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The Ambassador

H.E. Ambassador Fekadu Beyene Ayana

H.E. Ambassador Fekadu Beyene Ayana has had a storied career marked by excellence and a commitment to service in both the foreign service and education sectors. With an impressive tenure exceeding thirty-five years, Ambassador Ayana currently serves as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to Germany, a position he was appointed to on January 27, 2022.

Born on December 4, 1967, in East Wollega, Oromia, Ethiopia, Ambassador Ayana has been instrumental in various strategic roles within Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad. He holds an M.A. in Educational Planning and Management from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (2002-2003), a B.A. Degree in History from Addis Ababa University (1990-1999) and a Diploma in History from Kotebe College of Teacher Education, Ethiopia (1986-1987).

Ambassador Ayana's professional experience encompasses significant positions such as the Deputy Director General of Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) and the Consul General of the FDRE in Frankfurt, Germany (April 2019-August 2021). His expertise in diaspora engagement was highlighted during his tenure as the Head of Diaspora Engagement Affairs at the Embassy of the FDRE in London, UK, from 2015 to 2019.

In the educational sphere, Ambassador Ayana was the Director General and one of the founders of the Ethiopian Foreign Service Training Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2013-2015), and the Director General of Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the FDRE (2011-2013). His contributions to diplomacy were also evident during his time as a Counsellor and First Secretary at the Embassy of the FDRE in Washington DC, USA.

Ambassador Ayana's journey in education began as a High School Teacher (1988-1993) and later as the Dean of Robe, Bale and Adama Teachers' College, Ethiopia (2004-2006), followed by a role as the Head of Zonal Education Office and Woreda Education Office, Oromia, Ethiopia (1994-2004).

His dedication to continuous learning and development is reflected in his participation in several seminars and training courses, such as seminars for Ambassadors, Heads of Missions, and Diplomats, as well as educational programs in management, civil service ethics, and supervision.

Ambassador Ayana's multifaceted expertise, spanning diplomacy, education, and administration, exemplifies a career devoted to advancing Ethiopia's interests on the global stage and developing its educational and diplomatic sectors.

Married with five children.

History

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Germany and Ethiopia have a diplomatic relationship dating back over one hundred years. Ethiopia has learnt a lot from Germany, especially in the area of federalism, as well as education and human resource development. Nowadays Ethiopia is transforming its agrarian economy and follows a path of industrialization. Germany's considerable experience in engineering, technical and vocational training and in institutional capacity building, could be of great value to Ethiopia.