H.E. Getahun Mekuria Kuma (Dr.Ing.), was appointed Minister of Innovation and Technology of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in October 2018, after previously serving as Minister of Science and Technology since November 2016. After studying for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Addis Ababa University (AAU) and four years of work experience as an electrical network distribution engineer with Ethiopia’s state electricity utility, he became head of the Technical Department at the Siemens subsidiary in Ethiopia. From 2010 to 2012 he was Director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and from 2012 to 2014 he was Deputy Scientific Director of the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT). He began his political career as Director-General of the Ministry of Science and Technology and was appointed in February 2016 as State Minister and the then Minister of Science and Technology in November 2016.