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Kazana Group is a holding company owned by Addis Alemayehou, a public figure, a serial entrepreneur and an active investor based in Ethiopia. The group currently holds a portfolio of over 13 companies operating in a diverse array of industries and sectors, notably in marketing, communications, advertisement, fintech, telecom, manufacturing, logistics, technologies, investment management & advisory, and many more.Read more
The desire to create something is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. Let’s create!
Teamwork begins by building trust. Alone we can do so little; together as a team we can do so much.
Wherever you see a successful business, it means that someone once made a courageous decision.
Addis Alemayehou has become a household name in Africa’s business and entrepreneurship landscape with Ethiopia as the genesis of his long and successful business career. The founder and CEO of 251 Communications, Addis began from a humble three-people marketing agency 10 years ago to remarkably grow the company as one of the leading PR and communications firms in Ethiopia with a clear goal of providing world-class communications and marketing services for various private as well as public clients.
Here are the fiduciaries who steer Kazana towards success.
Bridging the gap between innovative ideas and financial support through strategic partnerships.
DWOct 07 2020
አቶ አዲስ አለማየሁ አዋጪ የንግድ ሥራ ሐሳብ ካላቸው ሥራ ፈጣሪዎችና ጀማሪ ኩባንያዎቻቸው ጋር ይሰራሉ። መኖሪያ ቤትና የግል መኪናውን ሸጦ የካልሲ ማምረቻ ፋብሪካ ለማቋቋም የወጠነው ኑርልኝ ዘላለም የገንዘብ ችግር ሲገጥመው የታደጉት አቶ አዲስ ናቸው።ባለፈው እሁድ ሥራ የጀመረው ፋብሪካ በቀን ከ190 ሺሕ በላይ የተለያዩ አይነት ካልሲዎችን ያመርታል
Press EthiopiaJune 1 2015
How We Made It In Africa, published a story about Addis Alemayehou. Partner, managing partner, board member, senior advisor … the list of positions Addis holds concurrently is impressive. Many of these roles are at his own companies, which include one of Ethiopia’s biggest advertising agencies, a popular television channel and a telecommunications start-up in South Africa. Yet Addis comes across as pretty calm and collected. He admits that on the inside, though, the pressure often gets to him. Excerpts.
Most successful Africans entrepreneur always have a background story to tell of when they were of little age and how they started as an entrepreneur at a very young age. Addis Alemayehou, the CEO of 212 communications, a top PR and communications firm based in Ethiopia and with several media and production stations. Addis Alemayehou is very dogged with a strong drive for success in his business venture started making money at a very young age from veggies at the back of his family house.
How we made it in AfricaMay 02 2019
Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies with GDP growth of 10.3% in 2014. Coupled with a population of over 90 million, this is prompting many consumer-focused companies to look at Ethiopia with fresh eyes. How we made it in Africa spoke to Addis Alemayehou, managing partner of Ethiopian advertising agency 251 Communications, about the opportunities in the market.
A lot has changed for the good in Ethiopia. Although the famine of the eighties is long ago, many still have an unbalanced image of Ethiopia.” Meet Addis Alemayehou, an entrepreneur in Ethiopia, who firmly believes in the economic potential of his country. Ethiopia will be hosting the World Economic Forum Africa in May and Addis’ will be co-organizing an ‘Invest in Ethiopia’ forum for the participants coming to the event.
How we made it in AfricaMarch 15 2015
Prompting many consumer-focused companies to look at Ethiopia with fresh eyes. How we made it in Africa spoke to Addis Alemayehou, managing partner of Ethiopian advertising agency 251 Communications, about the opportunities in the market.
DailymotionMay 02 2019
The young Ethiopians growing up in today's environment have many options to choose from. In a population that is in the upwards of 90-million, there are now over 12 TV stations that are exclusively geared toward the local population. By far, Kana TV is making the most impact and impression on Ethiopians and the future of Ethiopian television (for good or bad).
Huffington PostJuly 31 2018
Addis Alemayehou is the founder of 251 Communications, Ethiopia’s leading communications and branding company. He’s also the co-founder of Kana TV, Ethiopia’s first TV station to dub international content into Amharic.
ReutersJuly 03 2019
Ethiopia’s parliament passed a bill on Wednesday to open up the country’s financial sector to an estimated five million of its citizens who have taken other nationalities, including allowing them to buy shares in local banks and start lending businesses.
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Nazrawi Ghebreselasie (Naz) is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Kana Television – Ethiopia’s leading entertainment television channel. He is responsible for running all facets of the business - strategic, creative, and operational. Under his leadership, Kana TV has commanded a 30%+ audience share. Naz is equipped with diverse disciplines in pure sciences, fine arts, film, and music production, in North America and Africa. He has proven executive management and creative leadership track record and over 12 years of experience in crafting winning strategies that are often highly differentiated from the competitive landscape. Prior to co-founding Kana TV, Naz was Chief Creative Officer, Head of Strategy, and founding partner at 251 Communications. He has led campaign strategies for multi-national organizations such as Diageo, Coca-Cola, Heineken, as well as for the public sector on tourism.
