Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia

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Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, a subsidiary of Fair & Sustainable Consulting (fairandsustainable.nl) based in the Netherlands, is a business development consultancy company registered in Ethiopia since 2009. With a team of competent national and international consultants, F&S Ethiopia aims to provide inclusive and long-lasting solutions in Ethiopia and in other African countries in various topics of development.

|  Value Chain Development

|  Market Systems Development

|  Gender in Value Chains

|  Youth employment

|  Food & Nutrition Security

|  Contract Farming / Out-grower Scheme

|  Microfinance

|  Value Chain Finance

|  Cooperatives Development

|  Training & Coaching

|  Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

|  Project Management

|  Hosting & Representation

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.

Assegid T. Gedamu

Assegid T. Gedamu

General Manager View Details
Teklemariam Awoke

Teklemariam Awoke

Consultant View Details
Victor van der Linden

Victor van der Linden

Consultant View Details
Hibiete Tesfay

Hibiete Tesfay

Consultant View Details
Gizaw Legesse

Gizaw Legesse

Consultant View Details
Sarah Assefa

Sarah Assefa

Consultant: Linking and Learning, Environment View Details
Oscar Geerts

Oscar Geerts

Consultant View Details
Meskerem Rimeester

Meskerem Rimeester

Consultant: Linking and Learning, Networking, Facilitation View Details
Abdissa Tegene

Abdissa Tegene

Consultant 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
Ayalew Abebe

Ayalew Abebe

Consultant View Details
Jelleke de Nooy

Jelleke de Nooy

Associate Consultant, based in the Netherlands View Details
John Otini

John Otini

Associate Consultant, based in Kenya View Details
Assegid T. Gedamu

Assegid T. Gedamu

General Manager

Areas of Expertise
– Project management
– Organizational/thematic Capacity development
– Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) development
– Market Systems Development (M4P)
– Participatory community
– Youth development

Assegid is a seasoned development practitioner and consultant, with valuable experience in sustainable rural development programs. His engagement on freelance consultancy, among others, encompasses – Project management, Organizational/thematic Capacity development, SMEs, and Participatory community/youth development. Since 2008, Assegid has conducted numerous studies, evaluation assignments, and program management support to several international and national organizations. Multidisciplinary in approach, he believes that structural issues (in socio-political-economic context) often play a crucial role in advancing human development, not just through technical solutions. He holds a BSc in forestry/NRM and M.A. in rural development; an advanced diploma in Enterprise development through Value chains; as well as professional certificates in contemporary development topics. He’s a certified International Project Manager. Assegid has an extensive experience & wide exposure in short-term consultancy works as well as facilitated a number of training workshops in over 10 countries, particularly in eastern and southern part of Africa. Assegid is currently serving as General Manager for Fair & Sustainable Consulting (Ethiopia), and he lives in Addis Ababa with his family.

Teklemariam Awoke

Teklemariam Awoke

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
– Microfinancing
– Cooperatives support
– Value chain development
– Business planning
– Organizational Management
– Social Performance Management
– Entrepreneurship & Marketing
– Small & medium enterprises business support

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

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).

Hibiete Tesfay

Hibiete Tesfay

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
– Gender in Value Chains
– Community Empowerment
– Program Management
– Documentation & Project Visibility

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.

Gizaw Legesse

Gizaw Legesse

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
– Communications & Project Visibility
– Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning
– Data management & Analysis
– Documentation of Field Practices
– Experience Capitalization
– Marketing: Training & Coaching

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.

Sarah Assefa

Sarah Assefa

Consultant: Linking and Learning, Environment
Oscar Geerts

Oscar Geerts

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
– Value chain development
– Market systems development (MSD)
– Entrepreneurship
– Marketing/Market research

Oscar is a business development consultant for the agricultural sector. He has worked as researcher, project coordinator and advisor for projects involving smallholder farmers, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and private sector organizations, amongst others. For 6 years, Oscar has been working in Ethiopia and since July 2017 he joined the Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia team as a consultant. His specializations are value chain development, entrepreneurship, market systems development (MSD) and marketing/market research. Oscar holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration – Small Business & Entrepreneurship from the University of Groningen and has a Bachelor’s degree in Facility Management from the Hanze University in Groningen. Oscar is fluent in Dutch and English and has no difficulty to converse in German.

