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Date: 26th May, 2021 | Time: 10 AM PST/ 1 PM ET

Duration: 75 Minutes (Please register even if you’re unable to attend. All registrants will get a copy of the recording post webinar.)

For decades, leading global companies have relied on India to set up their offshore development center & grow in the global market. But lately, many African countries like Ethiopia have attracted their attention. Ethiopia has been continuously improving the ICT infrastructure & has been creating a strong ecosystem which would be an ideal environment for technology companies to thrive.

If you would like to evaluate the possibility of setting up an Offshore Development Center in Ethiopia, then this webinar is highly recommended for you.

Join the industry leaders and the Ethiopian Ambassador for a 75 minute webinar where they discuss and share insights on



Fitsum Arega
Ambassador at Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC

Fitsum Arega is an Ethiopian diplomat who is the current Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States. He was the Director General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission and the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia

Dr. Ahmedin Mohammed
State Minister of Information Communication Technology and Digital Transformation – Eithiopia

Dr. Ahmedin M. Ahmed received his PhD degree from Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, PRC in 2014, the Master's degree in Software Engineering from Chongqing University, Chongqing, China, in 2011, and the B.S. degree in Computer Science from Bahirdar University, Bahirdar, Ethiopia, in 2006. He authored/co-authored 20+ research papers in International reputable journals and conferences. In 2019, Dr. Ahmedin was appointed as State Minister at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology by Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed.

Bernard Laurendeau
Managing Partner, Laurendeau & Associates

More than 15 years of Management Consulting experience advising clients on large transformational and strategic initiatives across various sectors and industries. Served as Vice President of the Location Strategy group for BNP Paribas, in San Francisco, focusing on offshoring and outsourcing initiatives.

Myriam Said
Digital Advisor, Government of Ethiopia

Myriam Said is currently at the Office of the Prime Minister focusing on, and coordinating efforts in transitioning Ethiopia to a Digital Economy. Previously she was the Director of the National Digital Transformation Program at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology where she led the development of “Digital Ethiopia 2025”- an Inclusive National Digital Transformation Strategy.

Bob Kelbe
Chief Information Officer, Security Finance

Accomplished Senior Technology Leader with extensive experience directing software development and technology organizations to deliver high quality solutions including mobile, web-based and SaaS solutions. Bob has demonstrated his ability to build and develop high impact teams and manage communication across business areas.

Panel Moderator:

Orne Bey
President, Excellerent Technology Solutions, Inc

Orne Bey is the Founder and President of Excellerent Technology Solutions Inc. He has over 20 years of experience in the IT services Industry and is responsible for driving the vision and strategic direction of Excellerent. He has been very successful in implementing innovative client engagement models leveraging a global workforce that emphasize client needs first and result in synergistic sustained partnerships.