Abayneh is the Chief Program Officer (CPO) of Teach For Ethiopia. Abayneh grew up in Bahir
Dar, Ethiopia and went to a government-run school. Accordingly, he has an in-depth insight
about the challenges in government-run schools in Ethiopia. Moreover, both of his parents did
not have a formal education and Abayneh could see that education was the only option for him
to lead a successful life. Therefore, it is no coincidence that Abayneh spent most of his
professional life working to improve education systems. He has been working in the education
sector for over 18 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, program manager and consultant.
Abayneh has worked extensively with Ethiopia's Ministry of Education, Regional Education
Bureaus, Donors in the education space, and other key stakeholders in the area of Education.
He has extensive experience managing education projects as well as designing and facilitating
a range of training workshops for teachers and teacher educators, including Teacher Training,
School Leadership, and Training of Trainers. He has delivered short term training and training
of trainers not only in Ethiopia but in more than 10 African countries. Abayneh was a Delivery
Unit Expert for a DFID funded education project in Ethiopia where he planned and facilitated the
delivery workshops, content development for the strategies, quality assurance, monitoring and
follow up of the Ministry Delivery Unit and Regional Education Bureaus Delivery Units. He also
managed teams for the coaching strategy, designed the monitoring and evaluation of the project
and delivered capacity building training for the monitors in different regions.
Other education projects Abayneh led and participated as a consultant include, the Malala
Fund, English for Education Systems funded by the British Council, Peacekeeping English to
support the Ethiopian Military and SOS Children Village. Abayneh graduated with Merit with MA in Teacher Development from Leeds University in the UK. He is also serving as President
of the Ethiopian English Language Professionals’ Association. Abayneh strongly believes that
learning is lifelong.