Zekarias Bogale

Creative Director
Creative Director
Creative Director
10 Years

Personal Experience

IT Manager, Software Engineer & Digital Financial Services More than 15 years of experience with more than 3 years as a manager

Dashen Bank Digital Banking Channels Engineer

September 2022 – PRESENT

  • Serve as technical lead and technical project manager on various digital banking projects such as branch automation, Flocash payment gateway integration, Safaricom airtime top-up, postpaid, & M-pesa services integration
  • Lead & implement integration projects with third-parties
  • Maintain high availability of the digital banking platform
  • Work on IBM API Connect & App Connect Enterprise ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) to implement integration in a service-oriented architecture
  • System integration & user acceptance testing

Hidasie TelecomIT Strategy & Innovation Manager

May 2016 – June 2022

  • Led the development of bulk SMS system and contact center database for short code 8520 as a project leader and software engineer
  • Supervised implementation of two Electronic airtime Voucher Distribution systems – normal EVD system & wallet-based EVD system (https://admin.hidasie.et , https://admin.htpay.et )
  • Supervised integration of eTopUP prepaid mobile phone airtime recharge system in partnership with Bank of Abyssinia & Ethio Electronic Kifiya (First Global Data). This experience has helped me gain a deep understanding of fintech, banking operations & risk based auditing
  • Supervised implementation of Shareholder Management & Voting System
  • Led the development of Hidasie Telecom website ( https://www.hidasietele.com ) as project leader and full stack web developer
  • Supervised implementation of ERP system (Enterprise Resource Planning system consisting of Human Resource Management Module integrated with attendance machine, Inventory Management Module, Sales & CRM Module, Procurement Management Module, and Finance Module)  http://erp.hidasietele.com
  • Participated in the restructuring of IT department’s organizational structure
  • Took Telebirr mobile money TOT (Training of Trainers) training before its launch & provided the training to 15 partner trainees in partnership with Ethio Telecom
  • Planned & provided EVD training for 11 districts & 45 trainees across the nation
  • As IT Strategy & Innovation Manager, I have always applied Agile project management methods
  • Participated in commissioning & installation of a small-scale datacenter

OCADERP Developer & Expert

July 2014 – May 2016

Implemented Odoo ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system when it was previously known as OpenERP

VibeNet CyberSpaceSoftware Developer

June 2008 – July 2014

  • Ethiopix GNU/Linux OS distro developer & project leader / partner (This project is currently discontinued & archived in the Wayback Machine Internet Archive https://web.archive.org/web/20110201162817/http://ethiopix.com/ )
  • LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP / Python) programmer & Linux system network administrator


HiLCoE School of Computer Science & Technology, BSc Degree in Computer Science

2005 – 2008

Computer science courses I took are listed in the student copy

Addis Ababa University School of Commerce, Master of Science in Corporate Finance with Specialty in Investment Management

October 2023 – PRESENT

I am currently taking 2 courses: Advanced Financial Management & Business Research Methodology

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