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Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Dr. Berhanu Nega speaks on expectations for Ethiopia’s upcoming elections

On Wednesday, February 24, the Africa Center welcomed back to the Atlantic Council platform Dr. Berhanu Nega, chairman of the Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice party, for a private virtual roundtable focused on Ethiopia’s upcoming elections.

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Africa Elections

Thu, Jan 28, 2021

Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister provides humanitarian update

On Thursday, January 28, the Africa Center hosted a private virtual roundtable featuring H.E. Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, the deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, for a wide-ranging update on the security and humanitarian situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

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Africa Conflict

Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Atlantic Council hosts foreign minister of Somalia for a high-level roundtable

On Friday, January 15, the Africa Center and the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative co-hosted a private roundtable featuring H.E. Mohamed Abdirizak, the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia. In his remarks, Mr. Abdirizak addressed issues of security, governance, elections, and regional relationships from Somalia’s perspective.

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Africa Civil Society

Gabriel Negatu is a nonresident senior fellow with the Africa Center. He is also currently affiliated with Invest Afrique Inc., a strategy and advisory group promoting and facilitating investments into Africa. He regularly advises governments and corporations on matters of economic reform, good governance, and regional integration.

Until 2019, he was African Development Bank director general for Eastern Africa, with portfolio management responsibility for lending and non-lending operations valued at more than $9 billion across thirteen countries. His portfolio mix included power, transport, water/sanitation, agriculture, and human development, which was financed through sovereign, non-sovereign, policy-based, and sector-specific project finance instruments. He also oversaw transaction advisory services, analytics, and knowledge products.

Previously, Negatu established and directed the Bank’s Economic and Financial Governance Department, responsible for economic/financial reforms in over twenty-five countries during the global financial crisis. He started his career in the Bank’s Policy & Compliance Review Department where he managed relations with stakeholder groups and mainstreamed innovations such as impact assessments and the Paris Declarations on Harmonization and Alignment.

Negatu completed advanced studies at major institutions including the University of Pittsburgh, the Harvard University School of Business, and the University of Manchester. He is a widely sought-after speaker and strategist, serves on several boards, and is featured in leading publications on Africa.