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Selamawit, popularly known as Salam has a decade long experience in the UAE business sector, whereas her specialized understanding of business solutions in the Ethiopian market and her charismatic personality puts her in an unique place, and provides an impeccable competence to seamlessly work with everyone. Salam is a successful self-taught business woman. Her direct involvement in VAYO businesses is a huge strength and inimitable asset for its growth. Her hobbies include baking and horseback riding and is popular among her peers.

Yonas Gebregziabher Asefa

Yonas Gebregziabher Asefa, popular as Yonas in Ethiopian business world, is an astute business personality with sharp managerial and commercial skills, and has hands on participation as an active stakeholder over the past decades across a wide spectrum of industries such as manufacturing, processing, trading and realty industries, to name a few. Yonas is highly respected amongst his peers and is strongly networked cutting across different levels and backgrounds, which relationships he has carefully built over the years, and leveraging on such, he plays a crucial catalyst role in promoting VAYO GROUP’s ambitions in Ethiopia. His in-depth knowledge and exposure to Ethiopian system of business conduct and governance is an invaluable asset and a great support factor.


Vaasu has been a senior business leader with strong commercial, strategic, legal, finance and management accounting background; he has more than three decades of diverse experience in multinational, multi-cultural and multi-racial environment, in automotive and allied, power products, banking, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, shipping, agricultural machinery, food processing, international trade & distribution, entertainment and realty industries. He has been operating in Africa for more than two decades, specialised in projects, international trade, ICB businesses and Supply Chain Management. Vaasu is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School, additionally with Masters in Commerce, Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) UK, Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) UK, CMA (India), and a life member of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).

Ravindra Pagar

Ravindra M. Pagar, was earlier with leading re-known Engine & Generator set manufacturer for 40+ years. Handled manufacturing with setting bench marking records in PQCDSME. Supported Product line in field with on the spot solutions for enhanced customer satisfaction. Hands on experience on Automobile & Generators application development. He is Familiar to most modern manufacturing practises i.e. MOST, LEAN & TPM. Successfully lead the teams & set the bench markings in QCD by total employee involvement. Inculcated the culture of improvements. Hands on experience on human engineering to exploit employee potential and develop future leaders. Ravindra has been hand-picked to take the lead role as the Chief Technical Officer of VAYO GENERATOR PROJECT.

Amha Abay G/wolde

Amha Abay G/wolde is an Ethiopian national graduated from Addis Ababa University in Statistics and from International Institute for Aero Space Survey & Earth Science (ITC) Netherlands. He had an impeccable career in Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA) for nearly four decades. He held several leadership positions in the ERCA such as the Head of Ethiopian Customs Co-ordination office Djibouti Port, Head of Enforcement Department, Head of Integrity Department, Head of Tax Information Department and Customs Advisor to the General Director (Minister). He was also the Member of different National Committees in Ethiopia and in other countries. During his illustrious career span with ERCA, he has attended many Training Programs, Seminars and hold certifications in areas such as General Customs awareness, senior management programs, Risk Analysis, Change Management, etc. in addition to other certifications and programs from abroad in profiler risk management (Philippines), Customs Administration (Japan Tokyo), Trade facilitation (China Wuhan). He has also represented ERCA in different workshops and in several meetings in different African, European and Asian countries. Ato Amha as fondly called is the Group Taxation Advisor for VAYO GROUP and is one of the pillars of the Group’s leadership team.

Manoj Kumar Agarwal

Monaj has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from an Indian University and he is a Chartered Accountant. He is a Strategic Financial Professional with nearly 3 decades of multi-disciplinary & diversified experience in providing leadership across entire financial functions of various Corporates with a consistent record of delivering results in growth, revenue, cost, operational performance & profitability; rich exposure in various Industries like Iron & Steel, Wholesale & Retail Trading, FMCG, Telecom & IT Operations, EPC Contracts etc. He has nearly one decade of working experience in various East African countries like Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda as well as in other African countries namely, Angola, Malawi & Nigeria in leadership positions. VAYO Group is proud to have Manoj in their family as the Chief Finance Officer of VAYO GROUP.

Tamrat Difabachew

Tamrat Difabachew was formerly a senior government official, graduated and specialized in agriculture with over three decades of experience in handling various projects under the Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Republic of Ethiopia and also involved in several World Bank projects across Ethiopia. Tamrat has extensive experience in administration, human resources, export and import businesses, and teaming up with the other stakeholders, he was instrumental in establishing / founding VAYO GROUP in Ethiopia. Gaining from his vast expertise, he plays the pivotal role, and directly heads, oversees and guides the Human Resources Department of VAYO GROUP.

