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Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia is an Ethiopian development consultancy company established in 2009 in answer to an increasing demand for qualified value chain and business development expertise in food security and agriculture in Ethiopia. We are registered as a private consultancy company (F&S BD Service PLC).

We are a subsidiary of the Fair & Sustainable Holding in the Netherlands and work closely together with our sister company Fair & Sustainable Consulting based in Utrecht.

With our qualified and experienced consultants and associates based in the Netherlands, we provide development consultancy services in Ethiopia and other east African countries.

We always make sure that we are:

  • Inclusive
  • Fair
  • Sustainable
  • Environmentally Concerned
  • Intergenerational
team

Team

By combining the expertise, experience and skills of our consultants and specialists, we can offer you high quality services. All our consultants have extensive experience in the Netherlands and in developing countries around the world, and have developed a good understanding of what is feasible in terms of context and culture. We are able to bridge the gap between different worlds.

If complementary technical knowledge or skills are required, we work together with associate consultants, who can be engaged for specific assignments.

Annet Witteveen

Annet Witteveen

General Manager & Consultant View Details
Ayalew Abebe

Ayalew Abebe

Consultant: Value Chain Development, Equity Finance View Details
Teklemariam Awoke

Teklemariam Awoke

Consultant: Business Development, Finance View Details
Victor van der Linden

Victor van der Linden

Consultant: Value Chain Development View Details
Sarah Assefa

Sarah Assefa

Consultant: Linking and Learning, Environment View Details
Meskerem Rimeester

Meskerem Rimeester

Consultant: Linking and Learning, Networking, Facilitation View Details
Gizaw Legesse

Gizaw Legesse

Consultant: Business Visibility, Communication, Media View Details
Hibiete Tesfay

Hibiete Tesfay

Consultant: Gender View Details
Meskerem Bedilu

Meskerem Bedilu

Finance & Admin Head View Details
Seble Sisay

Seble Sisay

Finance & Admin Officer View Details
Tihut Befkadu

Tihut Befkadu

Junior Finance & Admin Assistant View Details
Jelleke de Nooy

Jelleke de Nooy

Associate Consultant, based in the Netherlands View Details
Annet Witteveen

Annet Witteveen

General Manager & Consultant

As a rural development practitioner, Annet has worked on a vast range of issues in rural livelihoods and food security, agriculture and natural resources governance, gender, market development and livestock development. She is experienced in programme development and management (design, acquisition, planning, transfer into action, human resource management, finance and administration, monitoring, evaluation), facilitation and training (incl. multi-stakeholder processes, development of methods and tools, building of capacities) and human and institutional development/organizational strengthening.

For over 25 years, Annet has worked in agricultural and market development programs in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe for various international organisations, both as an advisor/teamleader and as a freelance consultant. Since January 2016, she is the General Manager of Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia.

Able to create clarity in difficult and complex situations and processes and with sound analytical and writing skills, Annet’s practical and problem-solving approach will assists you to search for realistic and functional solutions that are built on and respectful to local capacities and culture.

Ayalew Abebe

Ayalew Abebe

Consultant: Value Chain Development, Equity Finance

Mr. Ayalew Abebe is a Certified Management Consultant specialized in market research, pro-poor value chain studies, matchmaking for finance and market, and Business Development Services. He obtained his first degree in Business Management and second degrees in Rural Development (first level distinction) from Addis Ababa University and Indria Gandhi National Open University, respectively. Over the past fourteen years, he has worked for international consulting firms, international NGOs, government parastatals, and business conglomerates with the capacities of project manager, research specialist and business development advisor.

Teklemariam Awoke

Teklemariam Awoke

Consultant: Business Development, Finance

Areas of Expertise:

-Microfinancing
-Value chain development
-Business planning & organizational Management
-Social Performance Management
-Entrepreneurship & Marketing
-cooperatives development
-Small & medium enterprises business support

Background:

Teklemariam Awoke is has 17 years of work experience in different government and private business organizations in Ethiopia out of which he spent 11 years in the Ethiopian microfinance sector. He has experience in microfinancing, rural finance, business planning & organizational management, market linkage & value chain development, entrepreneurship & marketing, cooperative development, and social performance management, & micro &small enterprise development.

By profession, he is an accountant, marketer, and business manager. He lived and worked in Ethiopia.

