Jote Taddese

Books For Africa, Board President

Jote is a connector of individual strengths to make dreams come true. He approaches every interaction as an opportunity to inspire others and look for what is possible versus focusing on the problem. He is willing to move through adversity, look at all the options, and bring people along in order to reach a common goal. Through this passion and core belief, he is able to:

• Provide safe environments for individuals to explore new possibilities together even if it is outside of their comfort zone
• Bring people together that may not have normally come together to achieve new things for the betterment of the individuals, the effort at hand, and the community
• Create inspiring goals where individuals are willing to work through adversity to achieve generative results – with or without him

Experience Summary:

• Over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field leading major initiatives in government and corporate sectors that include fortune 100 companies like Target and Medtronic
• Currently a Strategist and a Distinguished IT Advisor within Medtronic Global IT organization for the Digital Transformation strategy
• Currently providing strategic and technical leadership in Medtronic’s Global Health Innovation Program to develop a Technology-Enabled Hypertension Management Model of Care for Underserved Patients in Africa
• Currently chairman for the Medtronic Africa Focus Team (MAFT) that is appointed to be a trusted resource on African markets for Medtronic in support of our global growth imperatives, by leveraging Medtronic employees as well as external Key Opinion Leaders (KOL) with experience and knowledge of Africa
• Currently serving on the leadership team for the Medtronic sponsored annual Africa Health Innovation Competition (AHIC)
• Able to leverage diplomacy coupled with strong business and technical acumen to establish IT visions and meet challenging business goals and objectives
• Proven track record in driving business, technical, infrastructure and architecture solutions to support multiple business capabilities in large organizations
• An advocate for literacy with deep passion for how technology innovations enable access to quality education for students in under-served schools and communities worldwide
• Born and raised in Oromia, Ethiopia, educated in Nairobi, Kenya and the US