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, and they now have a lovely boy, Kidus. Misikir is passionate about working with business professionals to equip, transform and unleash them into the marketplace 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. Since January 2021, Jon and his family moved back to the US and are currently working with SIM USA as the Missional Business Advocate. Though majorly located in the US, Jon has continued to work with KIBIR as a founder, trainer, blogger and business development consultant. He has recently completed 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 His passion for technical learning is only superseded by his love for the word of God and its power to transform the individual as well as society.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.
Sara is a wife to Sami, a young pastor and theologian, and a mother to Avi, their lovely daughter. She is also a teacher, a researcher, and an author. Sara’s interest for teaching and research began in childhood as a daughter of a schoolteacher. This developed into a passion for teaching and studying God’s word over the years. That is why, despite her training in Engineering, she took a career detour and joined the Evangelical Students’ and Graduates’ Union of Ethiopia (EvaSUE), a campus ministry. Having served at EvaSUE for four years, she then went into postgraduate studies in biblical studies and theology. She has earned two postgraduate degrees in that field, one at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology and another at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Her interest for missional businesses is located in her wider passion for exploring the intersection of theology and marketplace profession in Ethiopia. Wishing to roll up her sleeves and step into the much complex space of theology’s practical bearings on public life, Sara paused her formal studies and joined KIBIR in January 2021. Sara also enjoys listening to podcasts, taking a long walk, swimming, and creative cooking and brewing.
Eyoel is a young Ethiopian man passionate about ministry and God’s kingdom. He has a diverse formal training in the fields of health, finance, and leadership – earning diplomas and a bachelor degree. He also has a rich experience in management and administration since he had served as the general manager of Bridge School of English, founded as a missional business. KIBIR has given him a unique opportunity to bring together his training in finance, his passion for the Kingdom of God and his experience in managing a missional business. He is also a techie – familiar with tools of graphic design, and audio and video editing. All of this has come in handy during his stay at KIBIR, allowing him to juggle the roles of administration, trainer, and content developer quite easily. Eyoel is married to Aster Kifle, a young entrepreneur, and they are expecting to meet their precious little baby soon.
Yeabsira is a young woman who practices her faith by making space for others abide in Christ and work for His glory. She makes sure that people have all they need to be their best at trainings, marketing events and day to day operations. This drive to create healthy working environments makes her the best at her role of coordinating training and educational events. She also enjoys using her forma training in marketing (BA) to showcase what her colleagues have achieved, which makes her great at promoting KIBIR’s initiatives. She also has experience in the banking and corporate worlds. Yeabsira volunteers at charity organizations who work with the vulnerable and is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in counselling psychology at Addis Ababa university. Her heart goes out to KIBIR’s partners who work with these groups. She is newly wed to Misgana Degefa, a young Banker. Yeabsira likes to read, cook, clean and host guests in her home.
After getting a BFA in Graphic Design in 2004, Jon has developed his design skills while working for both non-profit and for profit clients. He is an award winning designer and as a Christian it is his passion to design with a purpose. Jon has been pivotal in helping launch and curate the KIBIR brand.
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.