Ephrem is studying at American University’s School of International Service (SIS) under the MA in International Development Program with emphasis in agriculture, rural development and rural economic institutions in Sub Saharan Africa.
Ephrem has extensive work experience in the private, public and development sectors in Ethiopia. His recent job was at Moyee coffee in the capacity of supply chain manager with responsibilities ranging from sourcing coffee bean to exporting value-added coffee. Prior to that he worked with ACDI/VOCA, a US based non-profit, on two USIAD-funded projects that focused on agribusiness market development and advanced seed adoption programs. His task was managing the market linkages, access to financial services and investment activities.
Ephrem has a passion to contribute towards poverty reduction efforts where it has its most detrimental impacts—the rural households of Sub Saharan Africa who engage in subsistence agriculture. His interest lies in sustainable agribusiness development with positive social impact.