Ayalew Zegeye Asfaw

Ayalew Zegeye Asfaw is a dynamic driver of change and organisational development. He has over three decades of experience working in the private sector, United Nations, and public sector. He is serving as lecturer at Addis Ababa University Faculty of Business and Economics, president of the Ethiopian Institute of Corporate Governance, and as Chairman of the Board for the Addis Africa International Convention and Exhibition Centre. He has also served as President of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and as a board director of Ethiopian Airlines. Clients he has served recently include United Nations, African Union, Ethiopian Airlines and Bank of Abyssinia. He is also an associate of dialogos and the Collective Leadership Institute.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategy Development
  • Corporate Governance
  • Group Facilitation
  • Team Building
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Training
  • Learning and Development
  • Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency

Certifications and Other Tools

  • Certificate in Public Policy Analysis (Oklahoma State University, Stillwater,
    Oklahoma), USA
  • Leadership for Collective Intelligence (Dialogos), Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Change Management and Human Resources (RIPA International), London, UK
  • Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue; Leveraging Collective Leadership (Collective Leadership Institute), Potsdam, Germany
  • Certified Future Search facilitator (Future Search Network), PA, USA
  • Certified Open Space Technology facilitator (Dalar International), NC, USA

Country Experience

Burundi, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


  • MBA (Master of Business Administration), Distinction, Katholieke Universitiet
    Leuven (KUL), Belgium, 1991
  • BA, Management, Great Distinction, Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia, 1985


English, Amharic