ABATE KASSA, author, consultant, and educator in Value Management,is President of AOK Consulting & Education, established in 1973 in New York. He is a former Purchasing Manager of Ethiopian Airlines where he introduced a corporate-wide value improvement process after value-training 343 management staff. He also revitalized the airline’s employee suggestion system by producing employee booklet and policy manual. Mr. Kassa combines resource and process consultancy to provide organic change for his client organizations instead of the traditional mechanistic change. As a nichepreneur specializing in value management and purchasing & supply management, he assists his clients to optimize the value of their operations.
Mr. Kassa has also gained experience in international public procurement working with the International Trade Centre/UNCTAD/WTO on a $1 billion import procurement project in Africa and also served as ITC consultant in the Pacific Forum Island Countries of Samoa, Kiribati, Tonga, Niue, Tuvalu, and Fiji. He was a regular speaker for many years at the affiliates of the Institute for Supply Management and the American Management Association in the United States where he used his own workbooks to teach Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE) and Purchasing & Supply Management.
He was retained as the one and only black Executive Director of the one-hundred years old Institute for Supply Management-New York for nineteen years. Mr. Kassa is a recipient of ISM-New York’s 1992 prestigious J. H. Leonard Award for his contributions in institutional capacity building of ISM-New York as a center of excellence in purchasing & supply management.
He published his seminal work in Value Analysis and Value Engineering (VA/VE) in both Amharic and English and both are being globally marketed on Amazon. It is a product of his dual lenses of experience and research for over forty years.
Mr. Kassa is a lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) by the Institute for Supply Management and a former Certified Value Specialist (C.V.S.) by the Society of American Value Engineers International. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Addis Ababa University and a master’s degree in government and politics from St. John’s University, New York.
Mr. Kibour Ayichew graduated from ICAO school of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in 1959. He joined Ethiopian in 1962. He served the airline for 33 years in various management and senior management positions. The last position he held was Director Maintenance /Engineering. He was seconded to Zambia airways for five years as Director Engineering /material and technical planning.
He is now residing in Washington, DC -USA. He is the President /CEO of Kibour & Associates Inc DBA. Travel & Tours International / Summit Engineering and Summit Trade International. He is a successful business man involved in various social and community development projects. He is a two term VP of EAFEA from 2002 to 2005,He has four wonderful children ,Elizabeth, Makeda, Binyam and Yeshashework Kibour ,all successful in their respective endeavors.
Mr. Mussie Betre, one of the founders of EAFEA, is the owner and CEO/President of Bankers Business Management Services, Inc., located in Silver Spring, MD. The Company is engaged in the business of Mail Management, Courier Services, Parking Management, and Unarmed Security Services.
Local businesses such as Discovery Communications and Lee Development Group are Bankers' prestigious customers. One customer describes Bankers team members as "shining lights of honesty, dignity and fairness".
Mussie's Company has received the 2005 Small Business of the Year Award from the Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce.
Mussie and his company are admired by many, not only for their excellent customer service and integrity but also for the role they play in the community at large and the Ethiopian community in particular. As a result, Mussie and his company have won numerous awards in recognition of their quality service and community support.
We at EAFEA congratulate Mussie for his outstanding achievements and wish him and his company continued success.
Dr. Sertsu G. Medhin
Dr. Sertsu G. Medhin joined Ethiopian Airlines in 1965 as a Shipping and Receiving Clerk after completing his first-year study at Addis AbabaUniversity. He subsequently transferred to the Marketing Division as a Reservation Agent, enrolled and continued his studies in the extension section of Addis AbabaUniversity, and graduated with a Bachelors Degree, majoring in Economics and minoring in Political Science in 1973.
Sertsu’s progressed in the Marketing Division and the turning point in his career came when he became an Instructor in 1969. He then went on to become Manager Reservations and Area Manager. His last position with Ethiopian Airlines was Area Manager Central Africa.
Sertsu resigned from Ethiopian Airlines in 1977 and came to the Untied States to continue his studies. He first attended OhioUniversity in Athens, Ohio, where he completed a Masters Degree program in International Studies in 1978. He then moved to New York City and worked in the United Nations premises as a Travel Consultant and later as a Supervisor for Thomas Cook Travel, handling the travel arrangements of United Nations personnel.
In 1984, Sertsu left Thomas Cook Travel and joined Legesse Travel and Tourism Consultants in New York City and served as Account Executive for Air Gabon for several years while working and developing his real estate business. In 2003, he enrolled for a doctorate program with the University of Phoenix and after four years of rigorous study, graduated with a Doctor of Business Administration degree. He wrote his dissertation on the privatization program of Ethiopia and provided a review and analysis of the challenges the privatization program faced from its inception to its ongoing implementation. Sertsu is presently a Business Consultant specializing in real estate and financial services.