Zemedeneh NegatuGlobal Chairman at Fairfax Africa Fund, LLC
An Ethiopian-American, Zemedeneh has lived in the U.S.,Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia.
He is currently the Global Chairman of the American investment firm Fairfax Africa Fund, LLC, based in Washington D.C. Fairfax focuses on five sectors: manufacturing, infrastructure, natural resources, hospitality and Agro-processing.
Previously Zemedeneh was the Managing Partner of Ernst & Young (EY) in Ethiopia and was also the Head of EY’s Transaction Advisory Services for East Africa and served as a member of EY’s Global Partner Council. Prior to EY, he was with PwC U.S. in Washington D.C.
Zemedeneh regularly provides powerful and influential global thought leadership about finance, economics and investments and has been featured on CNN, BBC, the FT, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and CNBC. Furthermore, he has been invited to give speeches and as a panelist at high profile events such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), Harvard Business School, the Milken Global Summit in Los Angeles and Global Business Forum in Dubai.
He serves on more several boards globally including: InvestAfrica, based in London (UK), a successful Fintech company in the Netherlands, Chairman of Calzedonia (Ethiopia), the multinational italian clothing manufacturer and retailer and the global advisory board of the University of Texas at Dallas business school.