Herve Duranton

Managing Director

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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.

Seneshash Tesemma

Finance Director

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Seneshash Tesemma, has got two masters in Banking and Finance and also in Financial Market from Sobbone University of Paris and Politiers University of Paris, France. She has also a BA in Management. Prior to joining Awash Wine SC, Seneshash was working at Allana Potash Afar PLC here in Ethiopia as a Financial Controller.

Abdulkadir Hussein

Commercial Director

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Prior to joining Awash Wine S.C Abdulkadir Hussein worked as a Sales Director at Heineken Ethiopia. Graduated with MBA, Abdul started his career in 2002 with Mobil Oil East Africa as Customer Service Representative, then Retail Territory Manager. He moved in 2007 to Fitness Time Enterprise as a Sales and Marketing Manager and to NOC in 2011 as Commercial Accounts Manager. He joined Heineken in 2013 where he grew within the Commercial function through different roles like Brand Manager, Senior Brand Manager, Trade Marketing Manager.

Teshome Bireda

HR Director

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Prior to joining Awash Wine S.C Teshome Bireda worked as Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Heineken Ethiopia. Graduated with MBA, Teshome started his career in 2005 with Yerer Flour Factory as a Production and Service Delivery Improvement Expert, then Employee Administration and Training Head. In 2008, he got recruited at Afri – Flower/Sher Ethiopia PLC as a Human Resource Manager then again in 2014 he changed to Harar Brewery as Human Resource Manager and finally to Heineken in 2016.

Girma Belew

Corporate Affairs Director

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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.

Maxime Demarez

Wine Master & Farm Manager Deputy

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Maxime has joined Awash Wine SC for supporting the farm and the cellar activities. He works now closely with Richard Auther. With an initial agronomist background, Maxime has different experiences in cooperatives and research centers for improving the agricultural practices. He started to specialize in viticulture and wine making in 2015 by working for the National French Institute of Vine & Wine for 2 years and made his first wines in 2016-2017 in Beaujolais region.

Henok Belay

Lideta Winery Plant Manager

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Richard Auther

Wine Master & Farm Manager

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

Raphael Joly

Procurement and Supply Chain Manager

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Raphael graduated from Neoma Business School (Groupe ESC Rouen) in Rouen France in Finance, Marketing, Management, and Foreign Languages. During the university courses he spent a year and a half in Spain and Latin America. He has been working more than 16 years in Africa within the logistics and supply chains environment in companies like AGS Frasers (Tanzania, Ghana) and Bollore Africa Logistics (Ethiopia, Djibouti).  His posting before joining Awash Wine S.C was Sales, Project and Operation Manager at Green Logistics International.

Michael Solomon

Project Manager, CAPEX and Improvement Engineering

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Michael has BSc in Civil Engineering and he is currently completing MBA program at Jimma University AA Campus. He has more than 6 years’ work experience in project management. He joins us from Vanlli Construction Plc where he was working as Senior Site Engineer. He was associated with companies like; Transsion Holdings, Ethiopian Trading Enterprise, A.T kearney, and Huawei technologies.

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