Girma Wolde-Giorgis


name = Girma Wolde-Giorgis
order = President of Ethiopia
primeminister = Meles Zenawi
vicepresident =
term_start = 08 October 2001
predecessor = Negasso Gidada
successor =
birth_date = December 1924
birth_place = Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
spouse =
party = Independent
religion = Ethiopian Orthodox

Girma Wolde-Giorgis (born December 1924 in Addis Ababa) is the President of Ethiopia. He was elected on October 8 2001, as a relative unknown and a surprise choice, by a unanimous vote of the Ethiopian Parliament. [ [ "Former parliamentary speaker elected president"] , IRIN, October 9, 2001.] The Ethiopian presidency is largely a symbolic office with little power. Presidents serve six-year terms. Girma was re-elected as President on October 9 2007. [ [ "Girma Woldegiorgis réélu président pour six ans"] , AFP (, October 9, 2007 fr icon.]

Girma Wolde-Giorgis is from the Oromo ethnic nation of Ethiopia. He is a married father of five children.

Girma first attended an Ethiopian Orthodox Church school and later joined the Teferi Mekonnen School in Addis Ababa where he followed his education until the Italian invasion. The school was then renamed "The Scuola Principe Piedmonte" (Prince of Piedmonte School) for the Crown Prince of Italy, in Addis Ababa.

Between 1950 and 1952, he received certificates in Management (from Holland), in Air Traffic Management (in Sweden) and Air Traffic Control (in Canada) under a training programme sponsored by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Girma Woldegiorgis speaks many languages fluently. They are: Afan Oromo (Oromiffa), Amharic, Tigrinya, Italian, English and French.

Government Services

* in 1941 he was enlisted at the Ethiopian Military Radio Communication set up by U.K.
* in 1944 graduated from the Genet Military School as a Sub-Lieutenant
* joined the Air Force in 1946 and took various Air Management courses
* became assistant teacher in air navigation and flight control in 1948
* became head of Civil Aviation of Eritrea in 1955 (Eritrea, at the time, was federated with Ethiopia by order of HIM Haile Selassie I)
* assumed the post of Director General of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority in 1957 and was Board member of the Ethiopian Airlines during the same period.
* became Director General of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Planning at the time of establishment in 1951
* became member of parliament in 1961
* was elected speaker of the parliament for three consecutive years.
* helped win a seat for the Ethiopian Parliament in the International Parliamentary Union and attended conferences of the IPU in Switzerland, Denmark and former Yugoslavia and was elected as Vice President of the 52nd Meeting of the International Parliamentary Union.
* served as Manager of the Import and Export Enterprise (IMPEX).
* served as deputy Commissioner of the Peace Programme drawn up in 1977 by the provisional military government of Ethiopia (Derg) to settle the Eritrean problem peacefully.
* became member of the House of Peoples' Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) after winning in the Becho woreda constituency, Mirab Shewa Zone of the Oromia Region, as an independent candidate in the second round elections in 2000.

Experience in non-governmental offices

Between 1965 and 1974:

* Board member of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce
* Representative for Australian Trade Mission in Ethiopia
* Founder and Director of the Ghibe Agricultural Association
* Founder and Director of the Keffa and Illubabor Timber Processing Industry

While in Eritrea before 1990:

* President of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society- Eritrea Branch (Asmara)
* Board President of Cheshire Home
* Managing Director of Leprosy Control Organization

Upon returning to Ethiopia from Eritrea in 1990, he served as Board Member of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and Head of its International Logistics Department.

He launched an environmental protection association called "Lem Ethiopia" in 1991 to date serving as Vice President of the Board of the Association.


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