H.E Ato Oumer Hussien Oba is the Minister leading the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and its affiliate institutions.
Born into a farmer’s family on September 15, 1972 in the Arsi, region of Ethiopia. He has been exposed to farming at an early age instilling in him the discipline of hard work, the willingness to go the extra mile to get things done, and to work with diverse communities to solve a multitude of problems at the grass root level.
H.E Oumer, has served as Director General of the Ethiopia Revenue and Custom Authority; Vice President of the Oromia Regional Government; Head of the Bureaus of Urban Development and Agriculture with the rank of Vice President of Oromia Regional Government; Deputy Head for Bureau of Finance and Planning; Zone Administrator, Heads of Zone Finance and Planning; Head of Trade and Industry, Head of Culture and Tourism Departments. He started his career as a teacher in Ministry of Education. He has served in over 10 sectors in the last 20 years.
In addition to his Ministerial responsibility, he is currently, a board member of the Development Bank of Ethiopia, Industrial Parks Development Corporation and the Agency for Civil Society Organizations.
H.E Oumer received his BA in Economics in Ethiopia and his Master’s in Business Administration in International Business (MBA-IB) from Greenwich University in London.
He and his wife, Mekida Shale Gebewo, are parents of two daughters, Semira and Hawi and two sons called Fraol and Fuad.