H.E. Dr. Koang Tutlam Dung is the State Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and is currently leading his country’s delegation to Africa Oil Week taking place in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa.
Born in Gambella Regional State of Ethiopia in I960. He graduated as a medical doctor from Addis Ababa University in 1987. Dr. Koang served in various Health Sector positions, including Medical Officer, Medical Director and Regional Health Manager, before joining politics in 1994 where he helped Found a regional Party which is managing one of the nine Regional States forming the current Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Besides his medical career, Dr. Koang had a diplomatic career expanding for two decades. He was ﬁrst appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the Republic of Ghana in 1996. He went on to serve in the same capacity in Tokyo, Japan from 2002 to 2006, after which he returned home to hold various directorial and advisory positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Addis. While in the Ministry, he completed a Master of Art Degree (MA) in Peace and Security at the Addis Ababa University Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) in 2010.
In March 2011, he was again appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia to the Republic of Zimbabwe and completed his tour of duty in January 2016, after which he returned to the Foreign Ministry to serve as a Director of the Situation Room. Dr. Koang assumed his current position of State Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas in January 2017.
As a diplomat and while serving in his country, Dr. Koang led several State delegations to many intergovernmental meetings and conferences. He attended several workshops and conferences for capacity building purpose. He has represented Ethiopia as a member of the lGAD (intergovernmental Authority on Development) Mediators' Roster since 20l6.