Friday, April 11, 2014

MWH Global names Ethiopia Country Manager

MWH Global, provider of strategic consulting, environmental, engineering and construction services, has hired Moghes Ayalew Mekonen as the country manager for its operations in Ethiopia. Mekonen will lead the firm’s Addis Ababa office and manage MWH services and projects, continuing more than 50 years of infrastructure work in the region.

“Moghes’ leadership and engineering prowess will play an important role in our efforts to deliver renewable, reliable energy solutions to meet the needs of Ethiopia’s population,” said Joe Adams, president of energy and industry for MWH.  “MWH has deep roots in Ethiopia, having worked on hydropower and dams projects since 1964. Moghes will continue our long-standing relationships with existing clients and extend our service offerings to new ones.”

Mekonen brings nearly 20 years of engineering experience, and is a licensed professional engineer in Ethiopia and Tanzania. He joins MWH after serving as dams and hydropower group coordinator for the Africa Region at SMEC International, where he focused on developing the dams and hydropower business in the continental Africa, excluding South Africa, managing on-going projects in terms of contract administration and resource allocation and participating in hydropower feasibility studies. He has a bachelor’s degree in construction science from the University of Oklahoma.  He is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which opened in early 2013, has a current team of four engineers and consultants serving clients in the hydropower industry.