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Secretary-General Appoints Shumete Gizaw Under-Secretary-General for Technological Innovation and Digitalisation Enhancement

The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC), H.E. Sheikh Manssour Bin Mussallam, announced today his decision to appoint Dr Shumete Gizaw, of Ethiopia, as Under-Secretary-General for Technological Innovation and Digitalisation Enhancement.

Dr Shumete brings with him an experience of over 20 years in public policy and academia. Prior to his appointment at the OEC, he served as Director-General of the Information Network Security Administration (INSA), an Ethiopian government agency focused on the cyberspace and cybersecurity, with an emphasis on building national capabilities to safeguard information infrastructure. After having served as State Minister of Innovation and Technology, Dr Shumete was Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia from May 2019 until February 2020. He has additionally been the Dean and Academic and Research Vice-President of Dilla University in Ethiopia from 2013 through 2016.

On accepting this appointment at the OEC, Dr Shumete stated:

“I am honoured and humbled to be appointed by the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Educational Cooperation to serve as Under-Secretary-General for Technological Innovation and Digitalisation Enhancement. The ground-breaking vision put forward by the OEC – in order to build the education we need and shape the future we want – is one which resonates profoundly with my personal interests and convictions, and provides concrete solutions to challenges faced by Member States. I am therefore committed to contribute to this noble endeavour and live up to the responsibilities entrusted to me by the Secretary-General with the skills and experience that I have acquired both as a policy-maker and as an academic in Ethiopia.”

In his new capacity at the OEC, Dr Shumete heads the Department of Technological Innovation and Digitalisation Enhancement (TIDE) and serves in the Cabinet of the Secretary-General.