Project Directors

Solomon Mekonnen
Photo of Doctor Solomon Mekonnen Abebe, (PhD)

Director, Community-based Rehabilitation, University of Gondar
Co-Director, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program,University of Gondar, Ethiopia

Team Role:
Project Co-Director for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, University of Gondar, Ethiopia


  • PhD, Public Health Clinical Epidemiology, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • Master’s Degree, Exercise Physiology, Punjabi University Faculty of Medicine, India

Dr. Solomon is an Associate Professor of Nutrition in the Institute of Public Health at University of Gondar, and has also served as the Coordinator of Non-Communicable Diseases Treatment and Research Center at the university. Dr. Solomon has many years of experience at the University of Gondar as Associate Registrar, Dean of Students and Continuing Education Coordinator for the Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Contact information:
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Telephone: +251 914 735 748

Project Managers

Mikyas Abera
Photo of Mikyas Abera

Team Role:
Program Manager, Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, University of Gondar


  • BA, Sociology and Social Administration, Addis Ababa University
  • MA, Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University
  • PhD, Sociology, Addis Ababa University

Dr. Mikyas Abera is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Gondär where he serves under different capacities in teaching, research, community service and leadership. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, supervises senior essays and theses, and has served as the Chair of Department (Sociology; 2007-2009) and School (Sociology and Social Work; 2015-2016). He conducts researches on psychosocial rehabilitation, higher education, urbanization and traditional harmful practices; and, designs and implements projects to promote educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth, improve sexual and reproductive health behaviors, etc.

Since November 2016, Dr Mikyas Abera has served as a Program Manager for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Gondar, and is responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the projects, as well as communications, reporting.

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Coordinators / Consultants

Adina Demessie Bogale

Team Role:
Undergraduate Scholars’ Coordinator, The Mastercard Scholars Program, University of Gondar


  • BA, Public Health, University of Gondar
  • MA, Public Health in Health Informatics, University of Gondar

Mrs, Adina Demessie joined the University of Gondar, College of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2015, first as a lecturer and Head of the Health Informatics department and then as Undergraduate Scholars’ Coordinator for the Mastercard Scholars Program. Previously she worked as a gender officer and Coordinator of the Registrar at Teda Health Science College.

Mrs. Demessie serves as the Undergraduate Scholars’ Coordinator for the Mastercard Scholars Program at the University of Gondar. She is responsible for the management of undergraduate scholar’s issues, including preparing and implementing plans, providing support services and following scholars’ performance.

Contact Information:
Cell Phone: +251 918786962


Team Role –  Scholars Affairs Officer, MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, University of Gondar

Education –  BA- Economics, University of Gondar                       MSc- General Public Health, University of Gondar

Experience – Tewodros Tarekegn has served as Surgery and GYN manager for University of Gondar referral teaching hospital as well as senior project monitoring and evaluation Officer in Research & Community Service V/President office of UoG. In addition he is the founder of Association of employees with disability, University of Gondar and working as Vice President of the association. He has over 10 years experience in public health and out of which 7 years service in senior health program management level & excellent knowledge of primary health care in the context of national and international development policy and practice.

Contact Information:


Cell Phone + 251-918-77-46-44

Samuel Malede

Team Role:
Communication & Learning Coordinator at the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, University of Gondar, Ethiopia


  • BA, English Language and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park (USA)
  • MSc, Applied Linguistics & Communication, University of Gondar (Ethiopia)

Mr. Samuel Malede is a Lecturer of Communications at the University of Gondar and is the Communications Officer at the Public and International Relations Directorate. Before that he worked as a writer and editor for Lincoln University which is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As the main International corespondent for the University of Gondar his role is to progress the relationship with outside partners, administer the various communication channels of the Institution and coordinates all International Affairs in the Presidents Office.

Contact information:
Cell Phone: +251 929 011647

Yifokir Tefera

Team Role

Project Management Consultant for the MCF Scholars Program at the University of Gondar


  • In Environmental Health Science, Jimma University
  • In Occupational Health and Safety, Loughborough University, UK


Yifokire Tefera is an adjunct staff and assistant professor to the University of Gondar. He is one of the founder of the MasterCard Foundation Scholar Program starting from inception, development and program inauguration. He has served as vice dean of the College, dean of students, delegate vice president of Business administration at UoG, president of the National Occupational Health and Safety Professionals Association and president of Gondar Fasiledes Rotary club. He has been participated in different project activities; EFACE (Ethiopian Fighting Against Child Exploitation), E4Y (Engaged, Educated, Empowered, Ethiopian Youth) in collaboration with World Vision Ethiopia, Advanced nursing training program in collaboration to Leicester University funded by Nuffield Foundation’s Africa Program, the Bloomberg Philanthropy Global Road Safety Initiative of Addis Ababa city and ILO resource person for Occupational health and Safety capacity building. He is very passionate to work on health and safety, disability and developmental programs.

Yifokire is a Project Management Consultant to the MCF Scholars program and responsible to support and advice program managers for the successful implementation of project objective.

Contact information

Email: Tel:+251913754082