Aderaw Dagnew is a development professional with more than 30 years of experience. Most of this time was spent in Ethiopia where Aderaw was largely in the public sector in areas of disaster risk management, cooperative promotion & business development and government advisory services in rural development. Aderaw holds a Master of Science (MSc.) degree in Environment and Development and a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Rural Development and Extension, both from Reading University, United Kingdom.
Aderaw joined EMERTA (Ethiopians Motivating Enterprises to Rise in Trade and Agribusiness) project of MEDA in December 2016 in the position of Gemstones Value Chain Senior Specialist and currently is leading the gemstones value chain business development activities of the project.
EMERTA is a 6-year project that focuses on improving income and employment for small businesses in rice, vegetables and gemstones. MEDA-the Mennonite Economic Development Associates-is headquartered in Waterloo, Canada. MEDA’s Ethiopia Office manages the EMERTA project in country and is supported by the Government of Canada and private supporters. The EMERTA project coordinates with dozens private sector and government partners in Ethiopia.