Dr. Arkebe Oqubay
Senior Minister, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Dr. Arkebe Oqubay is a Senior Minister and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He has been at the center of policymaking and government leadership for over 30 years. During his three decades of dedicated public service, Dr. Arkebe has successfully led bold reforms and played a key role in Ethiopia’s economic transformation at different levels of government: as mayor of the capital city, Addis Ababa, as regional state governor, and as a federal government cabinet minister. He has been recognized for his innovative and strategic leadership role in the economic transformation of Ethiopia ‒ which has become one of the world’s fastest-growing economies ‒ and for championing the country’s pioneering industrial development model, one that is being replicated across many African countries. Dr. Arkebe has coordinated economic sector reforms through the Ethiopian Export Coordination Committee and the Ethiopian Investment Board, both chaired by the Prime Minister. He has also served as chair and vice-chair on the boards of several leading public corporations, including Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Industrial Parks Development Corporation, and the Ethiopian Railway Corporation. He was also the founding chancellor of Addis Ababa Science and Technology University.