Mark

Mark Gelfand

FOUNDER

Mark Gelfand created STEMpower (and its predecessor the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust) because of a passion for science&engineering, as well as a desire to give forward. His mission is to see all students have access to the same kind of quality STEM education experience that he had in the United States.

 

Kidist

Kidist Gebreamlak 

DIRECTOR I PRESIDENT

Kidist Gebreamlak serves as President on STEM power's Board of Directors and as an Executive Director.

 

Mike

Mike Castricone

DIRECTOR I TREASURER 

Mike is a certified public accountant with years of experience in finance, administration and operations. Mike has served as Chief Financial Officer of various technology companies, such as Guardium, Inc. and WebLayers.

Shachar

Shachar Zahavi

DIRECTOR I SECRETARY

A veteran humanitarian aid expert experienced in disaster response and sustainable development, Shachar has led relief missions and built sustainable long-term programs since 1994.  His passion and work has impacted communities in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Shumete

Dr. Shumete Gizaw

DIRECTOR

Dr. Shumete serves as Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Before assuming this position, Dr. Shumete was a State Minister for the Ethiopian Ministry of Innovation & Technology.

Abebe II

Abebe Girmay

DIRECTOR

Abebe Girmay is Countrymanager-Mastercard-EastAfrica in Nairobi, Kenya. Abebe is responsible for country management, business development and expansion and relationships to support business strategy by identifying and introducing innovative payment solutions across the Horn of Africa markets.

Tamrat

Tamrat Berhanu

DIRECTOR

Tamrat is an Israeli-Ethiopian technologist and entrepreneur, who has established many agriculture projects in Ethiopia, including our Green Mark Herbs farm, one of the most successful and state-of-the-art farms in Ethiopia.

 

Helen

Helen Mesfin

DIRECTOR

Born and raised in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, Helen Mesfin moved to the United States at the age of 17 to pursue higher education. She worked her way through college, earning a degree in Business Management, and launching her professional career in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.