Meet Our Team

Esayas Asefa

 Our Executive Director is a graduate of SJSU, where he obtained his BA in Economics in May 2018. Inspired by Ethiopian-Americans in his local area he cofounded the organization for the purpose of positively effecting the culture of Ethiopian Americans. Born in Sudan (to Ethiopian parents) and moving to the US at an early age he is a lifelong resident of San Jose. A soldier (Medic) in the US Army Reserves, he enjoys combat sports, exercising, Sunday liturgy, and reading books pertaining to Economics, Strategy, History, and Self Improvement. 

Selam Beyene

 Our Funds Director, a graduate of San Jose State University he majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and where he was heavily involved with SJSU's HSA acting as the Treasurer. Notable accomplishments include being part of a team managing a fund of $60,000 and helped reach the goal of $100,000. He enjoys traveling, playing sports and is a long time warrior fan  

Elias Ketema

Director of Student Relations spent most of his high school years in Addis Ababa and is now a Junior at San Jose State University studying Aviation Management with a minor in Business. At SJSU he is in charge of student outreach for the Habesha Student Association and is an Operations Supervisor at Spartan Bowling Center. He enjoys music, playing basketball, and spending time with friends and family.  

Michael Gelagay

Our Media and Creative Director. He is a current junior at CSU Monterey Bay, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and Management. Hobbies and interests include playing basketball, listening to music, and making short films. 

Mewael Tekle

Our Events Director he has nearly 10 years of experience in organizing and promoting events in the San Francisco Bay Area. His experience and knowledge is an asset to the efforts and mission of the Ethiopian American Development Foundation. He is an avid urban style dancer, and loves playing basketball. His light-heartedness, humility, and comedic inclinations make him an enjoyable person to be around.