Acumen Fellow Kibret is the Founder and CEO of Tebita, Ethiopia’s first private ambulance company. Car crashes are quite common in Addis—in 2016 alone, there were 463 fatal crashes, or about 13.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Quite often, the few ambulances provided by the government can’t or don’t make it to the scene of a crash in time, leaving people to find their own way to the hospital. Kibret witnessed life and life lost because people didn’t have access to urgent care. He believed these deaths could’ve been prevented if only emergency services could reach accident victims and provide them with proper treatment on the spot. The government’s ambulance service—even with the help of the Red Cross—couldn’t meet the city’s growing demand for emergency care.
Kibret named his company Tebita. In the Ethiopian language of Amharic , “tebita” means “a drop.” To Kibret, it’s his approach to problem-solving and changing the world around him.
Since Tebita was founded in 2008, the company has treated more than 65,000 people and trained another 45,000 in emergency first response. For Kibret, one of the most exciting parts of running Tebita today is not only saving lives, but also providing his fellow Ethiopians with employment.
Ms. Bruktawit Tigabu (Board Chairperson)
Whiz Kids & Tibeb Girls - Co-founder & General Manager
Bruktawit (Brukty) Tigabu, determined to improve conditions of Ethiopian children and deliver education on a mass scale, established Whiz Kids Workshop in 2005 (WKW) with her husband and began broadcasting Tsehai Loves Learning, Ethiopia’s first award winning preschool educational program. In addition to preschool programming, Brukty has developed three educational television series for youth. Little Investigators a science focused series and Involve Me is first of its kind reality series featuring one-minute creative short films created by underprivileged youth that give children a voice. Tibeb Girls is a new animation series about three Ethiopian adolescent superheroes taking the audience on a fun, imaginative and educational journey as they eagerly step up to understand and resolve the struggles girls face everyday. With Tibeb Girls innovative teaching/ learning approach, Whiz Kids Workshop is working on accelerated school program that help out of school children get back in school.
Whiz Kids Workshop won 2008 Prix Jeunesse International; Next Generation Prize as well as prestigious children educational media awards Japan prize in 2008, 2009 and 2010. It was also selected as a 2011 Tech Awards laureate for responding to the critical need to improve literacy rates and school retention rates in Ethiopia.
Brukty was named a Rolex Young Laureate in 2010 for her efforts to reduce the child mortality rate in Ethiopia through public health messaging. In 2012, she was named #45 on Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People In Business for 2012. Brukty was a featured speaker at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) on 2011 and served as a pre-jury member in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Brukty is one of the founding members of Social Enterprise Ethiopia and currently serving as board chairperson.
Mr. Ayatam Simeneh (Vice president)
Beautiful Minds - Co-founder & Executive Director
Beautiful Minds Ethiopia is making markets that work for communities by producing affordable handmade soap and recycling leftover soap and also educating people to make soap hand washing and hygiene a priority in their lifestyle. By getting initial investment from the Finnish Embassy and Reach for Change, we now deliver hand-washing soap and meaningful hygiene education. Our project now reaches 20 school with more than 29,000 students and our goal for the next two years is to reach 400 schools in Addis and reach 400,000 school children in the capital city alone and expand to other towns.
Ayatam is also the cofounder and vice-president of Social Enterprise Ethiopia, association of social entrepreneurs that advocate for thriving social enterprises. In 2017, Ayatam received the “Change Maker of the year’’ award from Reach for Change - a Swedish-based social enterprise incubator NGO, which included financial and training support for Beautiful Minds. In addition, Beautiful Minds Won Partner of the year award from the Finnish Embassy in Addis Ababa.
Ms. Melat (Fundraising and Resource mobilization lead)
Co-founder - Vitabite Nutrition
Melat Yosef is a co-founder and managing partner of Vitabite Nutrition, a company engaged in behavioral change communication on maternal and child nutrition through a different communication channel, training and cooking demonstration in rural and urban areas.
She has 10 years of experience in the areas of communication, marketing and administration. Melat holds a bachelor degree in public administration and development management and a Masters degree in marketing management. She is a co-author of a nutritional guide and cookbook.
Since establishment VtaBite, has partnered with an international development organization in designing behavioral change communication on maternal and child nutrition. Currently, Vitabite is getting in Moringa processing business by creating a value chain for women Moringa farmers in the southern part of Ethiopia. Melat is also one of the founding members of Social Enterprise Ethiopia.
