Director Information Security

Gezahegn Tadesse is a senior Electrical Engineer with a progressive and professional experience of two decades in Information Technology, Information Security and Telecom. His core expertise spans Enterprise Information systems Security, IT Project Managements and Delivery, Infrastructure Solutions mainly for the Banking and Telecom Sector. Gezahegn has been with CBE for five years (as a Network Engineer), Zemen Bank (as a Consultant for two years) , with Bunna Bank as an ICT Project Manager for two years and currently with Awash Bank as a Director of Information Security.
His Telecom domain engagement includes the current Ethio –Telecom, Huawei Technologies, AT&T, where he had led infrastructure projects mainly for the Security components of the Project.
Gezahegn is also an avid and seasoned member of a public speaking club –Toastmasters International for the last fifteen years and had served as a President, Treasurer and sergeant at arms of the Addis Ababa Toastmasters Club. Gezahegn is equally passionate in the delivery of advanced Technical trainings in Information System Security; has been teaching official MS Curriculum that leads to Certification and various college courses for the last 15 years (Information Systems, Security and Network Security) at HiLCoE, Micro Link, the Postgraduate school of Ethio-Telecom and ITSC. His certifications include MCSE , CEH, CISM CISSP, CISSP-ISSMP.
His previous speaking engagement at an International level spans as a regular speaker on Cyber Security at IAD (innovation Africa Digital Summit) organized by Extensia London, CISO ME , Commercial Risk Europe, Cyber Security Africa Summit, SWIFT Africa Regional Conference, ACCA Global , Terrapin Cards and Payments Middle East ,Terrapin Cards and Payments Africa, Terrapin Learning and Development, ATM Security London, GITEX (Gulf IT Exhibition) , GISEC(Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference) , GEMEC(Gulf Enterprise Mobility Expo and Conference), The Big Data Show and IoT at Dubai WTC, Extensia Connect to Connect Summit.
Gezahegn had also attended and contributed to focus group -CIO summits like CISO Council Dubai, Cloud MENA, Flemings Retail Banking, Deloitte Technology Forum in Analysing Technology Trends and Futures.
Gezahegn is serving as the founding chartered member and current President of the Ethiopian Chapter of ISC2, a Global - Professional body of Information Systems Security and regularly writes on itnewsafrica.com, isc2 eNnewsletter, Infosec Magazine.