Mr. Negatu was appointed Director General, Eastern Africa Regional Hub in 2016. The Regional Hub is part of the bank’s new strategy to accelerate business and development impacts across the continent.
His more than 25 years of senior-level program, project and portfolio management experience includes 18 years of services at the African Development Bank. His illustrious record of managing sector and country operations comes from serving as Senior and Principal Program Officer, Chief Program Officer and Sector Director, where he established/led the bank’s Economic and Financial Governance department. He has been credited with successfully leading the bank’s response to the global financial crisis and spearheading the innovative use of budget support instruments; including in fragile states.
Appointed as Country & Regional Director for Eastern Africa in 2010, he successfully piloted the bank’s decentralization strategy.
Presently he directs the bank’s largest Regional Center, responsible for 13 member countries and a portfolio valued in excess of US$9 billion.
Mr. Negatu completed his university studies in the United States; receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh; with a concentration in Economics and Social Development. He has also completed several advanced studies, including at Harvard University Business School and the University of Manchester.