Our Senior Leadership Team

Edward ('Eddy') Brown

National Director-Ethiopia


Edward Brown, WV Ethiopia National Director


Edward has served for over 17 years in World Vision, taking on a variety of roles, both at Field Office level and at World Vision's United States (WVUS) Office. Most recently, over the past six years, he has served as the National Director for World Vision in Zimbabwe.

Prior to Zimbabwe, Edward held roles as the Senior Director for Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs (HEA) at WVUS; Chief of Party for the $250 million Consortium for the Southern Africa Food Emergency; and World Vision's HEA/Relief Director in Zimbabwe. Edward has been National Director of World Vision in Ethiopia since April 2016.

Edward has written numerous articles (World Vision Magazines, Foreign Policy Association, Slant Magazine, papers and successful proposals (including over $300 million total in funding from USAID, WFP and private donors). He published a book in 2008 titled “From The Forbidden Fruit to the Final Feast: Biblical References to Food in the Bible and What They Teach Us About God, Hunger and the Human Condition.”

An avid traveler, Edward is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and loves learning about cultures and history. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.

In 1998 Eddy graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York City and was first in his 1996 class at the University of Maine with a B.A. in International Affairs, double majoring in Political Science and Cultural Anthropology. 

Edward is married to Sandra Marisa Guerra Carmelino Brown and has two daughters, Eliana and Elizabeth Grace. Edward and his wife have been involved in many ministries over the years, including current evangelical and humanitarian outreach through Avondale Christian Church in Harare.


Elenie Mergia

Field & Sponsorship Management Division Director


 Elenie Mergia, Field and Sponsorship Manager


Elenie joined World Vision Ethiopia in February 1998 after four years’ experience in the Ministry of Agriculture. She joined as Agriculture Facilitator in one of the Area Development Programmes (ADPs) in the central part of Ethiopia – Tiya. She worked in various capacities and positions in the organisation; including Assistant ADP Manager in Sodo ADP – southern Ethiopia, ADP Manager in Ephrata ADP – northern Ethiopia, Program Office Associate Director coordinating all Area Development Programmes in the eastern part of the country, and Livelihood Department Associate Director for the Ethiopia National Office. She joined the Integrated Programmes Division in November 2012.

Elenie has a BSc. degree in Animal Production and Range Land Management from Hawassa University, and an MSc. degree in Organisational Leadership from Eastern University of the United States.

She is married and a mother of four children, and is Christian by faith.


Tigist Kelemework

Support Services Division Director


Tigist Kelemework, WV Ethiopia Support Service Division Director


Tigist joined World Vision Ethiopia in 2013 as Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Manager from March 2013 to December 2014. In January 2015, she assumed the role of Support Services Division Director.

Prior to joining World Vision, Tigist worked at Plan International Ethiopia as ICT Manager, and in Women for Life as Managing Director. 

She holds a BSc. degree in Computer Engineering from the USA, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Switzerland.

Tigist is married and a mother of three children.

Hellina Woldetensae

People & Culture (P&C) Director


Mrs. Hellina, WV Ethiopia People and Culture Director


Hellina joined World Vision Ethiopia as P&C Director in May 2016. Prior to World Vision, Hellina acquired 10 years of progressive Human Resources experience, including deep proficiency in training/capacity-building, employee relations and compensation management.

Hellina graduated from Addis Ababa University with a BA. degree in Public Administration and Development Management, and also an MA degree in Human Resource and Organisational Development. 

She is married with three children, and Christian by faith.

Beyene Geleta

Programme Development & Quality Assurance Director 


Mr. Beyene Geleta, Porgram Development and Quality Assurance Director

Prior to his current role, Beyene served at World Vision Ethiopia in various positions from 1995-2009. He served as Programme Development Coordinator, Regional Programme Coordinator, Research Department Manager, Planning and Advocacy Department Manager, Branch Director, Ministry Quality Director ,and Operations Director.  

Beyene left World Vision in 2009 and worked for Tearfund UK, Save the Children International and World Relief, before returning back to July 2015 as Programme Development and Quality Assurance Director. Beyene also previously worked in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development of Ethiopia.

He holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Addis Ababa University, and Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK.

