Session 1 panellists from left to right, Mr. Daniel Gad, Mr. Endalkachew Sime, Mr. Henok Assefa, Ms. Cristina Miranda Gozálvez, Mr. Zemedeneh Negatu and Mr. Fitsum Arega.

The Government of Ethiopia launched the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II, 2015-2020), a national development strategy aimed at boosting economic growth with manufacturing at its core. In order to sustain Ethiopia’s high economic growth rate, recent government reforms and incentives have created investment and business opportunities in the industrial sector.

The session discussed the overall business environment and presented key policy features that make Ethiopia an attractive destination for investment in agro-industries and allied sectors.


Henok Assefa is the Chief Executive Officer of Precise Consult International in Ethiopia, of which he is also the founder and principal. Under his leadership, Precise Consult has led more than 200 strategic engagements with investors, government agencies and development partners. He has a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degrees in Economics from For... Read More


Fitsum Arega has over 20 years of experience serving in government offices, mostly in senior positions. In the 13 years prior to his current role, Mr. Arega held positions in the Office of the Prime Minister at different capacities: as Team Leader in the Economic Affairs Sector; Special Assistant to the Head of Economic Affairs (to the Deputy Prime... Read More



Ms. GOZÁLVEZ Miranda Cristina

Deputy Head of Unit, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and Development Issues, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development
European Commission

Cristina Miranda Gozálvez is currently the Deputy Head of Unit for the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and Development Issues at the European Commission in Belgium. She graduated with honours in Agricultural Engineering, with a specialization in Agricultural Economy and Rural Sociology, from the University of Cordoba, Spain. She hold... Read More

Zemedeneh Negatu is the Global Chairman of the Fairfax Africa Fund. He previously served as the Managing Partner for Ernst & Young (E&Y) in Ethiopia and the Head of the Transaction Advisory Services for Eastern Africa, which included Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and several other countries. Before that he served on the firm’s Africa board and as a membe... Read More

Endalkachew Sime is the Secretary General of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations. For the past 17 years, Mr. Sime has held various positions in the Ethiopian private sector, including in leadership of private sector organizations and cooperatives, covering areas such as livestock, textiles and garments, and construction. Mr.... Read More

Mr. GAD Daniel

Owner and General Manager
Omega Farms, Ethiopia

Daniel Gad is the Owner and General Manager Omega Farms Plc., a leading vegetable production farm in Ethiopia. Prior to this role, Mr. Gad had worked in the telecom industry with AT&T for 18 years. In addition, he also led the venture capital funded IPO of Opus 360, which was later acquired by a major software development company. ... Read More