Elsabeth T TedrosElsabeth T Tedros

Ethiopia/South Africa


Occupational Information

Occupation: Diplomat, Senior Investment Officer

Occupational Position: Elsabeth is Senior Investment Officer at the NEPAD Agency, the technical arm of the African Union. Within the Office of the CEO Elsabeth leads efforts and advises on private sector engagement for the AU’s flagship Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). Specifically, through the African Strategic Infrastructure Initiative, Africa Power Vision and the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative, she leads projects to achieve “bankability".


An Ethiopian national, Elsabeth holds degrees in economics, business and international affairs.  She was nominated and admitted to the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honour Society and is a Lincoln Laureate. She is an active mentor to African youth offering guidance in higher education and a member of the Student Sponsorship Program. Elsabeth is passionate about home grown solutions focused on regional integration to accelerate economic development in Africa.  She is also active in education and gender equality issues to ensure an inclusive African growth story.

Professional History

Her career spans over a decade within public and private institutions, providing cutting edge global and cross-sectorial project finance and strategy solutions for several large scale energy and transport deals in Africa and the Americas. Elsabeth’s multifaceted work in FDI, trade and infrastructure greatly contributes to her strength in leading key stakeholders to effectively locate, evaluate and capitalize on the increasing demand for PPP opportunities in Africa.


COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York; School of International and Public Affairs, MIA, International Finance and Business /Infrastructure; LAKE FOREST COLLEGE BA, Economics, Cum Laude


2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.