Tommy serves as COO of Ethio Lease and is based in Addis Ababa. He joined AAFC in April 2019 as a senior advisor.
Tommy has an impressive 40-year track record in the equipment leasing and rental industry in the UK, Middle East and South Africa. During his career he was, inter alia, Managing Director of Loxam's Rapid Access businesses in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, Managing Director of Rapid Middle East, Managing Director of Nationwide Access, and Service Manager for Libra-Plant in South Africa.
He started his career as an electrical engineer at Babcock & Wilcox.
Girum is the CEO of Ethio Lease Ethiopian Capital Goods Finance Business SC (Ethio Lease).
Girum joined United Bank (or Hibret Bank) in Ethiopia in 2005, rising in 2013 to the role of VP, Operations and Deputy CEO. Prior to his time at United Bank, he worked for Commercial Bank of Ethiopia for 11 years.
Girum has an MBA from Addis Ababa University and multiple professional certificates from both Ethiopian and international schools and institutions. He is fluent in Amharic, Oromo and English.
Degol Gossaye is the Vice President Business Development and Marketing.
He joined Ethio Lease in 2019 from Essilor-Sun Optical Tech, where he was CEO.
Previously, Degol worked for 14 years at United Bank as a Credit Manager, Risk Manager, and the Branch Manager. He started his career at United as a Senior Analyst.
Degol earned an MBL and Economics Degree from UNISA and is a CFA candidate.
Awetash Tesfaye is the Vice President of Business Development.
She joined Ethio Lease in 2019 after spending 10 years at IFC (a member of the World Bank Group) in the Africa Leasing Facility, a multi-country advisory services program aimed at introducing leasing as an innovative financial instrument across Sub-Saharan Africa, where she focused on the Ethiopian market.
Previously, she worked in IFC’s investment program for Ethiopia.
Awetash holds an MBA from Cambridge International College, UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Addis Ababa University.