Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe and other publications.
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.
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.
A biopic depicting the life of Emahoy a survivor of Italian occupied Ethiopia, who at 85 became world famous with Ethiopiques 21.