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Forging the Addis-LA bond

Fabiola Vilchez is President and Executive Director of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Inc. (SCOLA). Vilchez runs this organization in order to forge more diplomatic cooperation platforms with global partners through mutual interest.

Significance of party dialogue

Mushe Semu is the former president of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), one of the parties that made up the then Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), which took part in the historic 2005 elections. A banker by profession, Mushe is and had been an active member of the political discourse in Ethiopia for many years.

Looking into Ethiopian agriculture

Micheal Francom is an agricultural counselor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) liaison to the African Union. He has been in Ethiopia for more than three years following various activities that relate to agriculture.

Preserving A family legacy

Selamawit Samuel is the Vice President of Sunshine Investment, founded by her father Samuel Tafese, a local contractor and business tycoon. Involved in the areas of construction, hospitality and philanthropy, the family run company has been a pioneer on many fronts in Ethiopia.

The young versatile returnee

Heldana Tekeste is an Ethiopian-American who returned home in 2016. She has been involved in many areas, including the issues of startups and some humanitarian work.

Decades of foreign service in Africa

A great advocate for the rich bilateral relationship between his nation and Ethiopia, Ambassador Giuseppe Mistretta of Italy to Ethiopia as well as to the African Union, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as well as Djibouti and South Sudan is departing to take up his next big assignment as Director for Africa at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The German perspective

Brita Wagener is the new German Ambassador to Ethiopia. She arrived in Addis Ababa a month ago after the passing of her late colleague Ambassador Joachim Schmidt. Wagener came directly from New York where she was a consul general.