Panelists

Dr. Mehari Mekonnen

Senior Advisor, Finance & Investment, East African Holding Share Company.

Dr Mehari holds Ph.D. degree in Finance & Investment, MBA in Corporate Finance, Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Economics, Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting, and Diploma in Law. 

Dr. Mehari was serving as an Associate Dean for the Faculty of Business & Economics, and Chairman of the Department of Accounting & Finance at Addis Ababa University. Dr. Mehari is a Certified Management Consultant, in Finance & Investment, and advises local and foreign companies. He counsels investors in the formation of financial institutions, performs feasibility studies, and engaged in joint venture due diligence and investment dealings. 

Dr. Mehari published a book, journal articles, and produced a number of working papers. He also published articles on capital markets, real estate finance, financial development, etc., in local magazines and newspapers. 

Dr. Mehari is also a member of the Board of Directors in a number of companies and an NGO. He is lecturing at various academic institutions and advising postgraduate researches. Currently, he is an adjunct assistant professor of finance and investment at the College of Business & Economics, Addis Ababa University. He is also a full-time Senior Advisor, in Finance & Investment, at the East African Holding Share Company.

Dereje Gelana

Consultant at AABE and Lecturer at AAU

Dereje is a professional consultant and lecturer at Addis Ababa University.  He earned his first degree in accounting and Master of Business Administration from Addis Ababa University. He is ACCA qualified and has also obtained various professional training   certificates.

He has more than 19 years of experience in the area of accountancy, auditing, consultancy and teaching accounting and finance. He worked at Auditor General of Oromia as an auditor and in Ethiopian Insurance Corporation as an accountant.  Currently he is working as consultant and lecturer at Addis Ababa University. He is providing consultancy service to AABE in conducting financial report review. He has also provided professional consultancy services for different entities which include designing accounting system, adoption of IFRS and IPSAS, technical support for city administrations on financial management, financial statement reviews and training on internal audit, internal control, financial management, etc

Birberssa Demisse

Managing Partner, ASGB Partners

Birberssa has over 26 years of experience in delivering audit and assurance and various consultancy services.

He had a key role on drafting of the Ethiopian Financial Reporting Law as a member of the national technical committee. He served as President of Ethiopian Professional Association of Accountants and Auditors (EPAAA). He is currently, a member of Board of Directors of Accounting and Auditing Board of Ethiopia.

He is recognized by ACCA UK office for his outstanding contribution to the accountancy and finance profession in Ethiopia.

Birberssa has a BA degree in Accounting from Addis Ababa University (with distinction), fellow ACCA, Fellow ACCA, MBA from Edinburgh Business School and Diploma in IPSAS from The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA). 

TERESSA URGESSA

Managing Director, United Beverages S.c

After nearly 10 years of experience in finance leadership roles in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Sector with renowned multinationals including Heineken, Unilever, and Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, Teressa joined United Beverages Sc in the capacity of Finance Director. Since the company was just commencing operation, it presented an ideal opportunity to take an active part in setting up the company’s foundations in a solid base. 

Shortly after, he was assigned as the Managing Director of the company. In this capacity, he is responsible for steering and executing the company’s strategies, overseeing the company’s financial performance, investments, and other business ventures, and helping the company achieve its long-term and short-term goals. 

Teressa invested almost his entire career in the beverage industry. Teressa has an MBA, MA in Cooperative Accounting and Finance, BA in Cooperatives Accounting and Auditing, and Diploma in Accounting.

SAMSON AMDISSA

Director Finance and Treasury, Tsehay Bank S.C.

Samson have a vast experience in accounting and finance.  He led the project team in IFRS conversion and post implementation for the largest commercial bank in the country, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia.   

He has received various certifications on IFRS including IFRS Training of Trainers (TOT) provided by Accounting & Auditing Board of Ethiopia and the World Bank Ethiopia Country Office. He was also a member of technical adviser to the Board of director of Accounting & Auditing Board of Ethiopia (AABE).

Samson is member of ACCA and also holds Diploma in International Financial Reporting. He has also BA and a Diploma in Accounting.  

Birhanu Abebe

Tax Audit Directorate Director, Ministry of Revenue

MBA, BA. More than 20 years of experience in auditing and tax.