Addis Alemayehou

A household name within Ethiopia’s business and entrepreneurship landscape. Founder and Chairman of Kazana Group with a portfolio of over 20 firms.

CEO of 251 Communications one of the leading PR and communications firms in Ethiopia.

Co-founder and shareholder of a trailblazing private entertainment television station KANA TV

Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global business strategy firm based in Washington D.C. where he uses his expertise in communications, telecom, and other key sectors to support client engagements across East Africa.

Prior roles include, Chief of Party of the VEGA Ethiopia AGOA+ project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The project was a USAID funded private sector support program with a mandate to increase two-way trade between the US and Ethiopia.

Addis was awarded a Distinguished Service Award from the US Department of State for providing service above and beyond the call of duty. He has engaged in numerous public speaking venues, including at the Global Diaspora forum in the State Department and the AGOA forum.

His active engagements in the Ethiopian start-up ecosystem expands onto his membership of the Addis Ababa Angel Network (AAA), an association he-co-founded. AAA is a network of high net-worth individual investors who have partnered to leverage their experiences and financial capital to invest in early-stage technology and innovative businesses in Ethiopia. Addis is also an advisor to the Ethiopian government on policy and regulation around the promotion of digital transformation and technology-enabled start-up businesses.

Addis serves on the board of the African Leadership Network, a network of influential leaders in business, public sector, academia, the arts and civil society

The life and success story of Addis has been profiled in a popular book, titled How We Made It In Africa, compiled by Jaco Maritz and published in 2018, which depicts the stories of 25 successful African entrepreneurs who are considered worthy of inspiration for generations to come.

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