Dr Tsegaye Degineh receives the highest recognition from the Federal Republic of Germany

Dr Tsegaye Degineh has received the highest recognition from the Federal Republic of Germany. He was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit with Ribbon by the President of Germany, Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier for his manifold services to the common good and his very personal intercultural commitment.

The Founder of The Ju-Jitsu and Judo Federation in Ethiopia is Vice President of the JJAFU and member of the JJIF Ethics commission. His entire work for the people in Germany, Ethiopia and Africa is always connected with the goal of “development, peace, fairness, education”

Recently he took over the responsibility for all JJIF activities for sustainability

The Federal Cross of Merit is awarded for special achievements in the political, economic, cultural, intellectual or honorary fields. Besides Dr. Tsegaye, very few Ethiopians such as Emperor Haile Selassie and Prince Asfa-Wossen have been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit.

Dr Degineh is passionate about voluntary work, i.e. doing something for other people for free since his studying times in Germany and is still highly committed to many people on a voluntary basis.

The doctor of economics has many years of experience in various positions as multi-project manager, project management and enterprise architecture management. He is currently, among other things, Diversity Officer and responsible for HR Communications at Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Sales Germany and was portrayed last year as the “Face of Sustainability” of the Group. Dr. Degineh has a great expertise in the areas of: international project experience, intercultural competencies, information technology, human resources and sustainability.

Since 2000, Tsegaye Degineh, who was born in Addis Ababa, supported various humanitarian initiatives in Ethiopia such as financial school fee support for needy children and orphans.

He is highly engaged in the German-Ethiopian and German-African knowledge transfer in various fields, especially for value transfer, German development experiences as well as in project management. Since the beginning of the Corona crisis he regularly informed the Ethiopian government but also the Ethiopian people living in the diaspora about the German Corona fighting strategy and passes on transparent and extremely helpful measures to his compatriots.

For the initiative of a city partnership between Addis Ababa and Berlin, he was entrusted with the successful establishment of contacts between the offices of the two mayors.

For some time now, he has been personally advising the Ethiopian Minister of State for Culture and Sports, in particular with a view to drawing up an implementable sports and education roadmap for the country of some 110 million inhabitants.

Currently, Dr Degineh is sought by the Ethiopian Ambassador in Berlin, as an advisor to strengthen her task-force on numerous issues and also has a close contact with the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office and wrote several publications entitled: “Practical Knowledge Transfer from Germany” to the Ethiopian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Abiy Ahmed. He accompanied the Prime Minister and his high-level delegation during the “G7 Summit Compact for Africa 2019” in Germany.

Dr Degineh continues to be a member and official in various voluntary associations and is intensively involved in many economic and socio-political events on the topics of “Integration and Africa”.

He has written numerous technical papers and is in great demand by German and African media as an interview partner on the topics of “Economy and Politics, Project Management, Integration and Migration, Experiences from Germany and Europe, Ethiopia, Sports and Society, Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Economy and Society”.

His book “Project Management for Millennium” published in Amharic (official Ethiopian language), is a standard work in ministries and institutions in Ethiopia and has been recommended by the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association as suitable for adult education through IIZ/DVV. In addition, he has published another book in Amharic “Martial Art Philosophy and Basic Techniques” which is first time in Amharic and unique in Africa.

Dr Tsegaye Degineh is a bridge builder. The award demonstrates that Germany is honouring and supporting all kind of efforts for “peace and development”. Congratulations.