Herve Duranton

Managing Director

Prior to joining Awash Wine SC, Mr. Herve Duranton worked as a General Manager with successful experience in French, English and Arabic speaking African countries, where he has been able to leverage solid team leadership aptitude, entrepreneurial and managerial skills. Mr. Herve has acquired the following professional experiences with different organizations; In Group Unibra – Brewery Unit in Belgium as Chief Executive Officer, Nestle in Equatorial Africa Region, Kenya, Ghana, Morocco, Guinea and Egypt. Herve got his Masters in management from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Clermont.

David Speller


David has a FCCA in Accounting from ACCA, a MAAT in Accounting from AAT and an A-Level in business studies. Prior to joining Awash Wine SC, David was working at Allana Potash Afar PLC here in Ethiopia as a Finance Director for 4 years. Prior to Gulf Gold, David was the Regional Finance Controller in Gulf Gold PLC in West Africa for 5 years.

Allen Mcinnes

Commercial Director

Allen holds an Honours Degree in Commerce obtained from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. His career reflects extensive Commercial and General Management experience (25 years) in the beverage market throughout Africa (South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Botswana, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Malawi, and Ethiopia) working for SABMiller, Coca-Cola, and Carlsberg.

Sebastien Aubert

Technical Director

Sebastien has MA in Biomedical Engineering from Ethzzwich and a BA Degree in Mechanical Engineering from EPEL Lausanne. He has worked in Phonak AG for 5 years and continued his career in Nestle Switzerland for the next 4 years. Now he is our Technical Director here in Awash Wine SC.

Girma Belew


Girma has MSC in Information Systems and a BA degree in Business Management from the University of Addis Ababa and a certificate in project management from Maryland University. Prior to joining Awash Wine SC, he worked for Planned Parenthood Federation of Americas as a Country Team Leader, where he worked for a year. And here in Ethiopia, Girma also worked for Ethio jobs as an Operation Director for a year as well.

Johan Redelinghuys

Farm Manager

Johan Redelinghuys studied agriculture from Stellenbosch University. He started off his career in Thorne Winery, in South Africa where he worked for 12 years. After that he then moved on to Arabella Winery and worked in the farm for 17 years. Johan then joined us in 2014 and works at our vineyard as our farm manager.

Henok Belay

Lideta Winery Plant Manager

Henok has a BA Degree in Applied Chemistry from Gonder University and MBA in International Business from Greenwitch College in Addis Ababa. Prior to joining Awash Wine SC he worked for Assela Melet Factory in Assela where he worked as a Chemist for 1 year. He has also worked in Business Development in Izone PLC in Addis Ababa for 1 year.

Eyob Asamenew

Mekanisa Winery Plant Manager

Eyob has a BSC degree in Applied Chemistry from Awassa University and an MSC in environmental science from Addis Ababa University. Eyob started his career in Awash Wine SC as a Chemist and 9 years later he is our Plant Manager at Mekanisa.

Dagne Belay

Farm Advisor

Dagne graduated from Haramaya University with a concentration of plant sciences. He started off his career at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research where he acquired a lot of experience as a Senior Technical Assistant. Dagne continued his career in the agricultural industry as that was always his passion. He then joined Asella Model Agricultural Enterprise as a Farm Manager, not to long after he joined the Awash family and has been working with us for 6 years.

Tsehaye Zeresenai

Quality Manager

Tsehaye comes with an experienced background in his domain. Prior to joining Awash Wine SC, he worked at the Ethiopian pharmaceuticals manufacturing S.C (EPHARM) as Senior Instrumental Analyst, Senior Research Chemist and Quality Control Head. His academic credentials include MSc in pharmaceutical analysis and quality assurance, BSc in chemistry and diploma in pharmacy all from Addis Ababa University.

Haymanot W/Tsadik

EHS Advisor

Haymanot pursued her studies in Russia where, she majored in natural science in biology, chemistry and agriculture in Volgograd University. After her master’s degree she continued her PHD in quality management in Rochville online university (USA). Haymanot started her career as a Pastor in the Ethiopian Public Health Institute. Following that she decided to open her business and named it Golden Bridge consulting. In 1975 she joined Awash Wine SC and is currently working with us.

Aurelie Mottet

Head of Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Aurelie holds a Msc in Material Science and Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. She has started her career in Switzerland in Supply Chain with ABB Semiconductors and then worked in Business Development for a Swiss technology start-up as well as for Altran AG, the global leader in Innovation and Engineering Consulting. Now she is our Head of Procurement and Supply Chain Management here in Awash Wine S

Richard Auther

Viticulture and Wine Master

Richard has joined Awash Wine SC as viticulture and Wine Master. He has a 27 years’ Experience as a Director, Advisor in Viticulture, Oenology, business and trade, Technique Manager, Wine maker and vineyard creation.