Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, has been named as one of the most influential people of African descent in the category of business and entrepreneurship at a ceremony held 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, recognizing high achievers in four categories namely Politics and Governance, Business and Entrepreneurship, Media & Culture and Religious and Humanitarian.
GebereMariam said: “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 bussiness. 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.”
He added: “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, capitalizing on one if the greatest assets of Africa, which is its young, fast-growing, and increasingly urbanized population.” (africanaerospace)