Ethiopian GCEO receives ‘Most Influential People of African Descent’ award

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam has been recognised as one of the most influential people of African descent in the category of business and entrepreneurship at the recently held ceremony in Addis Ababa.

The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) is a global civil society initiative in support of the United Nation’s International Decade for People of African Descent, recognising high achievers in four categories namely Politics and Governance, Business and Entrepreneurship, Media & Culture and Religious & Humanitarian.

Regarding the recognition, Tewolde GebreMariam remarked, “It is an absolute honour to have received this prestigious recognition, an accolade that highlights the contribution of high achievers to Africa. First and foremost, my recognition is a tribute to the hardworking Ethiopian employees, ardent management members, the board and the government of Ethiopia at large. The award attests the incredibly important role Ethiopian airlines plays in the integration of Africa through a robust business. I have always taken a great deal of pride that Ethiopian is catalysing the much-needed trade and investment, tourism and people-to-people relations in the continent and beyond.”

“We, African business leaders, who wield an influence in Africa’s business and economic circles should promote business and entrepreneurship in collaboration with all concerned stakeholders to help ensure sustainability and development, capitalising on one if the greatest assets of Africa, which is its young, fast-growing, and increasingly urbanised population,” Tewolde urged.

When cut-throat competition is bound to be the order of the day in the aviation industry, under his leadership, Tewolde has demonstrated an outstanding strategic thinking and direction in spearheading the strikingly exceptional growth trajectory of Ethiopian and put the airline on global aviation industry “game changers” map, under a 15-year growth roadmap, Vision 2025, a growth plan what the rest of the world referred to as “over ambitious and unattainable growth plan.”