H.E Samuel Kifle Kidane (PhD) is the State Minister for Science and Higher Education. He was born on 24 December 1978 in a small town of Ilala (Jiaji) in West Shoa, Oromia. Raised in a family making life in mixed farming had the chance to meet People with diverse background and interest in addition to been born from parents of diverse ethnic background.
H.E Samuel is appointed By H.E. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as State Minister for Science and Higher Education in October 2018, and has earlier served at the Ministry of Education Since October 2013 in different capacities. Between October 2013 and July 2015 He was Director General For Higher Education Administration Affairs; July 2015 to October 2016, he was General Manager for Higher Education Expansion Program; between November 2016 and October 2018 he served as State Minister for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education.
Started his Career as a Banker where he served for one year as Junior Accountant at Ethiopian Development Bank, joined Jima University in October 2002. For nearly ten years, at Jima University, he taught both Undergraduate and Graduate Students several Accounting & Finance courses advised many students. In addition he has served as Head of Department, Academic Vice dean, Resource Mobilization Director and delegate V. President for Administration Affairs. State Minister Samuel Kifle earned his B.A and M.SC. in Accounting and Finance from Addis Ababa University and PhD from Andhra University with Medal Award (II;2010,2011) for Best Ph.D. Thesis from Faculty of Arts.
He is married to Meron Getachew, a father of Nebiy and grew as a little brother of four caring brothers and Sisters( Almaz, Mesfin, Misrak and Milion).
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