership, management, and governance capacities among Ethiopia’s 11 regional health bureaus. Previously, she was the Country Lead for Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health program in Ethiopia. As a Country Lead, she oversaw and facilitated the implementation of a strategic planning and management tool (Balanced Scorecard) by Balanced Scorecard Institute within the federal ministry of health in Ethiopia. As an Advocacy and Research officer with ActionAid Ethiopia, she led and coordinated an HIV resource tracking project and provided technical guidance on the research intersection between HIV and violence against women. Ms. Gizaw has published several publications on reputable journals including a publication on Lancet.
Executive Assistant – ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Beakal Bisrat has more than ten years experience in Office Administration in different International organizations. Presently she is working as an Executive Assistant of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) which is a Pan African organization with the vision to create a sustainable platform for health innovation in Africa. Previously she was working for Institute for Security Studies (ISS) a Pan African Think Tank as a Programme Administrator for five years and GIZ as a Management Assistant for 5 years. Her area of expertise is in office administration, budgeting/finance, event management (local and international), travel and logistical issues. She has long years of experience working with people from diverse cultural background.
Habtamu Welde Yohannes, MA
Communications and external Relations – ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Habtamu Weldeyohannes, trained on Communications and Journalism, has served as a communication and partnership relations focal point and advisor in governmental institutions and projects for more than five years. He was a chief communications advisor to the Association of Education and Training services for Children with Disability from 2010- 2011. Habtamu also acted as a communication focal person between UNESCO/IICBA and Hawassa CTE on UNESCO’s China Fund in Trust pilot project. He also served as a chief content manager for the official website of Hawassa CTE and overseen the design and production of communications materials including USAID/British Council/Link Community Development supported HIV/AIDS and Reproductive health communication materials. Habtamu was a content developer and co-host in an English community edutainment Radio program, “ELIC Panorama” aired for two years in Fana Broadcasting Corporate, Shashemene FM 103.4. He also acted as a content analyst for GIZ Conflict Resolution and peace Building campaign’s “Telling Our Own Peaceful Stories” booklets and other promotional Materials.
Ruth Getachew, MA
Communications and External Relations Associate – ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Ruth Getachew has over six years experience in Communications and External Relations in several international and local organizations including International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). She had served as the communications focal person for the 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (ICASA) which brought together over 10, 000 international delegates. During her tenure she has facilitated varieties of media relations and worked with international and national Media Houses. Ruth also acted as the promotion and communications officer for the Ethiopian Diabetes Association (EDA). In her capacity, she had served as the content developer and design layout manager of the official web site of EDA, served as the spokesperson of the Association in different stages and accomplished the developing, and distributing of the annual EDA magazine, “Lisane Siquar”, and other educational/promotional materials. She is also trained in Gender Studies and has worked as a Gender Expert consultant to Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoAREC&N). Ms. Getachew is currently working at ANDI/UNOPS in the capacity of Communications and External Relations Associate.
Rahel Bekele, BA
Finance and Administration Assistant – ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Rahel Bekele joined ANDI in 2015, bringing with her extensive experience in administration and finance. She Performs administrative and office support activities for the smooth running of ANDI Office. Before coming to ANDI, Rahel worked in the field of Finance and Administration in other organizations. She worked at the Johns Hopkins University as a Finance and Administration Officer and at Ethiopian Airlines as an assistant to the Manager in Total Quality Management Division. She has got the experience and knowledge in finance, human resource, office administration and event management. She holds BA in Economics from Addis Ababa University.
George Rugarabamu, PhD
Analyst, ANDI, UNOPS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
George joined ANDI in 2015 where he assumed technical responsibilities in ANDI’s Technology Development & Market Access team. Prior to joining ANDI, George was a doctoral researcher in molecular microbiology at the University of Geneva as an EVIMalaR PhD Fellow. Whilst in Geneva, he applied state-of-the-art genome engineering tools to unravel the biological function of genes required by apicomplexan parasites during the essential step of host-cell invasion. His work was featured in the Molecular Microbiology, Nature Communications and Carbohydrate Research journals. Prior to Geneva he conducted research on Kinetoplastid and Salmonella glycobiology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich as a Swiss Government Excellence Scholar, and was awarded MSc degree. He also holds a BSc degree in Biochemistry from Jacobs University Bremen (Germany). Apart from academia, George has been involved in numerous social entrepreneurship projects, notably with Vijana FM where he engaged East African youths on scientific research and reformulating national education policy.