Kibret Abebe
Leadership (MSC), Management (BA),
Comprehensive Registered Nurse (Diploma), Anesthesia Profession (Advanced Diploma)

Mr. Kibret Abebe is a professional anesthetist with over 25 years’ experience. Mr. Abebe, established TEBITA Ambulance after witnessing the poor conditions of victims of traffic accidents and other emergency medical patients when they arrived at local Addis Ababa hospitals. Very few patients arrived via ambulance, while the majority traveled by public transportation. In a country where the rate of traffic accidents per capita is among the highest in the world, Mr. Abebe saw the need to improve patient transportation and pre-hospital care. He proposed the concept to the Ministry of Health, helped craft the government regulatory standards for the industry, and received the first ambulance license for TEBITA Ambulance in 2008. Six years later, TEBITA remains the only licensed for-profit ambulance and pre-hospital trauma care business in the country.

Kibret Abebe’s Biography, Acumen 2015 fellow.

Yitages Mengistu
General Manager
Resource and Environment Economics (MSc), Economics (BA),
Comprehensive Registered Nurse (Diploma)

As a comprehensive registered nurse, Mr. Mengistu worked in the operating rooms Tikur Anbessa Hospital for 15 years, the biggest and tertiary hospital in Ethiopia's capital of Addis Ababa. He also served as the executive director of the Ethiopia Midwives Association. Mr. Mengistu holds a master's of science in Resource and Environment Economics and has taught different courses at colleges and universities, including biostatistics, health economics, and principles of economics and operating room technique. Mr. Mengistu joined TEBITA Ambulance as the Operations Manager because he too understands Ethiopia's need for top quality pre-hospital and emergency care. His life's passion is to save lives and assist those in need.