Originally a photographer from California, co-founder Sean is responsible for most of the photo/video documentation on Ethiopia Skate and has been a regular at Addis Ababa skate sessions since 2013. In his 12 trips to Ethiopia, he has collected and brought dozens of boards for the community.
Even before co-founding Ethiopia Skate, Abenezer singlehandedly taught an entire neighborhood of kids how to skateboard. He is a driving force behind the whole Ethiopia Skate movement and the voice in our first video Message to the World.
Yared was born in Washington D.C. and moved to Ethiopia with his family in 2013. He grew up skateboarding and brought his passion back to his homeland. If you're in Addis long enough, you'll definitely see him skating around the city as his main form of transportation. He is a leader in our community and a main contact point for people visiting Ethiopia Skate.
Addisu started skateboarding in Addis Ababa close to a decade ago when there were only a handful of skateboards in the whole country. Since the conception of Ethiopia Skate, Addisu has been a positive guide and mentor for fellow skaters. He recently appeared on CNN in an interview about skating in Addis Ababa.
Aurelio first came to Ethiopia in 2013 as a kindergarten teacher at the German Embassy School. He grew up skateboarding in Berlin, Germany and has strongly influenced young street skaters in Addis Ababa. He now acts as an Ethiopia Skate ambassador in Germany and makes frequent trips to skate in Addis Ababa.
Buze was born in Ethiopia but grew up skateboarding in the streets of France. Since returning home, Buze has been a huge part of Ethiopia Skate- bringing his skills and energy to the community. He is also a reggae musician and performs in Addis Ababa reguarly.
Thom learned to skateboard growing up in Sweden. He visited Ethiopia as part of a photographic journey in 2014 and joined the Ethiopia Skate community. Along with shooting photos, he shot much of the footage in our Skateboard Journey video and helped to establish our branding. He continues to be an ambassador in Sweden and plans many return trips as we grow.
Zack Gingg is a photographer from Cayucos, California. He first visited Ethiopia to volunteer leading up to the construction of Addis Skatepark. He has brought over donated gear for the community and now acts as an ambassador for Ethiopia skate helping with our operations in California.
Maheder is an Addis Ababa native who got involved with Ethiopia Skate over a year ago helping organize and coordinate different Ethiopia Skate projects. Most recently she worked as a local project coordinator for Addis Skatepark and is now helping with our NGO operations in California.
We first got to know Ben during his month long stay in Ethiopia in early 2015 when he was looking for some people to skate with. After skating with the crew in Addis Ababa he wanted to become more involved, and started organizing donations of boards once he got home to the USA. He uses his many years of experience in the skate industry to help us out from his home in Santa Cruz, CA.