Alema Woldemariam has MFI Technical Service Providers Certification Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, MSc degree in Cooperative Marketing from Mekelle University and BSc degree in Agricultural Economics from Alemaya University of Agriculture. Moreover, he had received various training certificates in rural finance, leadership and business development related topics.
Alema Woldemariam is a development practitioner and rural finance specialist with 29 years of experience in project/programme management, rural finance development, marketing, capacity building, food security and livelihoods development, planning, monitoring and evaluation, project design, women economic empowerment, fighting violence against women and girls.
During these years, he participated in designing and implementation of various agricultural projects (small scale irrigation-river diversion, beekeeping for landless youth, restocking for rural poor women and landless youth, promotion and establishment of saving and credit cooperatives including women only saving and credit cooperatives in the rural area, HABP/PSNP-3 implementation, PSNP-4 design and implementation of the livelihood component.
Before joining to TASC, he was employed by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) working for International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as the Household Asset Building Programme (HABP) and PSNP-4 livelihood component rural finance technical advisor and Livelihood Technical Adviser respectively seconded to Federal Cooperative Agency (FCA) and FSCD since October 2012.
Alema has also worked as Percody Agricultural Development Plc. Manager, Community Centered Development Programme Coordinator for Action Aide Ethiopia, Mekelle ICT Business Incubation Center Manager, Mekelle Daughters of Charity Aba-Gebremichael Street Children Programme Coordinator, ACDI/VOCA-Ethiopia Agricultural Cooperative in Ethiopia (ACE-Tigray) Field Office Coordinator, Tigray Cooperative Agency Acting Department Head of the Marketing, Input and Credit Department, Head of Planning and Programming Service for the Western Zone Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Department, Sopral Asmara and Combolcha meat processing plants planning and programming expert.
Alema is skilled in developing and delivering trainings to federal and regional livelihood experts, MFI officers, in the area of livelihoods, value chain, agribusiness, financial performance management, financial risk management, micro-insurances, financial literacy, financial product development, financial inclusion, tools on microfinance impact evaluation, marketing, monitoring and evaluation, business development skills in the three livelihood pathways livelihood cash transfer and micro credit management, development coaching and mentoring, facilitation and capacity development processes.