Ermias Eshetu 2022 speaker

CEO

Grant Thornton

Biography

Ermias has over 25 years of technical and leadership experience on the continent and has held various posts together with several Board Directorships including the American Chamber in Ethiopia (AmCham), the Accounting Auditing Board of Ethiopia (AABE) and Zemen Bank’s Share Company.

Ermias was ranked in the 2016 and 2017 ‘Choiseul 100 Africa-Future Economic leaders’ for being an active contributor to the economic development of Africa. In 2017, he was also recognized by MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent 100) for his various contribution and achievements.

Prior to that, Ermias held the position of CEO at the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) for three years until end of 2017. During his tenure with ECX, he prudently and strategically led the effort of the Exchange in building a modern marketing system via the launch of an e-Trade platform which had remarkable contribution to the lives of the rural communities and trading enterprises. Prior to that, Ermias was part of an establishment who founded Zemen Bank serving as a Vice President.

Ermias studied at the University of Manchester, UK, receiving his Master’s Degree in International Business from Manchester School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Computation at UMIST.

Ermias is passionate about advancing capital investment across Africa, and the Financial Sector development particularly in Ethiopia. To that end, he has spoken on many panels and investment conferences over the past 10 years including at the Milken Institute Global Conference, AFSIC and Choiseul.

Ermias until recently served as the Advisory Partner at Grant Thornton (Ethiopia) since January 2018, heading the Advisory Services practice providing local and global clients with world-class consultancy services.

Ermias is currently serving as the CEO of FSD Ethiopia, as Chairman of the Board of Zemen Bank and as Non-Executive Director of Grant Thornton Ethiopia.

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