Electric Power Welcomes New Boss

Feb 22 , 2020

The board of directors of Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) has selected Asheber Balcha to be the company's new CEO. He will be replacing Abraham Belay (PhD), who was recently appointed Minister of Innovation & Technology. Asheber received his MSc in international business from Greenwich University and took additional courses on sustainable energy engineering at KTH, a Swedish university. Asheber brings extensive experience to the position. He has served the EEP for the past 16 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as CEO of  Hydropower Projects. He has worked with Bedele Brewery, the Tekeze Hydropower Project and the Geba Hydropower Project. Abraham Belay is stepping into the minister post formerly held by Getahun Mekuria (PhD), who is leaving to serve as the Minister of Education.



A street lamp around Addis Abeba Stadium melds into the concrete backdrop emblematic of the capital's ageing infrastructure. Over the past few years, Ethiopia's electric grid has been subject to destruction and theft, subjecting the public treasury to hundreds of millions in losses. Nearly half of the country's population does not have access to electricity. A series of projects by the World Bank has contributed to the slight but essential upgrade to the nation's grid, including a 500 million do...



A trio of donkeys drag along the main road in front of Menlik School around the Arat Kilo area. While the four-legged domestic animal is a venerated member of the Ethiopian labour force, its skin and meat are increasingly valued in the international markets. Rhong Chang, a donkey slaughterhouse operating in Assela Town, Oromia Regional State reopened its services after a seven-year break two years ago. Public outroar has often accompanied the entrance of donkey abattoirs into Ethiopia since anot...



A bustling market emerges under a bridge in the boroughs of the Bole Michael area. Addis Abeba City Administration has launched a series of aesthetic initiatives embalmed in themes of beautification and urbanisation that have removed thousands of shops built with makeshift tents. Above a quarter of Addis Abeba's labour force is engaged in the informal economy, which while often associated with connotations of illegality, remains a sizeable employer in emerging economies across the world. Calibra...