AAU confers honorary doctoral degree on Ethiopian Group CEO

Accra The Addis Ababa University (AAU) has conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree on Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines at the

University’s annual graduation ceremony.

Dr Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, handed over the Degree to Mr GebreMariam in recognition and honour of his remarkable achievements in the growth and expansion of Ethiopian Airlines.

A statement issued in Accra said after reading out the Group CEO’s biography and achievements, Professor Tassew Woldehanna, President of Addis Ababa University, said: It is with great honour that Addis Ababa University confers the Honorary Doctorate Degree upon you in recognition of your relentless hard work and contribution for your country.

In his acceptance speech, Mr GebreMariam extended his heartfelt gratitude to AAU for conferring the Honorary Degree on him.

He said, Over the decades, Ethiopian Airlines has become one of the leading global airlines and a source of pride for all Africans, thanks to the relentless efforts, sense of ownership, consistent work ethic and discipline of the airline’s past and present employees and management. I accept this Honorary Doctorate Degree on behalf of all my colleagues, and I would like to congratulate them all.

Mr GebreMariam also thanked his seniors and mentors for sharing their knowledge and experience and for supporting him to be successful in his career.

He said during the past eight years of his tenure, Ethiopian Airlines achieved most of the targets laid out in its ambitious Vision 2025 well ahead of time despite the cynicism of observers, tripling the airline’s growth in the process.

I believe that you, today’s graduates, will use the knowledge and skills you gained on campus and take advantage of the opportunities you will come across, and ultimately contribute your share for our country and the world at large, he said.

The Group CEO has been serving Ethiopian Airlines for over 35 years including as the Airline’s CEO since 2011.

He is a member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport with United Nations; Chief Executive Board member of Star Alliance and Airlink Advisory Council; a member of the Board of Governors of International Air Transport Association, and Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) among others. Since taking the helm of Ethiopian Airlines.

He has led the flag-carrier on a path of fast growth, amassing many accolades and recognition along the way.

Source: Ghana News Agency