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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus is Tigrai Online’s 2013 person of the year.

Tigrai Onlne - January 01, 2014

Tigrai Online chose Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the a Person of the year for 2013 for his brilliant and dynamic leadership in 2013 and beyond.

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom receives Ethiopian deportees from Saudi Arbia

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is currently the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

As a Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros has faced one of the biggest human crisis Ethiopia has seen in a long time. In October 2013 thousands of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia were abused by the Saudi government and civilians. Some Ethiopians lost their lives in many Saudi cities at the hands of Saudis.

With the dynamic leadership of Dr. Tedros Adhanom and the Ethiopian government over one hundred thousand Ethiopian deportees were repatriated to their country. Ethiopian planes were flying thirteen and fourteen time a day to fly Ethiopian women and children back home to their mother land Ethiopia.

The reason Tigrai Online chose Dr. Tedros Adhanom was because he showed transparency, passion and leadership in the massive operation of evacuating Ethiopians from the dangerous violence they were facing in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom became Foreign Minister of Ethiopian in November 2012 replacing the current Ethiopian Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn. From 2005 to 2012 Dr. Tedros served as a Minister of Health of Ethiopia. For his amazing work as a health Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom has been awarded the Stanley T. Woodward Lectureship at Yale University in June 2012, given to distinguished international visitors to the University.

Dr. Tedros’ leadership has contributed to major gains toward achieving the goal of providing universal access to primary health care through Ethiopia’s community-based health extension program,” said Elizabeth Bradley, faculty director of the Global Health Leadership program at Yale University.

Dr. Tedros also served in many capacities as an expert and leadership positions within the Ministry of Health at both federal and regional levels. At one point in time he was the Minister of State and Head of the Tigrai State Regional Health Bureau.

Education and Awards

Dr. Tedros Adhanom was born in November 23, 1965 from his father Engineer Adhanom Gebreyesus and his mother Milashu Weldegabir. Both his parents are from the state of Tigrai in northern Ethiopia.

Dr. Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham (UK) in 2000.  He obtained a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London (UK) in 1992 and completed his undergraduate studies in Biology (BSc) at Asmara University in 1986.

  • Young Investigator of the Year, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for field study of malaria incidence among children living near dams in northern Ethiopia (1999)
  • Young Public Health Researcher Award, Ethiopian Public Health Association (2003)
  • Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award, US National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (2011)
  • Stanley T. Woodward Lectureship, Yale University (2012)
  • Honorary Fellowship, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2012)
Over twenty thousand Ethiopians repatriated from Saudi Arabia so far
The Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom receives Ethiopian deportees from Saudi Arbia

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