2 Years Celebration Event 2019

Mella 2 Years Celebration Event

We appreciate all the people that came to Hyatt Regency to celebrate our 2nd year anniversary with us and also our thanks go out to the guest speakers that were with us at our Mella Monthly milestone.

Some Fun Facts

Successful Event
Fascinating Entrepreneurs
Video produced

Creative Discussion



Rophnan is a leading DJ, Producer in Ethiopia known for influencing the music culture with his distinctive sounds that combine Ethiopian scales and melodies with EDM. After releasing his album on May, this young musician gained popularity for his relatable yet unique content that gave birth to a new genre never adopted before. 

Mahlet Afework

CEO and Creative Director of Mafi - Mafi designs has grown to be an internationally renowned brand and we were truly inspired by the stories that made it a true success.

Aron Simeneh

Aron first got into photography as a hobby, capturing the music scene in Addis, however, later his hobby grew into a love and as the years went on Aron dropped out of Addis Abeba University to pursue his dreams full time. Aron then went on to create commercials for companies like BGI Ethiopia, Sole Rebels, Jano Beer, and DSTV. Aron also worked on personal projects such as “The Patriots History”, “Still in Motion”, “The Town of Azmaries”. Through these projects Aron was able to showcase his work at incredibly notable exhibitions such as the New York Photoville, the 1:54 Art Fair in London and two of Africa’s most prominent photography festivals; ‘The Bamako Biennial’ in Mali and ‘The Joburg Art Fair’ in South Africa.

Inspiring Business


Yoadan Tilahun

The founder and managing director of Flawless events. In 2004, she started Flawless Events in Washington Metropolitan Area, the USA alongside her work in international sales and business development. Her invaluable experience and contribution in the corporate sector reinforced her approach of result-oriented strategy and precision which grew the company’s clientele.

In 2008, Yoadan moved the company to Ethiopia in recognition of the potential and opportunities in the flourishing diplomatic capital of Africa, home to a growing number of international conventions, events, and forums. Flawless Events increasingly became recognized for its organizational excellence among the international development, private and government sectors. Her vision continues to grow with plans to further improve regional industry standards and expand services to other countries.

Yoadan leads Flawless Events with a keen eye for design and detail and a passion for flawless delivery. Yoadan is an enthusiastic advocate for professionalizing the MICE industry in East Africa. She is also an active member of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA). Yoadan serves as the president of the Ethiopian Events & Exhibition Organizers Association. She holds an MBA in International Business and is fluent in Amharic, English, and French.


Teodros Abraham

Abraham is the founder and managing director of CLS Logistics Services, a logistics company that has been running for almost 11 years in Ethiopia. He's been a pioneer in different sectors and has a vast experience in entrepreneurship.

Blayne Tesfaye

Founder of TruLuv Granola: all-natural healthy snack bars made with love. 
After noticing a gap in the availability of natural and healthy snack bars, Blayne set out to discover a sweet and healthy recipe that would work and she was successful. 
TruLuv Granola has grown to be favoured among healthy snacks and is now available in TruLuv Granola shop, supermarkets, and hotels.

Startup Ecosystem



GrowthAfrica is a leading acceleration and growth partner for African entrepreneurs and companies scaling their business in and across Africa. We provide business growth programmes for high-potential entrepreneurs as well as design and deliver activities for partners and clients in support of entrepreneurs.

We focus on growing ambitious and scalable African ventures and SMEs into successful enterprises through business acceleration, strategic advice and access to investments.
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Nairobi, GrowthAfrica has grown into an experienced African business and impact accelerator and advisory firm. It has worked with more than 2,000 growing African businesses, and since 2012 accelerated more than 200 African ventures.

Today GrowthAfrica has its own offices in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi and Ghana. More offices will be added in the strategy to become pan African and serve ventures across the continent.


Ice Addis

IceAddis is a collaborative work environment. They facilitate creative projects and events.

This is also a place where young entrepreneurs, local and visiting creative get professional support and consultancy, also it’s a place where great innovations coming out of Addis.

Markos Lemma is the Co-founder & CEO at iceAddis. 

He was born in 1984. Markos Lemma is a techie, activist, co-founder of iceaddis – Ethiopia's first innovation hub & tech startups incubator and co-founder of SelamCompany – a startup company working on primary education and literacy. 

He is a coordinator on a research program on literacy, a project running by MIT, OLPC & Tufts University with direct supervision of Nicholas Negroponte, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal & Maryanne Wolf. 
He organizes Barcamp Ethiopia once a year. Barcamp Ethiopia is the biggest tech community event in Ethiopia. He loves the active tech community and initiated different technology events. He is a collaborator, a blogger (Author for GlobalVoices). He mainly blogs and speaks about social media, mobile technology in Africa, green tech, and social affairs.

His work mentioned on different media such as The Economist, BBC, CCTV, Al Jazeera, TechCrunch. He graduated in computer science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).


Social Enterprise Ethiopia (SEE)

Set up by seven visionary social entrepreneurs in 2018, is the national body for social enterprise – business with a social and environmental mission. SEE aims to develop the social enterprise sector in Ethiopia by bringing together the larger community of social enterprises, aspiring social entrepreneurs, government bodies, supportive organizations and individuals through our various programs, initiatives and events to help build a vibrant social enterprise ecosystem.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
E info@mellaethiopia.org
P +251 94 473 6234

Follow Us


Copyright © 2020 Mella.
+251 94 473 6234 Sar bet, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia