Without the continues work of all the GKEN volunteers we couldn’t do what we do.

Meet The GKEN Team


GKEN Platform and Projects are run by volunteers:

Prof. Farida Fortune (Chair of Board of Directors)

Prof. Amare Desta (Chair)

Prof. David Humber (Co-Chair)

Mr Tamerat Bekele (Secretory)

Dr Hailu Hagos (Training & Mentoring Coordinator)

Mr Mike Hailu (Press & Media Coordinator)

Miss Nardos Wakjira (Administrator)

Ms Featiya Said (Coordinator and Event Organiser)

Miss Bilen Shiferaw (Web Developer / Marketing Advisor)

Miss Kisanet Hail (Youth Project Coordinator)

Miss Bethlehem Belay (GKEN Promotor and Event Organiser)

GKEN Conference Team

The 6th Conference is organised by the core conference team in London and the local team in Ethiopia.

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Dr. Amare Desta – Programme Coordinator

Nardos Tekle – Abstract Paper & Conference Coordinator

Bilen Shifferaw – Marketing & Conference Coordinator

Featiya Said – Conference Coordinator

Mike (Tibeb Intermedia) – Press & Media Coordinator


Dr. Zenebe Beyene (AAU) – Conference Coordinator & Facilitator

Ms. Meliha Seman – Country Conference Coordinator 

Miss Roman Tekle – Country Conference Coordinator 


GKEN Founders

GKEN founding members are:

  • Dr. Amare DESTA
  • Mr. Mentesnot MENGESHA
  • Prof. Mammo MUCHIE
  • Mr. Abiy NEGUSSIE
  • Mr. Behailu NEKATEBEB


GKEN’s Active Researchers / Consultants

Prof. Amare Desta (PhD, M.Ed, MSc, LCGI, BSc (Hons) (Team leader)

Prof. Chris Prof. Chris Louca (PhD, BDS, AKC, Bsc (Hons)

Prof. Farida Fortune (PhD, BDS MBBS MRCP, FRCP, FDS RCSeng, FGDP, PhD, Dip Ed teachers]

Prof. Edwards A. Alademerin (PhD, M.Ed, BSc (Hons)

Dr Elfneh U. Bariso (PhD, MSc, MA, PGDMgt, PGCE, BA)

Dr Hailu Hagos (PhD, MSc, BA)

Dr Kaolat. O. Odunaike (PhD, MBA B.Sc (Ed)

Dr Janice D. Busingye (PhD, M.Ed, B.Ed)

Mr Mentesnot Mengesha (MPhil, MA, PgDip, BSc)

Prof. Tessema Astatkie (PhD, MSc, BSC)

Prof. Wane Njoki (PhD, M.Ed, MScM.OD. B.Ed, Dip)

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We are always looking to expand our work. This can only be made possible by the hard work and contribution of our team members.