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Aklile Gessesse to drive the firm’s hydropower operations across Eastern Africa

Aklile Gessesse MWHAddis Ababa, Ethiopia – MWH, now part of Stantec, a global engineering, consulting and construction firm, announced today that it has hired Aklile Gessesse to lead the company’s waterpower and dams group in Ethiopia. Gessesse will serve as operations and commercial manager – Eastern Africa with a focus on water resource, power and dam projects in Ethiopia and Eastern Africa, building on the more than 50 years of MWH infrastructure experience in the region.

“Aklile’s leadership and local experience is a great addition to our team, as we continue delivering infrastructure and energy projects to Ethiopia,” said Mario Finis, leader of the global waterpower and dams group for MWH.  “Eastern Africa has demonstrated a long-term commitment to clean energy solutions.  The addition of Aklile to our team enables us to support our clients through increased leadership and presence in the region.”

Gessesse brings more than 30 years of experience in engineering projects to the role. As the operations and commercial manager – Eastern Africa, he will focus on strengthening key regional client relationships and exploring new opportunities across Eastern Africa.

He joins MWH after serving as country representative in Ethiopia for one of the world’s largest full-service design firms, where he led various international development programs. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in hydrology from the University of Kentucky. He will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

MWH and Stantec have worked on various infrastructure projects in the region, dating back to the 1960s.

MWH, which merged with Stantec in May 2016, has nearly 100 years of hydropower and dam experience including feasibility studies, detailed design and construction management. MWH is providing owner’s engineer services to Ethiopian Electric Power for the nearly completed Genale-Dawa (GD-3) Multipurpose Hydropower Project on the Genale River. This project will provide 254 MW of hydroelectric power and irrigation water for downstream agriculture. For more information about MWH dam and hydropower experience, visit

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