Dr. Tewabech Bishaw is an Ethiopian Public Health Professional with over 40 years of national and international work in public health and development. Her career first started in her hometown of Jimma, Ethiopia, as a primary school teacher. She later joined the Public Health College in Gondar, and after serving in rural Ethiopia she pursued her post graduate studies in Public Health and continued to serve for about 15 years in different senior management and national leadership positions in the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia
After this, she worked for over 20 years in UNICEF in four different countries and several varying functions in Ethiopia, India, Namibia and Botswana with a focus on Health, Nutrition, Water Supply and Sanitation sectors. Dr. Tewabech was a founder and leader of the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) and is also a co-founder and Secretary General of the African Federation of Public Health Associations working to create a Pan-African platform for National Public Health Associations. She is a member and leader of the Society of Ethiopian Women in Science and Technology and the Society of Women Against AIDS. She is actively engaged as an International Board of Governors for AMREF Health Africa, and as a member of the Governing Council of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. Her contribution also spans serving in a number of Technical Advisory Committees in the World Health Organization, Africa Region including on Health Services Research, Human Resources Development for Health and on Immunization.
In 2012, Dr. Tewabech was nominated as one of the Top Ten Ethiopian Women of Excellence by the Association of Ethiopian Women in Business. She was also nominated by the Ethiopian people in 2013 as an Inspiring Ethiopian recognized for her leadership and pioneering role as a woman in Public Health. In 2015, she was given a National Award of Recognition by the Ethiopian Government for her contribution on Knowledge Diaspora Engagement for Ethiopia’s Capacity building and development. Internationally, she was nominated and included in the Top 100 Women Leaders in Global Public Health through a campaign organized by the Global Health Program of the Graduate Institute, Geneva.
Dr. Tewabech is the Founder and Managing Director of Alliance for Brain-Gain and Innovative Development (ABIDE), a pioneer Ethiopian NGO that focuses on facilitating brain-gain for human resource, institutional and national capacity building through knowledge exchange and technology transfer.
Currently she is working on her autobiography to share her experience as a pioneering woman in a changing and modernizing Ethiopia, as a public health professional across the world and as an elder citizen reflecting on her life and journey.
Dr. Tewabech Bishaw holds a Bachelor’s degree from Addis Abeba University Gondar Public Health College, Master of Public Health, Diploma in Health Education as well as a Dr. of Health Sciences degree, both from Loma Linda University School of Health, Loma Linda, Ca. USA. She is grandmother to five grandchildren and an active social entrepreneur.