In September 2016, MBA students were given the opportunity to apply to be a part of this unique project team. Many students applied but only nine (9) students were chosen to be a part of the team. The nine students chosen are as follows: Hickimatu Braimah, Beatrice Artadi, Sean DeWitt, Sarah Prendergast, Doran Walker, Jodi-Ann Sadler, Tim Buckland, Diane Turner and Nevil Shah.
This was a start of an adventurous, fun, stressful and perspective changing project. After months of research, lots of meetings and discussions with the client (IGAD), the team of nine along with their professor Dr. Emily Block are finally in Ethiopia to do some on the ground research.
On January 5th 2017, the first of nine students arrived in Ethiopia and on January 6th another 6 students along with their professor arrived. Due to the long flight to Ethiopia, the first day was spent getting over jet-lag, familiarizing ourselves with Addis Ababa and also meeting a key person in from IGAD, Dr. Girum Hailu.
Key highlights of our first day includes:
- Exploring the city centre of Addis Ababa
- Witnessing the traditional Ethiopian coffee roasting and brewing ceremony
- Enjoying dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant
- Meeting with Dr. Girum to discuss meetings we will be having while in Ethiopia
Interesting fact: Christmas in Ethiopia is in January. This year, Christmas fell on January 8th and as part of the Christmas celebration we got to part-take in the Ethiopian coffee brewing tradition.
Interesting Fact: Grass is spread of the floor during Christmas in Ethiopia