Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Sileshi Mulat


Name: Sileshi Mulat

Education: BA in Business Administration

Company name: Blink Ethio-Tourism Service Share Company

Studio title: Chief Executive Officer

Founded: In October 2011

What it does: All tourism services including an art gallery, souvenir collection, book and audio center, traditional coffee center, traditional restaurant, traditional dances and many more under one roof.

HQ: Meskel Flower near Clinton Foundation Offices.

Number of Employees: 28


Startup capital: 3,000,000 birr

Current capital: Growing


Reason for starting business: Determined to develop Ethiopia’s tourism potential and thereby reap its benefit

Biggest plus of ownership:: Self imposed commitment to achieve a shared vision with likeminded people

Biggest strength: Compressive approach to tourism development

Biggest weakness: Lack of a common understanding among tourism sector stakeholders  Smartest Move: Launching a company based on research that benefits shareholders

Biggest worry: Lack of capable and experienced human resource in the sector

Favorite task: Tour operation

Most challenging task: Getting receipts when we purchase something

Plan: Opening a tourism training center

First Career: UN Peace Keeping Mission

Most Interested in meeting: Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Most admired person: Ermias Amelga, Board Chairman of Access Capital

Stress reducer: Reading books related to history, politics and business

Favorite past time: paying a visit to recreation centers outside Addis

Favorite Book: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey

Favorite Destination: Taj Mahal, India

Favorite Automobile: Land Cruiser

Favorite Film: Titanic