Our Eritrean Staff

Iyassu Ghebrerufael
Country Director
Iyassu's Profile

Iyassu is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic direction, organizational and programme management of Vita. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and minoring in Management from the University of Asmara, Eritrea. He also has various diplomas and certificates in Accounting and Finance.

Iyassu has more than 39 years of work experience, 15 years with International Organizations; the first two years with Family Planning, a Local NGO in Eritrea, and the proceeding 13 with Vita Eritrea. He joined Vita in 2006 as the Administration and Finance Manager, and  was later promoted to his current post as Vita’s Country Director.

Before joining Vita, Iyassu worked in both tobacco and textile factories, Transhorn Transport Company, merchandise firms, and other Accounting and Auditing Firms, where he held key financial, auditing and administrative posts.

Tesfai Yemane
Finance and Administration Manager
Tesfai's Profile

Tesfai has worked with Vita for eight years. He joined Vita after working as an audit training manager and the counterpart of an audit expert in the National Audit Office of Eritrea. Before that he had worked in different capacities with National Audit Office of Ethiopia, Oil Company, NGO and as an authorized accountant.

Tesfai holds a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Southern New Hampshire, USA. Beyond finance and administration work, he has been involved in monitoring and undertaking follow ups of projects carried out by Vita.

Afwerki Solomon
Programme Coordinator
Afwerki's Profile

Afwerki graduated from Asmara University with a degree in Management in 1986. Prior to Independence, he was assigned as a programme officer in the planning and statistics division where he was mainly responsible for the preparation of the Minister of Agriculture’s plans and budgets for the province of Eritrea during the Ethiopian Regime. After Independence, Afwerki was assigned as a programme officer to coordinate NGOs, bilateral and multilateral financed projects within the Ministry of Agriculture in Eritrea until 1998.

He has also worked as a planning and budget officer responsible for the preparation of annual plans and budgets of the Ministry. In September 2002, he left the Ministry and joined NCA (Norwegian Church Aid) where he coordinated integrated projects in Zoba Seimenawi Keih Bahri, Debub and Anseba until April 2012. Moreover, he also worked as a Finance and Administration Manager in Investment and Development Bank. Currently, he is a project manager for Vita’s agricultural projects.

Fetsumberhan Ghebreyohannes
Programme Quality Manager
Fetsumberhan's Profile

Fetsumberhan’s background is in the area of planning, socio-economic development, monitoring and evaluation. He has more than 25 years of experience having worked in various areas in the Ministry of Agriculture as a senior expert, planning and statistics professional, programme coordinator, and as a Monitoring & Evaluation Officer in Central Highlands Irrigated Horticulture Development Project. Moreover, he worked as a programme officer with Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) for the Ministry of Land, Water & Environment. Prior to joining Vita, he spent 7 years working as a private consultant on socio-economic studies and planning development resources. Fetsumberhan holds a master’s degree in Management of Agricultural Knowledge Systems from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Fetsumberhan joined Vita as a part-time Programme Quality Manager in 2016.

 
Wenghelawit Asrat
Project Manager
Wenghelawit's Profile

Wenghelawit joined Vita in 2015 after working as a teacher in Asmara Community College of Education and SMAP Institute of Training, Education and Consultancy. She holds a master’s degree in English Education from Euclid University and has also worked as a journalist in the Ministry of Information.

Wenghelawit has volunteered in open-distance learning, preparing radio scripts and recording audios of middle school textbooks on cassettes and CDs to ensure basic education levels for drop out school children. Currently, she is a project manager for the Vita Green Impact Fund. Her primary interest is always in helping people and supporting them to improve their livelihoods.