His Excellency Demeke Atnafu Ambulo has recently taken over charge of Consul General of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Mumbai. Immediately before coming to Mumbai he was posted in Head Quarter in Addis Ababa where he served as Director General for Diaspora Affairs. His main role was to coordinating Diaspora participation at national level and ensured the implementation of Diaspora policy. During this tenure he attended a number of workshop, conferences and symposiums on Migration and Development. It was organized by Regional and International Organizations such as IOM, ACP-EU and others as speaker and panellist.
Past stint in India:
H.E. Demeke was earlier posted in India from 1998-2002 in Ethiopian Embassy in New Delhi, as political and Commercial Counsellor. He has in-depth and enormous know-how working in India and knows better relationship of two historical countries. He made significant contribution in bolstering and further enhancing mutually beneficial relationship between the two sisterly countries by forging and developing excellent working relationship particularly with Chamber of Commerce and Industries. He actively participated in promoting trade and investment opportunities.
H.E. Demeke did his basic schooling from St. Michael primary school at Himbecho situated on the southern edge of Colchester and did junior schooling in Our Lady Junior Secondary School at Dubbo, which is almost 90 years old. He completed his senior secondary education in Wolayta Sodo Comprehensive High School in Southern Ethiopia. He graduated – Bachelor of Arts in History from Addis Ababa University College of Social Science. He attended M.A. Economics post graduate studies and also attended a number of short term trainings on diplomacy and related professional courses.
Academically, Demeke was a brilliant student and was keen on impart his knowledge to others. So, subsequent to completion of his graduation from Addis Ababa University College of Social Science, he joined Ministry of Education and served as senior secondary school teacher from 1985 to 1993.
Foundation of Diplomacy:
Demeke was a devoted educationist but he felt some emptiness in his profession as a teacher. He wished to do something different and always felt to carry out rather extraordinary duties for his country. And for that, Foreign Service Officers position was a perfect alternative for him, where he can make use of his talent for better purposes on Global platform. It was a turning point in the life of H.E Demeke in 1993, he joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Second Secretary of OAU and Southern African Region Division, Department of African Affairs. As Second Secretary of OAU, he attended almost all statutory meetings and conferences including OAU Ministerial council and Assembly of Heads of States and Governments from 1993-1998.
Served in USA and UK :
H.E. Demeka has served in world’s two top countries that includes Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC, USA as Community Affairs Counsellor from 2002 – 2006 and in Ethiopian Embassy in London, UK from 2011-2015 as Minister Counsellor I for Diaspora affairs. His role was to improving Diaspora engagement in investment, trade and tourism, enhancing knowledge and technology transfer, promoting cultural values and image building, encouraging philanthropy and Development Associations, among others. Besides, he has served as Director and Director General of Diaspora Affairs Directorate General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2006-2011. He also served as Head of the office of Capacity Building of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
His Excellency Demeke Atnafu Ambulo – Consul General of Ethiopia said “I am excited to be in Commercial Capital of India, historic and lively city of Mumbai. My top priority and responsibility would be to foster the bond between both the historical nations and work towards strengthening the bilateral business, trade relations and promoting tourism”.
Demeke Atnafu born in Wolayta zone in Southern Ethiopia, is married to Wegayehu Mezene Mamo and has three children namely Abenezer, Saron and Melat.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist