H.E. Ambassador Fitsum Arega,
Keynote: The Diaspora is a lynchpin in making “It is My Dam” a reality: the evidence on the ground and priorities for future action, H.E. Ambassador Fitsum Arega, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the USA, (30 minutes)
Dr. Wosenu Abtew, Principal Engineer, Water and Environment Consulting Affiliated Faculty, FIU, Department of Earth and Environment
Thinking and planning: The GERD, all Nile Riparian nations and the inevitability of a Nile Water Sharing Agreement, Dr. Wossenu Abtew
Assefa M. Melesse, PhD., P.E., D.WRE Professor & Graduate Program Director Institute of Environment Department of Earth and Environment, AHC-5-390 Florida International University
Dr. Abraha Adugna Ashenafi is a State Minster in the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia and Assistant professor in Civil engineering Mekelle University. He obtained bachelor degree in Hydraulic Engineering with distinction in 2002 and MSc. in Water Science and Engineering specialized in hydro informatics in UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands in 2004. His PhD is in Water Resource Engineering. He has worked at different levels and positions in water sector before he joined Mekelle University. After joining the university, he was head of the department of civil engineering and researcher in water resource and environment chair. Then Join the water resource sector and leading the regional water resource bureau before he resumes the State Minster position. He is now working in the Ministry of Water, irrigation, and energy in a position of State Minster leading the irrigation development sector and the basins affairs authority.