With a wide-ranging domestic and international experience serving as a professional consultant and member of the development corps, I learnt to embrace corporate culture and systems. I have been a speaker, panelist judge, appeared as political panelist on TV CBC and even a script editor.

Experience

  • Founder and CEO

    at Abrabrand ( Startup)

    September 2016 - at Present

    Washington, D.C.

    An integrated branding solutions and brand incubator startup utilizing information communications and technology to change the image and perception of multicultural markets by providing digital branding, public diplomacy, organization development and content as well as multimedia productions.

  • Founder and Managing Director

    at Afrolehar LLC

    November 2009 - at Present

    Washington, D.C.

    A cross-cultural branding company established to provide organizational development and branding solutions to Diaspora organizations while developing our internal technology based solutions targeting African markets.

  • Independent Business Consultant

    at SME & Filmmakers, authors

    April 2008 - November 2011

    Washington, D.C.

    From organizational development to external communications and distribution of films and books, I was able to negotiate and secure screening venue, media partners, sponsorship and distributors. Restructured and systematized businesses by integrated technology and processes for efficiency. I participated as judge for business competition.

  • Research, writing and editing

    at Authors & Publications

    January 2007 - May 2010

    Washington, D.C.

    I wrote my manuscript about globalization and the effects on Sub-Sahara Africa; Edited manuscripts and film scripts for independent filmmaker and authors, and Edited and reviewed reports for Dr. Milikias, professor at Concordia University, and Dr. Acklyn Lynch, former professor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

  • Program Associate/Coordinator

    at IHEP

    March 2007 - November 2007

    Washington, D.C.

    I coordinated the effective management of NATN 2 million dollars higher education membership program; Negotiated contracts for cost effective and enhanced event management systems; Designed and developed Corporate Leadership programs and proposals for Corporate sponsorship solicitation; Redesigned the NATN membership online platform of 1500 members [educators + faculty + staff] from HBCU / HSI /Tribal colleges, and Planned and organized annual events, which required site selection, program design and budget management.

  • Regional Representative

    at Startup JV

    April 2006 - September 2006

    Delaware

    I executed the 1st Employment Forum in Accra Ghana bringing together 500 people for a one day program to meet recruiters, trainers and network with participants; Registered 22 paying companies to use our products and participate at the program (i.e.: Coca Cola company-West Africa and Freemont Mining); Secured the endorsement of the Ministry of Manpower and Employment Ghana, secured radio sponsor 96.3 Citi FM and commitment of coverage from GhanaTV aside from and gained 30 newspapers and radio coverage the day of the event; Managed marketing campaign including a press conference and post-event engagement, and Trained human resources/ recruiters staff of mining companies on “How to use our product” that is a technology based solution to reduce cost-per-hire.

  • AFRICAN UNION/ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA | LIAISON OFFICER/ PROGRAM ASSISTANT

    at Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) | International Organization for Migration (IOM)

    August 2005 - April 2006

    Ādīs Ābeba Āstedader

    I designed, developed and trained an 11 weeks ICT program to 10 Management level officers from the Addis Ababa Diaspora Investment Authority; Planned and organized special events for 125 dignitaries and liaised with Governments, diplomatic corps & International Organizations leadership; Assisted in the production of communication materials including the translation of documents, presentations, and communiqués, in addition to preparing proposals on a Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) program and on education which were submitted to funders and partners like the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Selected as member of the planning committee for the African Union 1st Cultural Congress chaired by Commissioner Bience Gawanas and Represented IOM office at various high-level meetings including events hosted by the Late Prime Minister Meles at the Palace in Addis Ababa, IGAD meetings and other programs including Disaster readiness taskforce meetings.

Education

  • ICT

    at Netcorps

    2005 - 2005 (1 year) Québec

  • TESL

    at Oxford Seminars

    2004 - 2004 (1 year)

Services offered

  • Research & Writing

    From editing to writing and translating from French to English ( vis versa).

    Wide range of subjects from machine learning to cryptocurrency and country branding.

  • Business development

    Companies and other stakeholders interested to go global, I am able to assist with market analysis and partnership building.

  • Public Diplomacy

    Targeted towards Governments and government representatives, public diplomacy is a must for country branding.

  • Digital Branding

    Enhancing your online presence and content production.

  • Content Production

    Content, content and more content can be produced for podcast, Vlogs, video and integrated creative production for memorable user experiences.

Languages

  • English Native

  • French Native

  • Amharic Negotiation

  • Spanish Conversation

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