Meskerem Rimeester

Meskerem Rimeester

Consultant: Linking and Learning, Networking, Facilitation
Abdissa Tegene

Abdissa Tegene

Consultant

Areas of expertise:
– Microfinance
– Access to finance for rural households
– Agricultural value chain development and analysis
– Gender
– Youth employment
– Market and business development
– Micro franchise social business model
– Market linkage
– Food security

Abdissa is result oriented, analytical and passionate in development interventions. His educational background MA in Development studies with specialization of Development Management, has given him the right skill set and knowledge to craft sustainable development. Having BA in Business Administration and numerous short-term trainings in various themes have given him good perspective and understanding of, particularly, rural contexts and livelihoods.
He is an experienced leader, manager and expert in rural development of Ethiopia with a demonstrated history of working with INGOs and in the private sector. In the last 18 years he has worked with and provided consultancy service for various organizations in Ethiopia, such as Oxfam GB, SOS Shale, ICCO Cooperation, GIZ and others.
Abdissa has modeled, designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated as well as managed various projects in the areas of Micro financing, market and business development, food security, livelihoods, youth employment services, economic development, market linkage, climate change, and pro-poor value chain development and analysis.
One of his recent success is the establishment of micro franchise social business model in four regions of Ethiopia. Adopted from CARE Bangladish, it is a business led women economic empowerment model which helps to improve the social and economic status of marginalized, destitute and poor women.
He is also winner of the 2013 and 2014 “Human Story Contest”, international contests organized by CARE International. In addition he has two publications in the area of microfinance and climate change, namely “Factors Affecting loan repayment performance of Micro finance clients” and “Mini Study on Climate vulnerability capacity assessment”.
Currently Abdissa is working for Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia as a senior business development consultant.

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

Ayalew Abebe

Ayalew Abebe

Consultant

Areas of Expertise
– Value chain development
– Market systems Development (M4P)
– Gender in Value Chain
– Equity Finance
– Marketing/Market research
– Proposal development
– Monitoring & Evaluation

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.

Jelleke de Nooy

Jelleke de Nooy

Associate Consultant, based in the Netherlands
John Otini

John Otini

Associate Consultant, based in Kenya

Areas of expertise
– Project management
– Enterprise development
– Research and studies

John Otini is a Kenyan citizen and a career development practitioner since 1999. He started his career in emergency and humanitarian context in Southern Sudan where he worked in education and child protection projects.

In 2007, John moved back to Kenya program and settled for community development interventions through 2012 while he joined the social enterprise band wagon which remains to be his passion to date.

John’s training background in the development context comprises of Sociology, Development Studies, Project Management and Enterprise Development.
Currently he lives in Eldoret Town in Kenya with his wife of 17 years and their three sons.

focus

FOCUS

Inclusiveness

Inclusiveness

We support not-for-profit development organizations, private companies, and knowledge institutions to work on fair, sustainable and inclusive economic development in developing countries.

Market-Systems

Market Systems

We identify and analyze value chains within market systems and include those actors who are decisive for success to help smallholder farmers and producers thrive with the system.

Sustainability

Sustainability

We aim for long-lasting and sustainable solutions that enable people to build their own capacities and enhance their lives.

Local Talent

Local Talents

We make use of all available local talents and capacities, to achieve the greatest impact, now and in the future.

Food-Security

Food & Nutrition Security

In all our economic development efforts, achieving food and nutrition security has been the core element.

Networking

Networking

We create and maintain development networks to work together with our international consultants to offer you tailor-made and contextualized support and advice.

clients

CLIENTS

We are proud of the many clients we have served. Below are only some of the organizations we provided our services. We look forward to add you to this list.

AgriProFocus
Heineken
SNV
Nuffic
Helvetas

 

WUR
BENEFIT
ENTAG
BENEFIT-CASCAPE
Sesame Business Network

 

DCA Alliance
CAFOD
SCIAF
Trocaire
NIMD

 

cnfa
Precise
CBI
Perspactive
GIZ

 

OXFAM
EKN
ICCO Cooperation
Dorcas
Care