Our Team

Yared Ayele

Yared Ayele

Camara Ethiopia Country Director

Yared joined Camara’s Team in January 2015 and is Camara Ethiopia’s Country Director. Prior to joining Camara, Yared worked for Accenture Consulting for 5 years in the US before he packed his belongings moved to Ethiopia to work in the area of ICT in Education. Since then, Yared has worked as an ICT Consultant for Ministry of Education and has also served as an ICT Director of Dire Dawa University. Yared is passionate about transforming the delivery and quality of Education through ICT. He has a BSc in Informatics and is a Masters candidate in Management and Leadership.

Demissew Bekele

Demissew Bekele

Chief Advisor

Demissew became the Chief Advisor of Camara Ethiopia in 2011, and prior to this, was instrumental in Camara’s establishment in Ethiopia. He grew up in Dire Dawa, and completed his undergraduate education at Addis Ababa University. Demissew worked for the Ministry of Education for over 38 years, mostly within the Educational Media Agency (EMA), as a radio producer, head of the radio panel, a television producer, and then head of television in 1978. Demissew joined Cornell University to study an MSc in Communication and returned to Ethiopia becoming Head of the EMA in 1993, retiring after 17 years to join Camara.

Mikiyas Woldeyesus

Mikiyas Woldeyesus

Education Program Manager

Mikiyas became part of Camara in June 2011 as the Training Manager and was later promoted to School Operations Manager in 2014, where is responsible for the Training and School Vetting Teams. Mikyas obtained his first degree from Addis Ababa University, in a Bachelors of Education in 2006 and completed his MA in Leadership and Management, in the Faculty of Education, also from Addis Ababa University. Before joining Camara, Mikiyas worked as a Project Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer, and UNICEF’s Focal Person at the Addis Ababa City Administration Education Bureau.

Zenebech Befekadu

Zenebech Befekadu

Facilities

Zenebech has been with Camara since 2011 and is responsible for looking after the Camara Ethiopia facilities.

Yohannes Debele

Yohannes Debele

Finance Officer and Assistant to the Country Director

Yohannes joined Camara in 2013 and is currently the Finance Officer and Assistant to the Country Director. Yohannes studied his Bachelors of Arts in Accounting and Finance at Arba Minch University and has previously worked as a senior auditor.

Bereket Alemayehu

Bereket Alemayehu

Technical Officer

Bereket first joined Camara in 2012 as a volunteer, and currently a Technical Officer. Bereket graduated from Dire Dawa University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and immediately joined Camara Education Ethiopia in 2013 as Junior Technical Officer.

Kidanu Kebede

Kidanu Kebede

Technical Support Officer

Kidanu joined Camara in 2014 as a volunteer and is currently a Vetting and Lab Set Up Support Intern. Kidanu graduated in Computer Science from Hawassa University, and has worked as an ICT teacher in Asela Zone Sire Preparatory School.

Our vision is a world-class technology-enabled education accessible to all.

Our mission is to transform education using technology to empower disadvantaged students.

Camara Africa Centre Team

Mathieu Lacasse

Mathieu Lacasse

Global Education Manager (CEL)

Mathieu has worked in international educational development in Central America, Caribbean, Africa and Europe for the past six years focusing on teaching and learning practices. He completed a Masters in Science Education at Universite Laval in Canada with a focus on cross-disciplinary framework for studying different forms of human practices as development processes, both individual and social levels interlinked at the same time. His academic background and personal interest have led him to work in a variety of sectors including science teaching, ICT in education, education policies and policy analysis. Mathieu joined Camara in 2015 and oversees the education and training programmes. He works together with the CEL Education Department and the Camara Africa Centre Team in designing and implementing the educational programmes and supporting all the education teams across our network.

Farid Ali

Farid Ali

Technical Director Africa (CAC)

Mombasa, Kenya

Farid Ali is the Technical Director for Camara Africa Centre and is based in Mombasa, Kenya. He was amongst the first volunteers to join Camara Education in 2005. He is very experienced and has spent a lot of time on the ground working for Camara. Farid Ali assisted in setting up the education hubs in Kenya (Mombasa and Lamu), Rwanda, Lesotho, Uganda and Zambia and is responsible for bringing the level of all the education  hubs in Africa to the same standard.

Lotta Kinnunen

Lotta Kinnunen

Head of Africa Operations (CAC)

Nairobi, Kenya

Lotta joined Camara Education as the Africa Operations Manager in 2015 and now oversees Camara Education’s operations in Africa. She supports the hubs and hub CEOs on a daily basis, together with the Camara Africa Centre team.  She has worked in international development in southern and eastern Africa for a number of years, and has experience in a variety of sectors including , enterprise and business development, agricultural and environment. She is an experienced project planner and manager, and has experience as a technical adviser in mainstreaming gender, issues of social development and climate sustainability.

Lotta’s academic background is in social sciences and international development but she also has more than ten years experience in sales and marketing and customer service roles in the private sector.

Yared Ayele

Yared Ayele

Standard and Compliance Specialist

Yared joined Camara’s Team in January 2015 and is Camara Ethiopia’s Country Director. Prior to joining Camara, Yared worked for Accenture Consulting for 5 years in the US before he packed his belongings moved to Ethiopia to work in the area of ICT in Education. Since then, Yared has worked as an ICT Consultant for Ministry of Education and has also served as an ICT Director of Dire Dawa University. Yared is passionate about transforming the delivery and quality of Education through ICT. He has a BSc in Informatics and is a Masters candidate in Management and Leadership.

Cynthia Ouna Mwaniki

Cynthia Ouna Mwaniki

Regional Finance Specialist

Cynthia started as a volunteer in the year 2012 and attained a training course on ICT Basic. Prior to becoming Regional Finance Specialist, she worked as a Deputy Sales Manager at Camara Education Mombasa, marketing Camara Education Kenya to schools, institutions and colleges across the country.

Leticia Amuduki

iMlango 2 Project Manager, Kenya

Leticia is a competent personable and committed education specialist and youth development professional with excellent  communication skills, fluency in English and outstanding facilitation skills and capability to work in a fast paced challenging environment. Leticia is well versed in and acquired fifteen years’ hands-on experience in education; ten teaching English Language and Literature in English in secondary school in Kenya and five providing technical expertise in education management and program design and implementation in  Non-Governmental Organisation setting. In her last assignment, she worked with CARE International Somalia as the Education Adviser. She has a Master of Education Degree in Education Planning and Administration from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Leticia joined Camara Education Limited in July, 2017 as the iMlango 2 Project Manager and is based in Mombasa, Kenya.

 

Mwilu Kibbassa

iKnowledge 2 Project Manager, Tanzania

Bringing into the team institutional knowledge from serving as the iKnowledge Project Coordinator 2016 for Phase 1, Mwilu currently serves as the Project Manager for Phase 2.Having served as the Country Manager for The New Global Project, an action research and innovation project led by a multidisciplinary research team from Aalto University in Finland, Ms Kibbassa was institutional in establishing and leading the Tanzanian project operation amidst linking various stakeholders, an area that she is most competent in. Mwilu brings to the project her expertise in working with and managing different stakeholders such as government sectors, education sectors, donors and private sector. Not only multi stakeholder management, but her tact in managing high level projects and managing people makes her one of the most valuable assets in the team.
Mwilu holds a degree in Environmental Engineering from Tampere University of Applied Science in Finland and a Masters degree in Ecotechnology and Sustainable development from Mid Sweden University in Sweden.