Opens First International Office in Africa & Welcomes The New VP of IMS-Africa


In September 2018, IMS Engineers officially opened its first overseas branch in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The IMS-Addis Ababa branch gives the firm a new home in their second home— Africa.

This move also allows IMS to be more accessible as they make an impact by helping adjust the infrastructure in rapidly growing East African economies.

The Addis Ababa office will be led by Akayu Mekonnen P.E., a native Ethiopian and veteran engineer who has over 20 years of experience with transportation. 19 of his 20 years came from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).  

“We met with IMS to discuss project matters. During that time, we found out that we had mutual interests. I wanted to move to Ethiopia, and they wanted to open an office in East Africa.”

After spending the last 28 years of his life in The United States, Mekonnen moved back to his country of birth— Ethiopia.

Mekonnen graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Mekonnen will also serve as the leader for the firm’s transportation practice based out of the newly established Addis Ababa office in Ethiopia. In his dual role as VP of IMS-Addis Ababa and Transportation Lead, Mekonnen will oversee a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including business development, transportation project management, client relations and the promotion of the IMS brand in East Africa.