Ashenafi Gashaw

Ashenafi Gashaw has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting & Finance from Arba Minch University and has over twelve years of work experience in different industries such as services industry, construction,Governmental and manufacturing industries. As the Chief Accountant in charge of VAYO group accounting functions, he plays a key role in SAP implementation and also in the finalization of financial books.

Saif Ali

Saif Ali is ‘Manager’ (Generator Division), associated with us since January 2020. He is post graduate & holding M. Tech degree in ‘Electrical Power Systems’, from RKDF University Bhopal, bachelor’s degree in ‘Electrical and Electronic Engineering’ from Rajiv Gandhi Technical University Bhopal (INDIA). He has versatile experience of 5 years in Power projects from design to successful operational. He has worked with M/S INDUS POWER as a ‘Technical Development Manager’ for 2 years. In his tenure, was responsible for designing of Transformers and Servo Voltage Stabilizers. Executed and established 33 KV /11 KV /415 Volt sub-stations, for the Indian Railways. He has worked with, M/S Kalpaka Power as a ‘Sales and Service Manager’. M/S Kalpaka Power is a channel partner of leading, well-known DG set manufacturer M/S Greaves Cotton Ltd. During his tenure, he has successfully led the team of engineers for designing & execution of projects on AMF panel / synchronization panel / LT panel / HT panel as per customer requirement. Was also responsible for ‘Technical bidding’ of tenders. He is responsible for managing, VAYO GENERATOR division in our organization.

Ajay Fernandes

Ajay Fernandes is a Graduate in Electrical Engineering and soon will be completing his MBA in Operations Management. He has several years of experience in the field of Diesel Generators. He has worked on Greaves Engines has managed projects associated with the installation and commissioning of different ratings of Diesel Generators ranging from 5KVA till 2000KVA. He has closely worked with some esteemed clients like TATA Projects, Reserve Bank of India, BARC etc. and also in estimating cost of Projects for clients such as General Electric, Godrej, Antelec etc. on various projects. As ‘Deputy Manager – Operations’, Ajay is responsible for the production of VAYO generators from CKD to CBU.

Temesgen Tewelde

Temesgen Tewelde has a Degree in Management and holds a Diploma in Automotive Engine Servicing Management. He has over two-decade work experience in different sectors as Auto electrician, Technical Maintenance Expert. He was a shareholder and manager in metal retailer shop. Temesgen has acquired a great knowledge from his educational back ground and work experience. He has taken training of QMS ISO Quality Management System from Ethiopian Standard Agency, workshop management, Engine Servicing and Spare part shop Management from ATUL India. He joined Vayo Automobiles Manufacture PLC as a Senior Technician and has moved up in the ladder to his current position heading the After Sales & Warranty Claims Department under the Market Support Group Team.

Negussie Tuffa

Negussie Tuffa was formerly a senior government official, graduated and specialized in finance and operations with over three decades of experience in handling various projects under the Federal Republic of Ethiopia. Negussie has extensive experience in administration, export and import businesses, and teaming up with the other stakeholders, he was instrumental in establishing / founding VAYO GROUP in Ethiopia. Gaining from his vast expertise, he plays the pivotal role, and directly heads, oversees and guides the Admin Department of VAYO GROUP.

Amit Patil

Amit Patil is a Graduate in Electrical Engineering and has more than five years of experience in handling various projects, erection & commissioning of Power equipment for State Electricity Board. Actively participated in, installation of 12 MW co- generation power plant, in Madhya Pradesh, India. He has worked in Greaves Cotton Limited in their Manufacturing Department. With his expertise and hands on experience on ‘Control panel’ installation (AMF/SRCP), Grid distribution by synchronizing, embedded gen sets, he has a handy role in the Production Department of VAYO GENERATOR overseeing production operations, SAP implementation and alternative components sourcing.

Magbul Mir

Magbul Mir is a commercial expert with over three decades of experience in international sourcing for ICB tenders, handling of international commercial contracts, commodities trade, etc. and he facilitates and advises VAYO GroupTeam in all their business propositions, based out of India.

Devesh Manjrekar

Devesh is a technology consultant and holds a Masters degree in Computer Applictions. He designs the technology architecture and handles the infrastructure and networking of tech domain.