Victor van der Linden

Victor van der Linden

Consultant: Value Chain Development

Areas of expertise:
– Private sector driven approaches to development
– Value chain analysis and development
– Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach
– Programme and Project design, evaluation and reporting
As researcher and practitioner, Victor has worked on: value chain / supply chain analysis and development, setting up partnerships for smallholder inclusion in value chains, cooperative arrangements between private / public / civil society sector, program development, strategic advice, monitoring and evaluation of development programs.
Victor has worked on value chain development projects in West Africa for 5 years, being based in Bamako, Mali. He was Consultant / Manager of Fair & Sustainable West Africa for the last 2,5 years of that period. His professional experience lies in the field of sustainable economic development. He has worked in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Benin, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and India.
Fluent in Dutch, English and French, able to conceptualize development challenges from both a business and a development perspective, and develop tailor made models for smallholder farmer inclusion in national and international value chains, Victor can add value to your development initiative.
Victor holds a Masters degree in both International Business (University of Maastricht) and International Development (International School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Amsterdam).

Sarah Assefa

Sarah Assefa

Consultant: Linking and Learning, Environment
Meskerem Rimeester

Meskerem Rimeester

Consultant: Linking and Learning, Networking, Facilitation
Gizaw Legesse

Gizaw Legesse

Consultant: Business Visibility, Communication, Media

Started his career as a Journalist on a weekly newspaper called Awramba Times in 2008, Gizaw Legesse has developed his knowledge of the country’s social, political and legal environment for four years. At the time, as Deputy Editor-in-Chief, he was responsible for editing and writing variety of Columns as well as monitoring the whole content of the newspaper on legal aspects. By the time he joined his current organization – Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia – in April 2014, he has already further developed his creative and communication skills with a formal education and experience in Creative and Graphic Designs.

Currently Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia hosts and implements a number of agricultural related development programs which Gizaw Legesse plays key role in most of them. He is the Communication Facilitator for the AgriProFocus Ethiopia network; his tasks include: managing the online interaction of www.agriprofocus.com/ethiopia platform with over 1700 online members, managing related Social Media Accounts (Twitter and Facebook), and organizing networking events for members (starting from designing PR materials to event facilitation and reporting). In parallel, he manages the www.foodsecurityethiopia.nl platform (and its Social Media outlets) established by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia for the purpose of reflecting food security programs of the Embassy.

In 2014 he was trained and certified by akvoflow.org on how to manage the dashboard of the AkvoFlow Mobile Survey application. Since then he has worked on AkvoFlow and similar survey and data collection tools – preparing questionnaires, training enumerators, analyzing data – for varies types of surveys requested by organizations and programs such as SNV, BENEFIT-SBN, DairyBISS, FSRE Fund and so on.

Hibiete Tesfay

Hibiete Tesfay

Consultant: Gender

Her career journey has touched different sectors and programmes that include education, media, development programmes and gender and community empowerment both in Ethiopia and oversees for more than a decade. As a teacher I taught in country and in Kyoto Japan for three years. I joined the media sector as a reporter and had got the position of deputy editor in the English service of the national television of Ethiopia. She won a one year scholarship award FK-Norway sponsored by the Norwegian Prime Minster Office to get the opportunity to work in Tanzania as a feature writer in the newspaper called ‘The African’ and researcher at the Tanzania Media Women Association in 2007. Since then she started to involve in gender and related topics. Through working in media in producing documentaries and reportage on different political and social issues, she become more engaged in different research and training opportunities. This has driven her to join the development sector with particular focus on gender and community empowerment. Working for an international NGO as a gender officer and programme support officer, she managed gender mainstreaming works both at institutional and community level. This includes income generating activities, community empowerment and leadership. In addition, she has worked on WASH, Livelihoods and Health programmes with particular focus on programme management.

Meskerem Bedilu

Meskerem Bedilu

Finance & Admin Head
Seble Sisay

Seble Sisay

Finance & Admin Officer
Tihut Befkadu

Tihut Befkadu

Junior Finance & Admin Assistant

Graduated with a degree on Environmental Science and Sustainable Development from Hope College in 2017, she is now involved in many activities in F&S Ethiopia, mainly assisting the admin and facilitation staffs

Jelleke de Nooy

Jelleke de Nooy

Associate Consultant, based in the Netherlands

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