Mr. Tadesse oversees investments in Ethiopia’s agricultural development, health, financial services, water and sanitation, urban development and emergency relief. In order to acquire new resources and ensure their effective utilization, Mr. Tadesse builds diplomatic relations with key partners and stakeholders, including African governments, African Union and UN officials; donors; private sector decision-makers; NGOs and members of the press. Previous his move to Ethiopia, Mr. Tadesse managed government relations work in Africa for the Gates Foundation, establishing and expanding partnerships across the continent.
Before joining the Gates Foundation, Mr. Tadesse was a senior policy advisor to Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle (US). In the Seattle Mayor’s Office and elsewhere, Mr. Tadesse has managed fundraising and public relations efforts for various political campaigns (presidential; congressional; gubernatorial; mayoral; city council).
He earned a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington and has completed development leadership training at the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School. He has held fellowships at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the European Union and the World Affairs Council and has provided keynote speeches on African business, economics and development at various conferences and universities. Mr. Tadesse is or has been on the Board of the World Affairs Council, the Global Agenda Council on Africa / World Economic Forum (WEF), African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP), Food Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia (ILAE) and several other organizations