Call to Service

The ongoing Ethiopian political reform and the grand vision of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have fueled interest in the Ethiopian and African Diaspora communities to share their experience in industry and the academic world.  In line with this call to service, Teach and Serve for Africa (TASFA) and the Ethiopian Diaspora Service Initiative (EDSI) have declared August as ‘ The Ethiopian Diaspora Service Month ’ under the theme “ Bring Minds Together – Bridge the Gap ”. To kickoff this event, TASFA/EDSI is collaborating with the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Research Studies (ICIRS) to host its summer 2019 conference from August 1 - 3, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The conference will cover a wide range of topics aligned to the functions of the Ethiopian Government’s ministries, agencies, and commissions.  The knowledge exchange breakout sessions are geared towards establishing links between local and Diaspora professionals of the same profession and supporting government efficiency in the following focused areas.
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Capital Planning and Investment Control
  • Culture, Youth, Community Development, and Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Engineering – Infrastructure / Power
  • Engineering Education Conference and Engineering Pedagogy
  • Finance and Investment
  • Health
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Travel
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Legal Affairs
  • Peace, Diplomacy, and Regional Security
  • Public Affairs  and Communication Strategies
  • Transportation
  • Special Sessions
This conference will serve as a meeting place for scholar practitioners, researchers, and policy makers engaged in research and practice and provide a platform for the exchange of ideas on challenges, opportunities, emerging trends, and best practices in their respective fields. Interested professionals/practitioners who want to attend or participate as session leads, moderators, and panelists are invited to register at the ICIRS Conference site .
We hope you will take time from your busy schedules to participate and look forward to meeting you at the conference.
Conference Co-Chairs
Sandokan Debebe, Director General, Ethiopian Innovation and Technology Institute 
Yacob Astatke, D.Eng.
Seble Mengesha, PhD, PMP, CISSP
Samson Teferra, MA, PMP 
Dereje Tessema, PhD, PMP, PMI-ACP, CEA, SAFe