The newly appointed Ethiopian Ambassador to the U.S., Kasssa Tekleberhan, presented his credential to President Donald Trump yesterday.
The appointment of Ambassador Kassa would further elevate the strategic partnership of the two countries to the new level in the spirit of mutual respect and friendship.Ethiopia and the United States established diplomatic relations on December 27, 1903.Since then, Ethiopia has been appointing its Ambassadors to conduct and strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries
At present, Ethiopia and the United States have close diplomatic relationships as friends and partners.Their bilateral relations anchored on three interconnected pillars: economic growth and development; regional peace and security as well as democracy, governance and human rights.
Ambassador Kassa was born and raised in the ancient town of Seqota, (Amhara Region) where he began his life-long service to his nation. He worked with his colleagues for the establishment of democratic system in Ethiopia that paves the road for the protection of human rights and promotion rapid economic development. His public service is both extensive and diverse including work in the legislative and the executive branches of both at the regional and the federal level.Immediately before his current appointment, Ambassador Kassa Gebrehiwot served as Minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoral Areas Development. In this capacity, he strived to create strong Federal and Regional relationships based on the rule of law, mutual respect and understanding among Ethiopia’s diverse communities.
He also made significant contribution to the provision of sustained assistance to those regions in need of special support, including those where pastoralists and agro-pastoralists live.Ambassador Kassa Gebrehiwot also served as Speaker of the House of Federation where his commitment to the equality of all Ethiopian peoples and to the rule of law was exhibited,
which contributed to the smooth and proper functioning of the House of Federation. Ambassador Gebrehiwot’s tenure in the Amhara National Regional State comprises many responsibilities in four major offices including the Head for the Bureau of Trade and Industry, Head the Bureau of Administration and Security.
His service in the Federal government nonetheless began during the transitional period where he served as the member Command in the Ethiopian Ministry of National Defense, immediately following the downfall of the Dergue regime.
Beyond his service in the above mentioned positions, his leadership skills and ability to work with others were highly sought after by many public organizations which led him to work as a Chairperson of the Board of Addis Ababa University, Amhara Development Association, and Ethiopian Mineral, Petroleum and Biofuel Corporation.
He also served as a Vice Chair of the Board the Foundation established in the name of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and the Board Member of Gondar University.Ambassador Kassa TekleBerhan’s service also extended to his participation in several development programs including with the Strategic Planning Development Program, Justice Sectors Reform Program, Security Officers Development Program, Conflict Management and Transformation Program, and Community Policing Program. All these functions and responsibilities yielded measurable results and gained Ambassador Kassa the admiration and respect by his fellow citizens of all walks of life.
Ambassador. Kassa Gebrehiwot participation in various committees and commissions such as the Federal Grant and Joint Revenue Standing Committee, the House of Federation and the Ethio-Sudan Joint Boundary Commission was highly valuable. Ambassador Kassa earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Ethiopian Civil Service College (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, California) where he was recognized as “Best Student of the Year.” Ambassador Kassa travelled to different countries where he was able to explore new cultures and engage with various communities.Ambassador Kassa is married and a father of three.