For more than a decade, STEMpower founders have been implementing many successful STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in Ethiopia and nearby countries. Pre-university students learn through our hands-on labs, engaging them towards advanced STEM study and careers. STEM enrichment programs bridge genders and ethnicity, fostering peace and development within and among nations.

Our Mission

Solve Societal Problems

Hands-on lab-based STEM education emphasizes real-world problem-solving, creativity, and skill-building empowering youth to engineer their homeland away from stubborn poverty.

Strengthen Nations

Engineering skills complete a country's production value chain, which leads to more exports, fewer imports, and reduced dependency.

Implement Empowerment

Pre-university STEM enrichment enhances education, competency, innovation, and careers on a national scale that "lifts all boats".

Eliminate "Application Bias"

Bring historically-denied access of first-hand STEM lab equipment (not merely books or simulations) to many hundreds of thousands of curious students across sub-Saharan Africa.

Board Members 

Mark Gelfand
Founder | President

Shachar Zahavi
Director I Secretary

Tamrat Berhanu


Tim Veldman


Helen Mesfin


Abebe Girmay
Director | Treasurer


Kidist Gebreamlak
CEO | Executive Director

Edwin Kumfa

Scientific Advisory Board

STEMpower South Sudan Board

Dan Lacks

Chair, Chemical Engineering


Alice Mudiri

Head Master

Beverly School of Kenya

John Akec

Vice Chancellor

University of Juba, South Sudan

Pauline Riak

Vice Chancellor 

Rumbek University Science and Technology

Christopher T. Rowe


University of Juba

Mou Riiny


Sungate Solar Solutions

Staff Members

Anteneh Fisseha
STEM Operations Manager

Abel Tefera

STEMpower-Visa Project Manager

Biruk Demissie

FabLab Technical  Expert

Tigist Yonas

Finance Officer

Israel Gebru
FabLab Electronics Expert

Dr. Simenew Keskes

FabLabs Manager

Yohannes Bogale 
IT & FabLab Technical Expert

Eyob Ayechew

Electronics Expert

Bereket Getachew

Executive Coordinator

Yenenesh Girma
General Service

Nigist Tilahun

STEM Centers Director

Fasil Woldegebriel


Merkineh Petros

FabLab Centers Coordinator

Tariqua Bekele

FabLab Attendant

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