Yifru Tafesse (PhD)
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Yifru Tafesse is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). The Agency is an initiative of the Government of Ethiopia, established by federal regulation to promote agricultural sector transformation in Ethiopia by identifying solutions to systemic bottlenecks in key program areas.
Prior to assuming the Deputy Chief Executive Officer position, Dr. Yifru served as the Senior Director of the CEO Office, which involved managing and supporting the various teams in the vertical including Agricultural Commercialization Cluster (ACC), Communications, Government Relations, Special Projects and others. 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 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.