Dr Arega Yirdaw

Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, MIDROC Gold

Dr. Arega Yirdaw is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MIDROC Technology Group and President of Unity University. In his capacity as the CEO, he carries executive leadership and management responsibilities of 26 Technology Group Companies. The Companies are engaged in multi-sector business activities including mining, agriculture, real estate, retailing, air transport, engineering, education, project management, manufacturing and distributions.
He has served as General Manager/CEO of MIDROC Gold Mine PLC, the largest mine in the country for 20 years. He also serves as the President of Unity University, which is the first and largest private higher education institute in the country.
He came to his current executive leadership of MIDROC Technology Group after 20 years of professional services in the USA, where he was engaged in Engineering, science and management activities in technology based companies which are involved in the design and manufacturing of components & systems for use by commercial & military aircraft as well as missiles. He is among the recognized leaders in the Aerospace, Defense and Air Transport Engineering services. His contribution in the design & manufacturing of the MD-80 automatic brake valves and the flight control systems for the known Maverick and JDAM missiles are among the notable achievements scored.
Prior to the above assignment, he served Ethiopian Airlines for 10 years in the Engineering, Quality Control and Corporate Planning Departments. He has also served as a responsible resident Engineer at Boeing, Washington State, during the manufacture and delivery of the first Ethiopian Airline Boeing 727 Aircraft.
Dr. Arega Yirdaw holds BSc (in Mechanical Engineering), MSC (in Air Transport) and PhD (in Corporate Management) and EdD in Educational Leadership and Change, from Universities in Ethiopia, United Kingdom and United States of America respectively.
Dr. Arega Yirdaw holds several awards and professional licenses in recognition of his professional achievements. He has authored & co-authored several professional publications and is a member of many professional associations.