About Eleni Gabre-Madhin

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Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin is an Ethiopian economist who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). She has had many years of experience working on agricultural markets - particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa – and has held senior positions in the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington), and United Nations (Geneva). She has a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University, and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Economics from Cornell University and Michigan State University respectively. She was the main driving force behind the development of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). Whilst working as a researcher for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) she examined agricultural markets for many years and noticed, as had many others, that whilst in some years or regions there were severe shortages or droughts in others there were surpluses or bumper harvests. Specifically in her 2002 survey of grain...
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