Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin is co-founder and chief executive of eleni LLC, a newly formed company with equity investments by Morgan Stanley, IFC, and 8 Miles Fund, that is positioned to be the industry leader in designing, building, and supporting the operations of commodity exchange eco-systems in frontier markets. The company’s business model is to deliver exchange turnkey projects on a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) basis. Eleni 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, she has held prior roles at the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, and UNCTAD in Geneva. Eleni 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.
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