CHRIS TURNBULL-GRIMES, P.E.
Before co-founding 3BL, Chris spent the better part of a decade volunteering on water and sanitation projects with Peace Corps and Engineers Without Borders in Kenya and El Salvador. After returning from Peace Corps, he returned to Colorado and worked as a civil engineer, eventually earning his Professional Engineering license in 2014.
In 2011, Markos co-founded iceaddis, the first technology driven co-working space in Ethiopia. In the subsequent years, he helped found multiple companies and provided consulting and mentoring to a slew of local startups and hosted a TedTalk on "Innovation and High-Tech, Hyper Local". In addition to bringing experience with startups to 3BL, Markos has headed up the business model design and fundraising for our pilot project.
Co-Founder, VP of Flowius
Melat joined 3BL and Flowius while earning her B.A. in Management and her B.Sc. in Computer Science. An Addis Ababa native, she has not only learned a host of programming languages, but has also led and actively participated in the Youth Alliance for Leadership Development in Africa and the Addis Ababa Model United Nations. Melat has shown strong desire to help her fellow Ethiopians by volunteering with the local YWCA and the Hanna Orphans Home in Addis Ababa.
Before joining Flowius, Ashenafi was a construction manager for CHADET. While there, he helped run the construction of various buildings for them. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ashenafi is a graduate of Addis Ababa Science and Technology University with a degree in Construction Technology and Management.
Samrawit joined 3BL shortly after working with Kifiya, a payment management service in Addis Ababa where she used her background in business management to help organize their services. Samrawit is a graduate of Gondar University in Environmental Studies and Admas University in Business Management.
HEAD OF MOBILE TECH
As a mobile developer for Gebeya before joining 3BL, Menasi built mobile applications for traffic management and volunteer services. He's currently working on developing Flowius Connect for our franchisees to use to run their businesses. Menasi is a graduate of Addis Ababa University in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Head of 3BL Studios
Gelila joined 3BL Studios after working as an assistant lecturer at Jimma University. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Gelila earned her BSc Architecture and Urban Planning at Arba Minch University and MSc in Architectural Engineering from Addis Ababa University.