Fistum Arega Gebrekidan

Fitsum Arega presently is Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States of America.

Previously, he served as the Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) following his appointment in November 2018. This is the position he had also held from 2013 until the beginning of 2018. Under his leadership, the Investment Commission played a catalytic role in Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth, and the Commission has received broad accolades for its efforts as evidenced by the numerous international awards it has received (including from the World Bank and UNCTAD). His leadership at EIC resulted in net FDI increase to over USD 4 billion in 2018 from approximately USD 1 billion in 2012, supporting very high GPD growth during the period. He promoted Ethiopia as an investment and sourcing destination, traveling to over 40 countries and meeting with global businesses and brand leaders.

From April to December 2018, Mr. Fitsum served as Chief of Staff to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and assisted in restructuring federal government agencies and steering the prime minister’s office.

Prior to these appointments, he served as Head of the Addis Ababa Investment Agency, Head of the Addis Ababa Trade and Industry Bureau, and has served in different public enterprises as a board chairman and member. Mr. Fitsum has an MA in Development Economics and Policy Management from the University of Manchester, an MBA from the Open University Business School, and a PGD in Local Government Systems and Management from the University of Birmingham. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Mr. Fitsum is married and has four children.