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Abebe is currently serving as the Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission. He served as Senior Legal Advisor at the Office of the Prime Minister before he assumed his current position. He also served as Deputy Commissioner at the Ethiopian Investment Commission where he led the policy research, investment promotion and investment climate reform workstreams of the Commission.
Abebe has more than 15 years of experience working on private sector development, economic policy and regulatory reform, negotiation of international trade and investment agreements, academic research and teaching. Before he joined the Commission, he was working at the IFC/ WBG where he spearheaded the effort to establish a structured public-private-dialogue in Ethiopia and supported IFC’s work on improving Ethiopia’s investment climate.
Abebe obtained his first degree in law from Addis Ababa University, an LL.M in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Western Cape, South Africa and an LL.M in Energy Law and Policy from the University of Dundee, United Kingdom.