Cherished THP Vice President for Africa Retires

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It is with great appreciation and esteem that we announce that Dr. Fitigu Tadesse will officially retire at the end of July 2010.

Dr. Tadesse has had a stellar career with The Hunger Project for more than 20 years. He led the implementation of our first on-the-ground work on the African continent and is the architect of our Epicenter Strategy and our Microfinance Program. He was also instrumental in contributing to the success and impact of our Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger, which has been awarded to 30 outstanding leaders from every level and sector of society, including heads of state like President Obasanjo of Nigeria, Nelson Mandela and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia.

Dr. Tadesse has played a vital role in bringing The Hunger Project to where we are today - a cutting-edge organization with an approach that is well known and fully internalized by the communities in which we work in Africa. As President Bingu Mutharika of Malawi stated, The Epicenter Strategy has shown us how we can rely on our own efforts to fight hunger and poverty. If the work of this project was spread to all places, then hunger would reduce."

In a recent memo to staff, Global Board Chair Steve Sherwood and Global Board Member Sheree Stomberg stated, "We have great respect for Dr. Tadesse for his unflagging devotion to the African people - a leader as comfortable advising villagers on what trees to plant as he is conversing on development policy with heads of state." Under Dr. Tadesse's leadership, more than 100 epicenter communities - reaching 1.8 million Africans - have embarked on a journey to self-reliance and the end of their own hunger and poverty.

Dr. Idrissa Dicko, THP-Burkina Faso's Country Director for the last 14 years, will take over as Head of Africa Programs at the end of the month. Under Dr. Dicko's leadership, Dr. Tadesse's legacy of the Epicenter Strategy will continue to grow and thrive as we make great strides, together, toward achieving the sustainable end of hunger and poverty in Africa. (Read more about Dr. Dicko.)

We thank Dr. Tadesse for his enormous contribution to the end of hunger and poverty in our world and for being a most admired colleague for the last 22 years. We wish him all the very best in his future endeavors.