Fassika (PR and Creativity Lead)
Fassika Fikre was born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. He attended Cathedral school for elementary studies and Lincoln international school of Uganda for his high school in Kampala Uganda. He left to Ottawa, Canada to pursue higher education. He received my BEng in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University. He worked in the aerospace field in Canada in various roles such as project management, robotics systems, quality management, technical support and customer relations. I also worked as a research engineer at Carleton University's mechanical and aerospace department mainly on control systems and system integration for supercritical water nuclear reactor test loops.
In 2012, he decided to move to Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, he established a renewable energy business that works to provide affordable solar energy systems. Furthermore, he co-founded and is the chief technology officer of a social enterprise named Maisha Technologies.”
Ms. Tizzita ( Secretary & Events Lead)
Tizzita Mengesha Tefera, holds an MSc in Social Entrepreneurship and Management from Roskilde University in Denmark. She has been engaged in the 3rd sector for as long as she can remember from working in the slums of Nairobi with Teenage mothers during my bachelor to volunteering at homeless shelters and soup kitchens in my time as a student in Copenhagen. She also worked in different local NGO’s here in Ethiopia, before She left to work full time on her start up. She also worked for UNICEF Denmark and was part of a team that created an innovation kit for the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (also known as KEA). She worked specifically on the social innovation element of the kit. She is also an academic who has done research in the field of social entrepreneurship and social innovation both in parts of Europe and Africa. Her last significant research was looking at how social tech innovation can be used to create impact in Kenya. She is also a Young African Leader Institute (YALI) Fellow, an Ashoka young emerging innovator and recently represented her organization in Silicon Valley as a Youth Champion a Rise Up and Packard Foundation Program. Finally she was part of the inaugural collective global accelerator in London, whereby she worked on different aspects of her organizations and did a demo day.
“At Maisha currently have two programs named mTena and Nisre-Tena. mTena is a SMS based mobile application that provides maternal and infant care information to pregnant women and new parents during gestation and nursing period. While Nisre-Tena is a drone blood delivery system, she overlook the technical side of mTena, and she designed and built the prototype Nisre-Tena fixed wing UAV.
Maisha is a social enterprise that works to provide social tech innovation based solutions to societal problems. Currently we work on bringing together social tech innovation and healthcare as such, we have 2 projects under this theme. The first is mTena which provides maternal and infant care information to women in Ethiopia via text. The second is NisreTena which is a drone based blood delivery system that we hope will help solve the major maternal mortality problem in rural areas, which we observed is linked to blood loss and inefficiencies in timely blood deliveries in these vulnerable areas.
Nebiyat Demeke (Membership lead)
Nebiyat Demeke was born on December 04, 1980 in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. I learned my elementary school at Ethiopia Andinet and attended my secondary school at Minilik secondary school and I have Diploma in Clinical Nurse from Ethio National Medical College, I have BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Rift valley University .Currently I am attending my Master’s program in social psychology and grounding on my final thesis in Addis Ababa University. I have a total of Nine years work experience in NGO taking posts such as Office Assistant, Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant, Data Encoder and Program Assistant.
In December 2016, I have founded Rohobot Nursing service seeing that home based service is hardly found in Ethiopia. This has helped me to touch lives and contribute meaningfully to people who are in need. I and my team are providing quality home-based health care service for chronic patients and old peoples at their own home. Currently, I have employed 6 full time health professionals and another team of 12 stand-by Nurses.”
Due to lack of home care services in Ethiopia, many chronic patients stay at hospital to get professional care and support which makes them to acquire new infection. When they became out patients it is the responsibility of their family, mainly women, to give them home care and support without any professional skill and knowledge. Such problem has a significant negative impact on the patients’ health and it will challenge on the family since they are forced to stay at home for treatment and sometimes they may lose their job.
As an opportunity to solve such problems easily, fresh graduate of medical college students, particularly private Colleges, have challenge of getting job. By providing a gap filling training by Rohobot nursing service skilled and professionals home care and rehabilitation service the patients get treatment in their home .The service include nursing care, emergency, re- habitation and nutrition .This has a positive impact on patients family in minimizing the burden and staying the family on their job. In addition with the provision of quality of service for patients, psychosocial and medical well-being of patients as well as their family members will be enhanced. Acquired new infections at hospitals will reduce; chronic illness patients’ gets professional care. With the same line, medical school graduates will get additional skill and employment opportunity.