Yifru Tafesse (PhD)
Senior Director, CEO Office
Dr. Yifru Tafesse is Senior Director, CEO Office Vertical. His role primarily involves managing and supporting the various teams in the vertical including Agricultural Commercialization Cluster (ACC), Communications, Government Relations, Special Projects and others. As Senior Director, he works closely with other senior directorial staff within the ATA so as to leverage and maximize on synergies across different program types.
Prior to assuming the Senior Director position, Dr. Yifru served as the Director of Private Sector Development in Agriculture, under the Agribusiness and Markets Vertical. Before joining the ATA, he had served as Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Adroit Consultancy and Training Services (ACTS) PLC, as the Director of Marketing at Ahadukes Food Products and in different senior positions in other companies including NAS Foods PLC, Summit Beverages, Nyala Insurance SC and Ethiopian Management Institute. He also had served as postgraduate coordinator at the Graduate School of Business Leadership - University of South Africa, lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Economics - Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa School of Commerce as well as Mekele University.
Yifru got his doctoral degree in Business Leadership (DBL) from the University of South Africa, Graduate School of Business Leadership. He did his BA degree in Management and Public Administration from the Addis Ababa University; a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and Physical Distribution from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Addis Ababa University.