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Engineer Kifle Horo – the strong professional behind the success of GERD

Who is Engineer Kifle Horo?

Profile of Kifle Horo – the new Project Manager of Ethiopia’s mega dam – GERD

Engineer Kifle Horo is the Project Manager of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam since October 03, 2018. By overcoming that all complex challenges, this engineer made the aim to be true. Eng. Kifle Horo appointed as the new Project Manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Africa’s largest gravity dam located located approximately 500 km north west of the capital Addis Ababa, in the region of Benishangul-Gumaz along the Blue Nile.

Since the death of Eng. Simegnew Bekele, the late Project Manager of GERD, in late July 2018, Eng. Efrem Weldekidan led the construction of GERD serving as interim manager of the project. Eng. Simegnew Bekele has been project manager/lead engineer of GERD since the construction began in April 2011.

Eng. Efrem Weldekidan and Fekadu Kebede will serve as deputy project managers.

Eng. Kifle Horo aslo served at the Ethiopian Electric Power, as power sector consultant and advisory for project management, according to the Ethiopian Electric Power. He has more than 30+ years of experience in the field as his profile shows.

Engineer Kifle Horo: Employment and Education Profile


◌ ELC Electroconsult S.p.A. (Ethiopia)
TITLE: Consultant for project development and project management
DATES EMPLOYED: Oct 2017 – Present
◌ Ethiopian Electric Power (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
TITLE: Adviser, Portfolio Management Office
DATES EMPLOYED: Sep 2015 – May 2017
◌ Ethiopian Electric Power (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
TITLE: Head, Generation Program Office
DATES EMPLOYED: Dec 2013 – Oct 2015
◌ Ethiopian Electric Power (Ethiopia)
TITLE: Joint Project Coordinator, Ethiopia Kenya Power Systems Interconnection Project
DATES EMPLOYED: Jun 2013 – Dec 2014
◌ Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. (Ethiopia)
TITLE: Coordinator, World Bank and African Development Bank financed projects
DATES EMPLOYED: Jun 2012 – Jun 2014
◌ Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. (Ethiopia)
TITLE: Project Manager GERD Project (electromechanical, hydraulic steel structures)
DATES EMPLOYED: Jan 2011 – Nov 2012
◌ Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. (Ethiopia)
TITLE: Project Manager Beles Multipurpose Project
DATES EMPLOYED: Jun 2006 – Dec 2010
◌ Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. (Ethiopia)
TITLE: Department Director, Electromechanical works Projects Administration Department
DATES EMPLOYED: Oct 2004 – May 2006
◌ Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. (Ethiopia)
TITLE: Deputy Project Manager, Gilgel Gibe Hydroelectric Project
DATES EMPLOYED: Aug 1998 – Sep 2004
◌ Ethiopian Electric Power Corp. (Ethiopia)
TITLE: Engineer
DATES EMPLOYED: Apr 1984 – Aug 1988


Salford University, Salford, Greater Manchester, UK (2013 – 2015)
MA Degree in Project Management

Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences, Schmalkalden, Germany (1997 – 1998)
Advanced Professional training in electrical maintenance

Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1979 – 1984)
BSc Degree in Electrical Engineering

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