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A Conversation with Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin

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On April 25, NYU Africa House hosted Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhi, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, in the Grand Hall at the NYU Global Center. Dr. Gabre-Madhi is an internationally recognized thought leader on agricultural marketing in Africa and global development.

The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange is a national multi-commodity exchange that provides low-cost, secure marketplace services that benefit all agricultural market stakeholders. It will also make a unique and unusual transition to futures trading down the line. The exchange is “based on learning from the global experience, but tailored to our country’s conditions,” explained Dr. Gabre-Madhi.  As a small actor oriented exchange established for the informal market, it brings together innovative, creative, and passionate business people. “We have not built an exchange for the suits,” she emphasized.

Watch Dr. Gabre-Madhi’s speech below:

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