Our Heroes

H.E. Girma Wolde Giorgis

Girma Wolde Giorgis is the former President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia who served for 2 consecutive terms of 6 years each from 2001 to 2013. He also has an international award in his name referred to as President Girma Wolde-Giorgis Environmental Award.

He launched an environmental protection association called ‘Lem Ethiopia’ in 1983 Ethiopian calendar and to date is serving as Vice President of the Board of the Association. He is a great environmentalist and champions protection of Ethiopian culture, heritage and natural resource conservation. During his presidential tenure, he gave 46 ha of land in Ambo town to TEA to be used as Cultural and Heritage Center. Accordingly, TEA has assigned the area as Multi Purpose Village which is used as cultural and heritage center, beekeeping center, nursery site, refreshment corridor, library and cafeteria for the people of Ambo town and surrounding villages. He supports TEA as a patron and we are very humbled to have him aboard.

Ato Girma is a remarkable and highly motivated person, a true example of the strong intellectual leader of Ethiopia demonstrated by his vigor in educating the young and providing peace and economic stability to communities.

Many people in Africa and globally have recognized and appreciated the efforts of Girma Wolde Giorgis among them include; I Change Nations President and World Peace Ambassador, Dr. Clyde Rivers who says, “I am very grateful to the former President of Ethiopia, President Girma Wolde-Giorgis, for allowing I Change Nations to establish an international award in his name. The name of the award is President Girma Wolde-Giorgis Environmental Award. We are establishing the International Environmental Award in honor and acknowledgement of his work on the protection of the environment of Ethiopia and his advocate work for the Land Use Policy of Ethiopia.”