Zemedeneh Negatu – Founder of EY (Ernest & Young) Ethiopia and Global Chairman of Fairfax Africa Fund (U.S.)

We are pleased and honored to welcome Mr Zemedeneh Negatu, as a guest speaker at the 5th Africa Business Forum in Addis Ababa on 1st Mar 2017. Zemedeneh Negatu, the highly regarded Ethiopian American, Founder of EY (Ernest & Young) Ethiopia and Global Chairman of Fairfax Africa Fund, LLC (U.S.) has been named among “The Top 15 CEOs of Africa to watch in 2015″ by the London-based African Business magazine. Fairfax is a $200 million U.S. based investment firm which invests in high growth emerging markets especially Africa. Website: Fairfaxafrica.com. He has been the center of many of the country’s high profile investment deals and turnarounds. Zemedeneh has won numerous other awards recently including CEO magazine’s award for Finance and was recognized as one of the “100 Most influential Africans” of 2013 by New African magazine. The firm he heads, has recently won several awards including ‘M&A Deal Maker of the Year’ from Acquisition International magazine of the UK.  Zemedeneh Negatu, has also been recognized by CEO Communications as one of Africa’s contemporary “Titans Building Nations.”

The continental-wide accolade “aims to celebrate the achievements of men who are advancing African economies and communities,” the publication announced. “Since the founding of the company in 2000, [CEO Communications] has promoted initiatives to recognize women. Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government program, is one such initiative and has been a flagship program for many years in South Africa. It is long overdue that we extend this celebration and recognition of influential men across the borders of Africa.”

The awards were given out on Saturday evening (August 9th) during a gala dinner held at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. “The inaugural Titans event in Nairobi was a major success,” organizers of the ‘Titans 2014 East African Regional Event’ said via Facebook. “We enjoyed meeting such influential men.”

Ernst & Young Ethiopia is one of the leading business consulting firms in Africa. “We are pleased that CEO magazine recognized “influential Africans” as Titans – Building Nations and our Managing Partner Zemedeneh Negatu was a winner in the Financial Services sector,” EY Ethiopia said in a statement.

Zemedene, who permanently relocated from the U.S. to Ethiopia fifteen years ago, is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC — where he studied business and finance before becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Later he landed a job with the global professional services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), for whom he worked in Argentina and Brazil in the 1990′s. In an interview with Tadias Magazine earlier this year Zemedeneh noted that it is in Latin America where he gained his appreciation for emerging markets: “I have gained a great deal of experience by working in South America where the business and investment environment in Argentina and Brazil in the 1990s was similar to what’s taking place today in Africa, where some of the fastest growing economies are located.”

Per CEO Magazine: “Titans Building Nations aims to recognize the significant role men play in the sustainable development and growth of our continent.” The annual award highlights businessmen, civil society activists, and government leaders across the African continent.