Michael Tesfaye Hiruy
Michael Tesfaye Hiruy is a serial Entrepreneur with a strong conviction that exponentially accelerating and converging technologies will enable humanity to solve global challenges and create an inclusive and sustainable world. He has 15+ years of experience in the high-tech sector, including 5+ years in designing and implementing R&D projects ranging from Nano-electronics to graphical user interface in Silicon Valley USA and Grenoble France.
Based in Ethiopia since 2013, Michael is on a mission to accelerate Ethiopia's and Africa’s economic transformation with decentralized and democratized digital services (Smart Renewable Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare, Education, Transport, Government Services, etc...). He co-founded the first PAYGO solar company and served as group strategic advisor of the leading mobile banking and ecommerce platforms provider in Ethiopia.
Michael also served as member of the Jobs Creation Commission's Innovation Advisory Council between 2019 and 2020, where he advised the Ethiopian government on financial inclusion, Startup Proclamation, Personal Data Protection Proclamation, access to capital for startup ecosystems and the digital economy.
He holds a 1st masters in Science, Technology, and Health majoring in Biotechnology from Grenoble Alpes University and a 2nd masters in Innovation Management from Polytech Angers (Institut de Sciences et Techniques de l’Ingénieur à Angers).