Misikir Aklilu, economist by training, is a young African leader who has years of experience in teaching, inspiring and counseling young Ethiopian students and graduates to become what God intends them to be (i.e., light and salt in the world). He is happily married to Sara Gelaye, a young Ethiopian entrepreneur. He is passionate about working with business professionals to equip, transform and unleash them into the market place as change agents and solution innovators. Misikir earned his BA in economics at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.
The combination of mission and business have always been Jon’s ambition since graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Horticulture and Agricultural Business. Jon’s professional career was established as he worked for a values driven company, Paragon Landscape Inc., learning much about the difficulties of human resource management, sales and operational management in the midst of an economic downturn. Jon and his family moved to Ethiopia in 2013 and have been working in the Agriculture sector while founding and establishing KIBIR Consultants, along with its dynamic international team. Jon is currently finishing His Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) emphasizing International Entrepreneurship from Cairn University.
An engineer by training, Nebyou has an educational background that reflects his passion for the natural sciences. He has worked in an international telecom company with a multicultural workforce as well as had the opportunity to learn abroad (Sweden), both enabling him to learn from different cultures and appreciate diversity. His passion for technical learning is only superseded by his love for the word of God and its power to transform the individual as well as society. To this end he is involved with KIBIR as resource translator and an assistant trainer.
After obtaining his engineering degree from LeTourneau University, Bob spent his professional career working in systems—from the factory floor to the business office. His most recent role before coming to Ethiopia was as an Enterprise Architect with Microsoft. With two grown children, now married and starting families, he and his wife have lived in Ethiopia for over 9 years serving in numerous roles of leadership for the Society of International Ministries (SIM). His passion for business remains in organizational health, leadership, and structure. He also has a wealth of experience in both the education and medical sectors of Ethiopia.
After getting a BA from Unity University in 2008 in General Management, Tefere grew in his management skills when he became the project director of a Agricultural Development project for SIM in 2013. In this position he has developed a desire to help people to become their best selves. He has learned the power of giving tasks without high involvement to let people stand and walk on their own. He relates this to raising his four children as they all have learned had to learn to walk with less and less assistance. Tafere’s heart is for both faith leaders and marketplace leaders to obey the Word of God as they seek to do business God’s way.
Pamela and her husband, Michael, have lived on the continent of Africa for 12+ years. She brings 40 years of work experience to the table—in large corporations, small government agencies, and religious non-profits. She also managed her own consulting business for many years. She is passionate about helping leaders identify and maximize their potential. After obtaining her undergrad degree from Bethel University with a double major in business and social work, she went on to get an MBA from University of St. Thomas focused on marketing.
Although obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing Management was not Yeabsira’s first choice, she found herself growing fonder of it the longer she studied. She recently graduated from Addis Ababa University’s School of Commerce in Spring of 2018. Most of her family is involved in business activities one way or another, which has also been an inspiration for her. She is interested in reading books and volunteering in humanitarian activities. She has a chief life goal to serve and improve areas of deprivation within the society around her through the gifts and passions she has been given.
KIBIR Consultants desires to see restoration of the Ethiopian marketplace. As of 2017 TransparencyInternational has Ethiopia’s Corruption Perceptions Index rank at 107 out of 180 countries. We want to set the standard of what Biblically-based business looks like in Ethiopia, influencing the entire nation to move its perceived corruption level into the top 10 least-corrupt markets in the world by 2038.
Facilitate meaningful discussion between leaders of the faith community and marketplace leaders both in their spheres of influence and in the communities in which they work.
Provide biblical training in business, technology, and other trade skills for faith leaders, business leaders, and for young entrepreneurs.
Coordinate networking cohorts with ongoing meetings and peer support. Arrange mentoring relationships between established business leaders and younger entrepreneurs.
Foster multiplication by those who previously were on the receiving side of a mentor relationship, and are now mentoring others.