The Team

TEWODROS TADESSE Founder and CEO
Tewodros is a vibrant speaker, leader, and educator with over 10 years of experience in the field of leadership development. Creating the Center for African Leadership Studies (CALS) as a response to the growing need for servant leaders in his home country of Ethiopia, he has designed and facilitated trainings for government offices, non-governmental organizations, and private enterprises. Valuing servant leadership as a cornerstone of organizational change, Tewodros continually works to develop the capacity of individuals, companies, and organizations as a means to create sustainable and positive leadership solutions. He has the ability to work with diverse constituencies, utilizing his extensive experience to build bridges, create innovative solutions, and ultimately foster environments that will lead to worldwide changes in the fields of leadership and organizational development.
JARED VAILEManaging Director
Jared is originally from Virginia in the United States, though he has lived and worked in Ethiopia since 2005. He enjoys the challenge of building organizations and developing them to more effectively reach their goals. His experience ranges from youth leadership development and mentoring, nonprofits and consulting businesses on Business Development, Online Marketing and Customer Care. After a few years in Washington, D.C., Jared has moved back to Addis to take on the role of Managing Director here at CALS and to oversee xHub’s operations.. His primary focus in this season has been on refining company culture, developing our people and growing our business reach and impact.
ELIAS GIZACHEWxHub Manager
Elias has strong academic and professional experience in Marketing Management. He has been a lecturer at Wollega University where he also coordinated the Center for Training and Development. Elias is very energetic and adaptable. Elias uses his extensive marketing and training background to train and empower people. He is always looking for opportunities to learn grow and that’s what makes him a great person to have on our team.
ABENET ASHAGREGraphic Designer
Abenet is a programmer by profession and a graphic designer by interest. After studying Computer Engineering at Addis Ababa University Abenet co-founded a tech startup company called Think Loud Technologies. He currently has a tech project that is being incubated at xHub. Abenet works closely with CALS on graphic design and IT related works. Abenet’s sharp eye for design and analytic mind for programming makes him an asset to the company and a valued member of our team.
GEORGE ZIDE MALUWAMarketing and Resource Mobilization Consultant
George hails from Kingston, Jamaica. He completed his education in Canada where he majored in Political Science with a minor degree in Mass Communication/Marketing. Despite his grasp of global political affairs George has always maintained a strong passion for the world of Arts. He is well traveled and has a passion for people and culture. He has come to realize that people are his true inspiration and the driving force of everything that has moved him throughout his life. Being in Addis Ababa he has realized that his compass has lead him to the perfect place – xHub and by extension CALS. George sees xHub as a focal point of the innovative and creative world in Ethiopia for the empowered mind. A place where his mind, body and soul feel at ease to pursue the goals of a community that he belongs to. George is working hard to share the vision of xHub both within Ethiopia and around the world.
ELDANA BEFEKADU WOLDEPartnership and Programs Director
Eldana is passionate about creativity and social entrepreneurship. She designs and leads programs to empower youth in social innovation and entrepreneurship. After spending time in Europe, Asia and Africa working in Marketing, Event Management, Community Development, Ecotourism and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Eldana entered the startup world through Social Impact Lab Frankfurt. She is the founder of Bemela Coffee and Rosa Abyssincia Gallery. She holds a BA in Marketing Management, MBA candidate in CSR & NGO Management. Eldana enjoys being a cultural connector through business and networking in these two countries. Besides her interest in the intersection between creativity and business, she likes to wind down with a cup of Espresso Macchiato and some music.
YONAS TADESSECreative Arts Consultant
Yonas Tadesse is a self-taught Ethiopian photographer fascinated with art from a very young age. Having great eyes for culture and richness of stories, his inner drive comes from the meaning behind images. Yonas believes that in Africa there are stories everywhere, everything has a voice if given the means to speak. This is something that is important to him as he strives to become an outlet, an instrument to voice this African beauty all over the world. Yonas also gives back to the community through photography trainings and workshops for young aspiring artists in Addis Ababa. Yonas is working hard to spread the word on what is being done at xHub and developing new partnerships.
KIBROM TADESSEInnovation Consultant
Blending Business Management and Leadership Studies, I am now using my experience in the areas of project Management such as project design, planning and implementation of areas of business, construction, development projects, and consultancy to set up an Innovation Hub to build up entrepreneurial potential of tech based industry. Experience on prefabricated construction, how payments for environmental services can be used in development such as carbon projects. Interested in working on business consultancy, feasibility studies, innovative solutions, charity projects and business management.
  • Founded in 2014, xHub is an initiative of Center for African Leadership Studies (CALS). It was birthed from a desire to give back to the community and to offer a gift of lasting value. CALS is a leadership training and management consulting company that trains people and organizations to create better systems Read More

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