Addis Ababa University has conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree upon Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, at the University’s annual graduation ceremony held at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa on 13 July, 2019.
Guest of Honour of the ceremony Dr Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, handed over the degree to GebreMariam in recognition and honour of his achievements in the growth and expansion of Ethiopian Airlines.
After reading out the GCEO’s biography and achievements, Professor Tassew Woldehanna, President of Addis Ababa University said: “It is with great honor that Addis Ababa University confers the Honorary Doctorate Degree upon you in recognition of your relentless hard work and contribution for your country.”
GebreMariam said” “Over the decades, Ethiopian Airlines has become one of the leading global airlines and a source of pride for all Africans, thanks to relentless efforts, sense of ownership, consistent work ethic and discipline of the airline’s past and present employees and management. I accept this Honorary Doctorate Degree on behalf of all my colleagues, and I would like to congratulate them all!”
He added:“I believe that you, today’s graduates, will use the knowledge and skills you gained in campus and take advantage of the opportunities you will come across, and ultimately contribute your share for our country and the world at large.”
Tewolde GebreMariam has been serving Ethiopian Airlines for over 35 years including as the Airline’s CEO since 2011. He is a member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST) with United Nations; Chief Executive Board member of Star Alliance and Airlink Advisory Council; a member of the Board of Governors of International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) among others. (africanaerospace)