AfBAA Ethiopia Roundtable
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) launched its first independent Chapter
on 9 August 2016, when the AfBAA Ethiopia Chapter was formed in the country’s capital
Addis Ababa. The meeting, which was also the first in a series of AfBAA Country
Roundtables, was attended by almost 40 delegates. Representatives from both the public
and private sectors discussed the current state of Business Aviation in Ethiopia, and how
best to enhance the industry, and its anticipated growth. Representatives of the Civil
Aviation Authority, AfBAA’s Executive Director, private operators, aviation suppliers,
Ethiopian Airlines, and members of the media, discussed challenges and solutions related to
the development of Ethiopia’s Business Aviation sector.
Dawit Lemma, President of the AfBAA Ethiopia Chapter
Dawit Lemma is the founder and serves as the Managing Director of Krimson ACMC PLC. He is a Swiss citizen, but of Ethiopian origin, and has lived and/or worked all over the world; from Zambia to Afghanistan, the USA to Switzerland - making him a true global citizen. Dawit returned to Ethiopia in 2012, after almost 30 years abroad, as he recognized the thriving potential and opportunities being displayed by Ethiopia’s economic resurgence.
He is a graduate of Purdue University in the USA, where he received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering & Flight Technology. He also holds a MSc. degree in Aviation Management & Marketing from the Basel Business College in Switzerland.
He has extensive professional experience in both the Aviation and Marketing industries, with a cache of notable companies from around the world, including TAG Aviation, Havas Media Group, Emirates Airlines, Dentsu, Ethiopian Airlines, and Red Bull, to name a few. He passionately engages in strategy and business development for several agencies and organizations by building strategic partnerships around the world and developing customized solutions for his clients. He holds an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic’s License (American FAA), Commercial Pilot’s License (American FAA, South African CAA, Swiss FOCA/EASA), and an EASA Frozen ATPL.
Dawit’s commitment to excellence and achievement has lead to Krimson’s positive growth and sound reputation in a short period of time. Krimson’s mantra of Achievement through Quality & Integrity of Service serves as more than just a philosophy but a lifestyle and deep rooted value that Dawit has applied through out his education and professional career.
Sheraton Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Set in a grand, Colonial-style building, this luxury hotel is 1 km from the Ethiopian National Theatre and 2 km from the National Museum of Ethiopia.
Relaxed, simply furnished rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars and desks. Club-floor rooms add lounge access and free cocktails, while suites feature separate living rooms; some have balconies or dining rooms. There are 3-storey villas with butler service and private pools, plus saunas and gyms.
Breakfast is available (fee). The 10 dining options include an Italian restaurant, an Indian eatery and a hip nightclub. There's a heated outdoor pool and a luxe spa with a sauna and a whirlpool tub.