012 – Jomo Tariku

Jomo Tariku was born in Kenya to Ethiopian parents. As a young boy growing up in Ethiopia, he was always drawn to the eclectic art pieces, souvenirs and furniture pieces his father collected while traveling across Africa. That combined with volunteering at a local woodshop in Addis, catapulted his interest in furniture design. Jomo graduated from The University of Kansas with a degree in Industrial Design.
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011 – Hamere Demissie

Hamere Demissie, Founder and CEO of Actuel Urban Living is a designer with a passion for contemporary art forms particularly furniture, interiors, fashion and visual arts. She has a dichotomous professional background going back and forth between her two lifelong passions of design and development economics – sometimes managing to miraculously combine her two passions in a single job. Hamere has worked as a designer of apparel, furniture and home furnishings and jewelry with various companies in the US, Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

009 – Saron Yitbarek

Saron Yitbarek is the founder of CodeNewbie, the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code. She’s also host of the weekly CodeNewbie Podcast and a program manager at Microsoft for Tech Jobs Academy, a technical training program for talented New Yorkers ready to launch their tech career.
You can follow her @saronyitbarek.
Hanna Kebbede

003 – Hanna Kebbede

Hanna M. Kebbede is an entrepreneur, artist, and founder of the Emahoy Tsege Mariam Music Foundation. Hanna has worked as a consultant in capacity building for international development projects and worked in more than a dozen countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. She has worked in capacity building sector on projects for the UN, where she structured and designed entrepreneur training projects in Bulgaria, civil service workforce training in East Timor, and global surface transport and port operations logistics training for WFP in Rome.

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001 – David Mesfin

David Mesfin was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At a young age he was exposed to advertising while working along side his father at Neon Addis Advertising. He immigrated to the US at the age of 14 and eventually graduated with a BFA degree in Visual Communication from California State University, Long Beach, he focused on national brand campaigns at several advertising agencies.

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