Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie received the 2016 People Of Distinction Humanitarian Awards.
Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie is the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Prince Ermias is currently next in line of succession to the vacant Imperial Throne.
Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie (born on 14 June 1960 in Addis Ababa) is the only son of Prince Sahle Selassie of Ethiopia and Princess Mahisente Habte Mariam. He is the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and furthermore of Dejazmach Habte Mariam Gebre-Igziabiher, the heir to the former Welega kingdom of Leqa Naqamte, and later served as governor of Welega province. Currently the prince is ninth in the line of succession to the vacant imperial throne.
Prince Ermias was educated in Ethiopia, Great Britain, and the United States. In England, he received his education at Old Ride Preparatory School, and then at the Haileybury College. He obtained a BA degree in the social studies, with an emphasis in economics, from the University of California, in Santa Barbara. He continued his education at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy between 1983 and 1985.
His Patronages goes:
- Founder of the Imperial Society of Saint George of Lalibela, Washington DC, 1998.
- Board Member of Tuition Credit Exchange Inc.
- Chairman Advisory Board of Bezant Corporation.
- Patron of the Haile Selassie Foundation for Ethiopia’s Children Inc.
- Patron for Africa for the Flying Hospital Charity.
- Director of the La Roche College (Pittsburg).
- Member of the Board of the United States National Slavery Museum.
- Honorary Member Advisory Committee of the Angel Foundation.
- Member of the Luso-Ethiopian Friendship Association.
Prince Ermias currently serves as the President of The Crown Council of Ethiopia. The Crown Council has pursued a mission devoted to the promoting a cultural and humanitarian role. Prince Ermias is also patron of the Haile Selassie Fund for Children in Need which continues to sponsor student scholarships. In August 2011, Prince Ermias established the Water Initiative for Africa, which is designed to bring drinking water to the People of Africa. This has resulted in the development of a unique series of water purification units, The Argonaut Series, which totally eliminates 100% of all biological contaminants in water. It is now deployed in Ethiopia, with trials of this system in the U.S., Australia, Thailand, and Ethiopia. Prince Ermias is currently a Senior Fellow at the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), and is a Recipient of the ISSA’s Silver Star Award for Outstanding Contributions to Strategic Progress.
He was awarded throughout times as the Golden Key of the City of Frankfort, Kentucky, United States, (29 May 2013) by Mayor Graham, the ISSA Silver Star Award (1997) by the International Strategic Studies Association for “Outstanding Contributions to Strategic Progress Through Humanitarian Achievement” for his work for Ethiopian refugees in Africa, Medal of Merit of South Carolina, United States and now he received the 2016 people of distinction Humanitarian Awards given in recognition and Honoring The Stars “UNSUNG HEROES” Who are Helping Our Human Family.