From May 9th-11th, Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will Co-chair the first World Economic Forum to be held in Ethiopia.
With a goal of ensuring that Africa is no longer known just for its problems but increasingly for its solutions and opportunities, the Forum will bring together leaders from civil society, business, government and development sectors to build on the outcomes of Busan and Davos.
“Ethiopia is leading the way in poverty reduction, in utilising donor support to create effective infrastructure and with a health care system that is proving to be a model for other African contexts,” said Geleta.
“It is a great example of what can be done when all of society works together to find solutions.”
Geleta’s ambition to find solutions for Africa is well informed – from 1984-1988 he led the Ethiopian Red Cross to improve efficiency in the midst of drought, resulting in the organisation extending its support from 100,000 vulnerable people to one million.
With an agenda for Addis Ababa that he is passionate about and 900 high profile delegates coming together as the traditional African models of aid are giving way to more innovative and sustainable solutions, Geleta has never been happier to return to Addis.