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A Conversation with Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin: Setting up a Commodity Exchange and Doing Business in Africa

Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), shared her experience setting up the ECX as well as current trends in doing business in Africa. The first of its kind, the ECX is a national multi-commodity exchange that provides low-cost, secure marketplace services to benefit all agricultural market stakeholders and invites industry professionals to seek membership enabling them to participate in trading. As described by The Economist, Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin is an internationally recognized thought leader on agricultural marketing in Africa and global development, with prior roles as a senior economist at the World Bank and a senior research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington and UNCTAD in Geneva. She is among The Africa Report’s “50 Women Shaping Africa” 2011, named Ethiopian Person of the Year 2010, and nominated Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year 2010 by African Business. The event was held at the NYU Global Center in New York City.

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Click here to view Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin’s publication (March 2012)

Click here to watch Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin’s talk on TED (June 2007)