Mered B. Fikireyohannes is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Pragma Investment Advisory PLC. Prior to Pragma, he was a Project Manager for a USD 50 million greenfield investment for a glass bottle manufacturing company in Ethiopia. Mered has extensive experience as an advisor for investors engaged in the manufacturing sector in Ethiopia. He consults companies on how to establish manufacturing plants of all sizes in Ethiopia. Moreover, Mered served at Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Business Diplomat by representing the Ministry in the arrangement of investment and trade relationship between foreign investors and countries with Ethiopia. He holds a holds a B.A Degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University (California), a B.A Degree in Governance and Developmental Studies from Jimma University, and a B.A. in Global Studies and International Relations from New Generation University.
Konstantin has Over fifteen years of experience in the financial markets in general and emerging markets in particular. He brings a holistic approach in addressing challenges facing companies operating in the emerging and frontier economies. He is responsible for launch of the African practice and oversight of all sub-Saharan African and South East Asian transactions at StratLink. Konstantin is currently the Senior Executive Officer at StratLink Advisory Group in Dubai (DIFC). Previously, he was directly responsible for market entry of US and CIS based companies into sub-Saharan Africa and has been involved activities focusing on emerging economies in Africa and South East Asia. He holds a Master of Science in Risk Management from Stern School of Business, New York University and Amsterdam Institute of Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well as various certifications to include Business Process Design for Strategic Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Teodros Abraham is the Managing Director of CLS Logistics Services which he co-founded in 2007 and a Founding Partner at CLEANAY cleaning and janitorial service established in 1993 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. He received his BSc in Electronic Engineering from DeVry University and his Leadership Certificate from Stanford Graduate School of Business. As the MD of CLS logistics, Teodros has been responsible to grow the company from a mere startup to a mid-sized logistics company. Driven by the passion to find creative solutions to business challenges, Teodros has been committed to investing his resources to develop various solutions that have resulted in transformational changes to the way companies have managed their supply chain processes. He also serves on the executive board of the Ethiopian Freight Forwarding and Shipping Agent’s Association of Ethiopia (EFFSAA)
Kalid is the co-founder, Managing Partner, and Principal Advisor at Pragma Investment Advisory and Pragma Technologies where he handles corporate development and overseas projects in investment management, corporate finance, and analytics. Pragma has garnered notable partners and clients from North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prior to founding Pragma, he was part of the Transaction Advisory team at Grant Thornton where he contributed to financial due diligence, market assessment, and research duties. Kalid has also accumulated more than 5 years of management experience in the Ethiopian real estate industry where he was Deputy Head of Operations at Munham Constructions. During his internship tenure at Ernst & Young, he has amassed expertise in industry analysis, market study, and due diligence. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Lincoln University (Oakland, California), and an associate degree in Business from Centennial College (Toronto, Canada).
Mimi Kalinda is the Group CEO and Co-Founder of the Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), a Pan-African public relations and communications agency headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. ACG clients include MTN, Barloworld, Accenture, AFIG Funds, Nesta, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Dalberg Group. Mimi is a New York University graduate. She was a finalist for International Africa Women of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards 2016. In December 2019, Reset Global People listed her in its annual Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa. Mimi is an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Program Fellow. Her first book, Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent, was released in January 2017.
Ted Manvitz is a Senior Advisor to IHS Towers Plc, the largest telecoms infrastructure company in EMEA and the fourth largest tower company in the world, a Non-Executive Director and Senior Advisor of Cornerstone Capital Partners in South Africa, and adjunct facility member at American University, in Washington D.C. where he teaches International Business. He is an accomplished executive that combines strategic advisory expertise with operational and capital markets experience in developed and emerging markets. Over the last 20+ years, Ted has worked in senior global roles that have enabled him to gain valuable hands-on experience in the United States, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Ted has a Master of Business Administration (Finance Major) from Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, a Law Degree from the University of Iowa College of Law (with distinction), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Accounting Major) from Avila University (Cum Laude).
Marvin Bell is an Investment Director in the Africa team of Meridiam SAS, a global infrastructure investor, and asset manager. Prior to Meridiam, Marvin was an Investment Manager at CDC Group in London where he was focused on generalist and infrastructure private equity funds and co-investments in Africa. He has worked on transactions across East, West, and Southern Africa. He began his career with PwC in their Banking and Capital Markets Assurance and Business Advisory unit in London. He is a Chartered Accountant of England and Wales (ACA) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cardiff University.