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About Us

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 

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Mark Gelfand
Founder | President

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Shachar Zahavi
Director I Secretary

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Tamrat Berhanu

Director

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Tim Veldman

Director

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Galit Cohen
Director

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Daniel Lacks
Director

Executive

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Edwin Kumfa
CEO

STEMpower Scientific Advisory Board

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Daniel Lacks 
Chemical Engineering Dep't at CWRU

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Alice Mudiri
Head Master at Beverly School of Kenya

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John Akec
Vice-Chancellor at University of Juba

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Abubeker Yimam
Dean of Chemical & Bio Engineering Dep't at AAIT

Meet the Ethiopian Team

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Dr. Simenew Keskes
Country Representative

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Abel Tefera

STEMpower-Visa Project Manager

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Biruk Demissie

Mechanical Engineering Expert & FabLab Manager

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Tigist Yonas

Finance Officer

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Israel Gebru
FabLab Electronics Expert

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Lidiya Kebede
PR Intern

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Anteneh Fisseha
STEM Operations Manager

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