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Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam to Co-Chair UN Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

Ethiopian Airlines Press Release
Tigrai Online, September 22, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam to Co-Chair UN Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport
UN Secretary General nominated Tewolde GebreMariam to co-chair his High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam to Co-Chair UN Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon nominated Ethiopian Group CEO, Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, to serve as a co-chair on his High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST).

The Advisory Group, which is expected to serve for a period of three years, provides policy recommendations and global messages on sustainable transport by working with governments, transport sector, businesses, financial institutions, civil society and other stakeholders. The Group will also promote the integration of sustainable transport in intergovernmental processes, including making recommendations on the initiation and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.


Mr. Tewolde will co-chair the United Nations High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport which comprises of prominent individuals with diverse capabilities from civil society, private sector and government officials of member states.

It is also an appreciation of the leading role being played by Ethiopian Airlines to foster sustainable air transport development in Africa through the continuous tailoring of appropriate strategies and adoption of latest technology and best work practices.

Tewolde GebreMariam began his career at Ethiopian Airlines in 1985. He served in different positions and capacities in the airline including as Regional Director of India and South East Asia, Area Manager of Saudi Arabia and Area Sales Manager for North East USA and Canada based in New York, Chief Operating Officer and from January 1, 2011 as CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. Mr. Tewolde has won multiple awards including “The African CEO of the Year-2012”, “The Best African Business Leader of the year 2012”, In July 2013, he became the first African Airline CEO to receive “The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership” in the award’s 12 year history, “Planet Africa professional Excellence Award” in 2013, “2015 - International Grand Prix Special Award” and others.

In addition to his duties as CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, he also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA); an Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA); a Board member of the Airlink Advisory Council; a Board member of Ethio-Telecom, a Board member of Ethiopian Railway Corporation; a Board Member of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia; and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO.)

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