Meet the founders
Dr Tsehay Atilaw
Tsehay Atlaw BSc MSc Ph.D. – Chairperson
Awarded BSc in Biology/Chemistry (AAU); MSc Immunology (Queens University, Canada); Ph.D. Infectious Disease Research, London, UK. Awarded Certificate of Business Management (Open University).
Awarded NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (May 2020).
Extensive research and Antibody manufacturing experience; Public Health Labs & Imperial College, London;  Abbott Laboratories, Diagnostic Division (ADD), Kent.
Currently volunteering in IT help and family support services with the local council.
Chairperson of Ethiopians for Ethiopians UK (E4E UK) supporting the Ethiopian community to access professional help in health, education, social and other areas. Chairperson of Ethiopian History Society (EHS UK, founded 2013).
An active member and trustee of United Ethiopians for Peace and Reconciliation (UE4PR) and Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN).
I strongly believe that a good family is the basis of a good community. I enjoy gardening and the outdoors as well as traveling and discovering new cultures. Reading, listening to music, and learning to play the piano are some of my pastimes. I like the charm of old black and white films. 
Sileshi Tesema – Eng. BEng(Hons) MSc TMIET EngTech  – Secretary
Awarded BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and MSc in Building Information Management (BIM) from UK Universities and EngTech from the Engineering Council. Member of professional bodies, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), BRE, and CIOB.
Currently working full time in the Construction Sector.
Secretary of Ethiopians 4 Ethiopians UK (E4E UK ).
An active member and trustee of United Ethiopians for Peace and Reconciliation (UE4PR) and Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN)
Board member (Deputy Chairman) of the Ethiopian BIM Society. Founder of the society to work closely with the construction industry and academia in Ethiopia. I am organizing and engaging the professionals via live zoom webinars fortnightly to learn hard and soft skills from each other.
Passionate about outdoor sports and activities such as Parkrun. I also run 10km and a half marathon every year fundraising for charities such as Link Ethiopia, Mencap, etc.
Eng. Sileshi Tesema
Dr Merid Gebru
Merid Gebru, MD, FRCS (Fellow Royal College of Surgeons).
A 1982 graduate of Ethiopian Medical school, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I was trained as a General surgeon in the UK, with a specialist interest in Dialysis and Kidney Transplant surgery. In health care settings, I am interested in improving Emergency surgical services and in continuing medical education; and have greatly been involved in coordinating and facilitating learning at all levels and improving services. My public health education engagements over the years included giving live presentations and seminars, and using teleconference, Zoom, and youtube. I am one of the founders of the Ethiopian Medical Association in the UK (EMDAUK) and Ethiopians 4 Ethiopians UK (E4E UK) group.  Both groups have complementary roles and work towards improving the health of our community and empowerment; and also exercise advocacy when possible. I support motivating, connecting, and galvanizing members of our Ethiopian Diaspora community for a better common existence. I like going to church, outdoor exercise, travel, reading, and music. I support C. T Studd’s sayings, “Only One Life, ‘Twill Soon Be Past!” God and people matter the most.
My family and I have recently been blessed with a puppy during the COVID19 era, it has made me appreciate animal friends too.
Wondimu Negash – Eng.
Senior System Engineer in the UK defense elections company.
Mental health awareness campaigner and author of 7 Amharic Neuroscience and Mental Health books.
Senior System Engineer in the UK defense elections company.
Mental health awareness campaigner in Ethiopia and the UK
Author of 7 Amharic Neuroscience and Mental Health-related books.
An active member and trustee of United Ethiopians for Peace and Reconciliation (UE4PR) and Global Knowledge Exchange network (GKEN)
Graduated from Ethiopian Power, Light, and Electric authority college and worked as a Technician at different Power substations in Addis Ababa and studied part-time Electrical engineering at Addis Ababa University
Studied and worked at different electronics companies in Germany.
Studied Electronics and computer science at Open University in the UK
Founding members of Ethiopians for Ethiopians UK (E4E UK) supporting the Ethiopian community to access professional help in health, education, social and other issues.
Founding member of CHARIS mental health charity based in Sabetha sub-city creating mental health awareness in high school students.
Blogging on mental health on Giohn Amharic Magazine.
Research and public lectures on Brain-based peacebuilding.
Eng. Wondimu Negash

professional partners

Daniel Fekadu – PhD
A Visiting Professor, Specialist in Psychiatry, and Sub-specialist in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The first and only Ethiopian British with full Psychiatry training at King’s College and the Maudsley.
Dr. Daniel is Fellow and Lead Examiner of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and one of the founding members of Volunteering in International Psychiatry. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy & the Royal Society of Medicine.
Dr. Daniel’s volunteering includes direct clinical interventions and advocacy, consultation, teaching, coaching, and mentoring to the Ethiopian and Somali people in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. He believes that volunteering is a privilege and a satisfying experience that all able humans must freely offer to those who need it most.
Yohannes Mekonnen Semhagne 
MD PgCert DGM MRCPsych CCT
I have nearly 25 years experience of working as a medical doctor and specialist; currently working as a Consultant Psychiatrist and clinical lead in a multidisciplinary team in older adults in Kent, UK. I do teach medical students,  supervise (clinical and educational) specialists, and GP trainee doctors. I do participate in research activities in the physical and mental health area.
My undergraduate medical studies  (MD) were from Ethiopia and I served there for years as a physician. I attended specialist  Psychiatry training at Imperial College, the University of London, and advanced training (subspecialty) in old age psychiatry at the world-famous Psychiatry School, Maudsley  Hospital, London. I am a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist  (MRCPsych). I also qualified in Geriatrics  Medicine with DGM from the Royal College of Physician. I studied post-graduate courses and training in different Universities in London.
Apart from my regular work, I am interested in the promotion and advocacy of mental and physical health for disadvantaged communities, immigrants, and refugees.
I strongly believe in peace and equality and support activities that ensure both.
I do enjoy reading the literature and the history of our country and watching some sports activities.