Yohannes Tilahun – Ethiopian Investment Commission and Former CEO at GE-Ethiopia

We are pleased and honored to welcome Yohannes Tilahun, as a guest speaker and panelist at the 5th Africa Business Forum in Addis Ababa on 1st Mar 2017. Yohannes is the former CEO at General Electric-Ethiopia and Adviser to the commissioner at Ethiopian Investment Commission. As the CEO he represented GE in the country and collaborates with the local GE businesses to drive incremental growth, and to develop key relationships with customers, business partners, as well as the governments and local authorities.
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Before joining GE, Yohannes Tilahun was the Senior Director for Strategy & Chief Technology Officer at the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC). The Mission of the Ethiopia’s Investment Commission (EIC) is to promote and facilitate investments in Ethiopia. As Head of Strategy & Chief Technology Officer, Yohannes acts as a special advisor to the Director General (CEO) of the EIC as well as other senior Government ministers on priority focus areas for greater economic development through private sector involvement.
A native of Ethiopia, Yohannes has returned after more than 15 years of experience on Wall Street in the United States, with expertise in business management, corporate strategy, finance, and data analytics. During his career he has worked for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Wells Fargo and the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency.
Yohannes has been featured in publications such as Diversity Inc. Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Newspaper, and Addis Life Magazine. In addition, he was featured in a four part TV series on Leadership and Success broadcast worldwide and was voted as one of the top 100 diverse executives under age 50 in the United States by Diversity MBA Magazine.
Yohannes is very active in his community and is passionate about giving back. He formerly served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters in St. Louis and currently serves on the board of directors for the School of Business at the University of District Columbia in Washington, DC.
Yohannes holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree, both in Finance, from the University of the District of Columbia as well as additional certifications from Securities Industry Institute (SII), Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University.