Beyene is married and a father of six children.

Endalkew Mulugeta 

Finance Director


Endalkachew Mulugeta, WV Ethiopia Finance Director

Endalkew joined World Vision as Finance Director in June 2019. He started his career as Finance Inspector /Internal Auditor with the Ministry of Finance, and joined World Vision Ethiopia in 1994 as an Area Development Programme (ADP) Accountant. He later moved served in different positions, including South Branch Finance Coordinator, General and Grant Account Manager, and Grant Finance Manager.

Throughout the last 15 years, Endalkew has served in the capacity of Finance Manager, Finance and Administration Director, Finance and Risk Director, and Finance and Support Service Director with World Vision in Sudan, Lesotho, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He is married and a father of two.

Gedion Alemayehu  

Grants Acquisition & Management (GAM) Director


Gedion Alemayehu

It has been 14 years since Gedion joined World Vision in May 2006, straight after graduating from Addis Ababa University. He passed through all the ranks in World Vision Ethiopia's structure; starting from Area Programme to Cluster Programme Office and finally to Head Office. He started in a Social Development Facilitator role in an Area Programme and later moved to Cluster Program Office to work in a Design, Monitoring and Evaluation capacity. Gedion then moved to the Grants Acquisition and Management team as a Resource Development Officer in 2014.

Currently, Gedion serves in the role of Director for GAM, leading resource development work for the organisation. He helped the National Office to raise over 260 Million USD over the last six years from multiple funding sources including institutional and private donors, foundations; and from private non-sponsorships.

Gedion graduated from Addis Ababa University with a degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology.

Heis married to Medhin Mengistu and a father of two boys. He and his family worship at Zetseat Apostolic Reformation Church in Addis Ababa.


Dr. Negussie Teffera

Chair of Advisory Council


Dr. Negussie has over 30 years of experience in the development sector. Currently, he is the Country Representative for Population Media Centre International. Some of his affiliations include Head of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Information Bureau in the Office of the Prime Minister with a rank of Vice Minister, and Head of National Office of Population, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with a rank of a Minister. He was the Chairman of the National Committee which drafted the National Population Policy of Ethiopia. He was also the Chairman of the Task Force which developed the first National Population Communication IEC and Advocacy Strategy for Ethiopia.

A winner of the 2011 African Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Communication Strategy for Social Development. Dr. Negussie has also published several journal articles, and papers and books in Communications.

Dr. Negussie holds a Ph.D in Communications, an MA degree in Journalism Studies from the University of Wales, UK, a M.Ed degree from the University College Cardiff - UK, and a BA degree in Political Science and Government from Addis Ababa University.


Wondafrash Temesgen, AC Member


Wondafrash has over 22 years of experience in Economic Development.  Currently, he is serving as Resource Mobilisation and NGO Coordinator with North Gondor Plan and Economic Development Office.

Wondafrash holds an MA degree in Economics from Universidad De Oriente, Cuba.

Rev. Tseganesh Ayele, AC Member

Rev. Tseganesh has over 20 years of experience. Currently, she is working a the Women's Ministry Director at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY).  

Tseganesh holds a BA degree in International Relations and Global Study from New Generation University, MTH degree in Applied Theology from Chester College in UK, MLM 2nd Degree in Leadership and Management from EGEST, Addis Ababa and other Advanced Diploma Studies. 

Agedew Redie, PhD, AC Member

Agedew Redie has over 25 years of experience. He is currently working at the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church as Development and Inter-Church Aid Commissioner.

Agedew holds degree in Comparative Studies Guidance and Psychology, MA degree Counseling Psychology, M.Ed. degree in International Educational Planning and policy studies, and a PhD Ed. in Psychology. 

Getu Gizaw, AC Member

Getu Gizaw has over 20 years of experience. Getu is an owner and Manager of Gechaschu Trade and Service PLC.

Getu holds a BSc degree in Pharmacy from Addis Ababa University, and a Diploma in Theology from the Evangelical Theological College.

Meheret Alemu, AC Member

Meheret Alemu has over five years of experience. Currently, she is working in the Ethiopian Federal Police Cyber Crime Investigation Department.

Meheret holds a BSc. degree in Information Science.