Bruktawit Tigabu Tadesse
CEO and Co- Founder of Whiz Kids Workshop | ETHIOPIA
Bruktawit (Brukty) Tigabu began her professional career as a primary school teacher in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Determined to improve the conditions of children in her country, she looked for ways to educate children on a mass scale. In 2005, with her husband, Brukty established Whiz Kids Workshop (WKW). Working from their living room, using sock puppets, computer graphics and their own voices, they began producing Tsehai Loves Learning, the first educational preschool television program in the country. Winner of multiple international awards including Prix Jeunesse International, Japan Prize, 2011 Tech Awards laureate, Rolex Young Laureate and others, Brukty’s latest brainchild Tibeb Girls , is a pan African animation series about three Ethiopian adolescent superhero girls. In October, Brukty won the TURNER award for best Animated Series and Specials 2017 for her latest innovation Tibeb Girls.