Tizzita Tefera

Co-founder & CEO | Maisha Technologies | Ethiopia

Tizzita is the co-founder and CEO of Maisha Technologies, a ‘drones for good’ social enterprise based in Ethiopia. Maisha works to provide custom designed and built drones for use cases in medical delivery and agricultural mapping. These custom solutions are designed to democratise access via the use of drones and showcase the potential of drones in humanitarian applications.

Tizzita is also a co-founding member of Social Enterprise Ethiopia, a social enterprise advocacy and support association in Ethiopia, where she is currently the policy/research and events lead. Her passion for the social enterprise field is evident in her career path and her academic background, having earned an MSc in Social Entrepreneurship & Management, with research focuses including the study of how technology can be used to solve pressing social issues.

Additionally she is a youth advisory panellist for British Government programs in Ethiopia and provides insights on how to make programs more youth friendly. She is also a co-founding member of the African Aerospace & Remote Data Alliance, which is a Pan-African association advocating for better policy within the aerospace field on the African continent.

Tizzita believes that women and youth have much to contribute to the development of the African continent when given opportunities to do so. As such she is a strong advocate for gender equality and youth empowerment.