Ambassador Fitsum Arega

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

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

Before April /2018 for 6 years Ambassador Fitsum, served as the Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC). EIC is an autonomous government institution established to promote, attract and support investors mainly foreign direct investment. Under his leadership, the Investment Commission played a catalytic role in Ethiopia’s rapid economic growth, by attracting productive investments that create many jobs & export opportunities 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 a 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.

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.

Ambassador 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 3 boys and a girl.