EWAC Workshop on Drought, Famine, and Food Insecurity in Ethiopia 

Saturday, March 23, 2024, 9:00 AM EST (4:00 PM Addis Ababa time)

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Opening speech: Ato Samuel Habte, EWAC General Secretary

Moderator: Dr. Kone Fseha, EWAC PR

Closing Speech: Prof. Achamyeleh Debela, EWAC Chairman of the Board of Directors


Dr. Semu Moges, EWAC VP

Topic: Legacy of Drought and Famine: Relationship with National and Human Security, Strategic and Institutional Failures. Dr. Semu is a water resources engineer with over 25 years of experience in…

H.E Ato Mersie Ejigu, EWAC President & CEO

Topic: Legacy of Drought and Famine: Relationship with National and Human Security, Strategic and Institutional Failures. Mersie Ejigu, Strategic planning and sustainable development expert, former Minister of Planning and Development…
Ahmed Amdihun Regional Programme Coordinator for Disaster Risk Management Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Dr. Ahmed Amdihun is a Regional Programme Coordinator for Disaster Risk Management at Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre.

Dr. Ahmed Amdihun

Topic: The Role of Drought Prediction, Early Warning System and Preparedness: Regional Experiences and National Response. Dr. Ahmed is a Regional Programme Coordinator for Disaster Risk Management at the Intergovernmental…
Technical Advisor – Social Behavioral Change Communications, Advocacy & Gender to FMoH - UKAID’s FPbC Project

W/ro Tigist –Kassa

Topic: The Current Drought Situation: Roles and Responsibilities of Stakeholders for Mitigation. Mrs. Tigist is a prominent figure in the fields of influencing, advocacy, and communication. As the founder of…
IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Center · Climate Diagnostics and Prediction PhD

Dr. Zewdu Segele

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Drought Prediction, Climate Change, Coping Mechanisms: Experiences for a Developing Country Dr. Zewdu has been a Project Scientist at the UCAR/NOAA/CPC International Desks since October 2022. He led the Climate…
University of Nebraska at Lincoln | NU · National Drought Mitigation Center Ph.D.

Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse

The Role of Drought Monitoring and Risk Reduction: Regional Experiences (Including the USA), Responses and Actions. Dr. Tsegaye Tadesse is a professor of applied climate and remote sensing within the…
Addis Ababa University | AAU · Center for African and Asian Studies PhD

Dr. Samuel Tefera Alemu

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The Role of Strategic Approaches to Drought Disaster Management: Dr. Samuel is an Assistant Professor and Asian desk Coordinator at the Center for African and Asian Studies at Addis Ababa…
Ethiopian Waters Advisory Council Board members

EWAC Statement on Recent GERD/Nile Developments – Press Release Aug 2022

GERD/Nile International Symposium for Equitable and Sustainable Use

Session I – Oct 16 & 17 —— Session II – Oct 23 & 30, 2021

Ethiopian Waters Advisory Council (EWAC) in collaboration with GERD Consortium and GERD Alliance groups is announcing a global Symposium.

Event Highlights

• To present Ethiopian Scholar’s perspective of the hydropolitical and technical imperatives of the Nile/GERD issues.
• To generate a menu of themes, ideas, and programs for future work.
• To present a scientific and professional path for sustainable and equitable development of the GERD/Nile cooperatively.

Session 1 – Day 1 – Sat, Oct 16

Keynote Speaker:-HE. Dr-Ing Seleshi Bekele, Minister – Chief Negotiator and Advisor on Transboundary Rivers and GERD, Office of the Prime Minister, Ethiopia.

Ethiopia’s Water Resources as Pillar of Development: Vision and roadmap,  (30 minutes)

Ethiopia Cannot Negotiate on its Lifeline: His Excellency——

Session1 – Day 2, Sun, OCT 17

Keynote: Landscape Management to Ensure Sustainable Utilization of the GERD, Dr. Gete Zeleke,
Director, Water and Land Research Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (30 minutes)


Why this symposium now, Dr. Aklog Birara,
EWAC chairman, (10 minutes)

For Whom?

For Policy Makers

Those who frame the plan pursued by the Government that enacts the laws and provides the guidance. 

For Research, Water & Engineering Professionals

Whether you’re entry-level or a seasoned professional, you’ll benefit from the comprehensive schedule of sessions, case studies and presentations.

For The Ethiopian people and civil Society

The Nile Symposium covers every facet of Nile Basin issues in one three-day event.

Speakers – Oct 23

Keynote Speaker–H. E. Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the UN,
Changing the narrative and mindsets at the United Nations—How Ethiopia made the
GERD impasse an African matter (30 minutes)

Why this symposium now, Dr. Aklog Birara,
EWAC chairman, (10 minutes)

Symposium III Speakers – OCT 30

From conception to sustained implementation: Resource mobilization in action

Keynote: Professor Mekuria Mekasha, Chairman, Media, Addis Ababa University,
Ethiopia, “Critical Media Discourse Analysis on the GERD” (30 minutes).


Why this symposium & EWAC, Dr. Aklog Birarra,
EWAC Chairman, (10 minutes)

Dr. Alem Gebriel – Moderator

        Dr. Kone Feseha – Master of the Ceremony

Roundtable Interactive Panel Discussion A– consisting of six panelists (an hour)New York, Arizona, California, Toronto,  Colorado  & Tennessee GERD Support Groups.
Roundtable Interactive Panel Discussion B– consisting of six panelists (an hour)AEPAC, Atlanta, North Carolina, Houston, Dallas,  & EWAC.

Mr. Samuel Habte, Moderator Session II, EWAC General Secretary, (10 minutes)

GERD/Nile International Symposium Coordinating Committee
GERD/Nile International Symposium Editorial Committee