Eleni Gabre-Madhin is co-founder and chief executive of Eleni LLC, a company with equity investments by Morgan Stanley, IFC (International Finance Corporation), and 8 Miles Fund. Gabre-Madhin is Founder and former CEO of the highly-acclaimed Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), which she founded and managed from 2008 to late 2012, successfully trading $1.2 billion annually after 3 years of operation.
A globally recognized thought leader on agricultural commodity markets and African development, Gabre-Madhin has held prior roles at the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, and UNCTAD in Geneva.
Gabre-Madhin has a PhD in applied economics from Stanford University, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University, and BA in economics from Cornell University, and was awarded Outstanding Dissertation by the American Agricultural Economics Association in 1999 for her research on Ethiopian grain markets.
Gabre-Madhin has been named among the 125 Global Women of Impact by Newsweek in April 2013, among 100 Most Influential Africans by New African in 2012, and received the prestigious Yara Prize for Agricultural Transformation in Africa and the African Banker Icon Award, both in 2012.