Henok Assefa, Managing Partner at Precise Consult International, has been involved in hundreds of strategic engagements with investors, helping move the Ethiopian economy closer to an industrialized nation.

By Samuel Getachew (CNBC Africa) |

At the CEOs Forum inside Hilton Addis where business executives, heads of government institutions, and investors gathered to hear from Finance and Economic Cooperation Minister Abraham Tekeste (PhD), it was Henok Assefa, the architect of the gathering who attracted the most attention.

After all, he is the man Tedros Adhanom (PhD), one time noted Ethiopian health minister and now director general of the World Health Organization calls “the most undervalued brilliant entrepreneur” in the country. He has been making headway since he returned to Ethiopia a decade-and-a-half ago with little resources and big dreams. He was quickly being noticed for his entrepreneurship passion. “(He is) a highly polished and business astute person that has the ability to understand the local business dynamics,” Fasil Yilma the country director of Dow Chemical said. “That is coupled with his attempts to make it work for everyone.”

Henok Assefa his passion for entrepreneurship

He has been making headway since he returned to Ethiopia a decade-and-a-half ago with little resources and big dreams. He was quickly noticed for his passion for entrepreneurship. “(He is) a highly polished and business astute person that has the ability to understand the local business dynamics,” Fasil Yilma the country director of Dow Chemical said. “That is coupled with his attempts to make it work for everyone.”

Articulate, collected and informed, at the CEO forum, he was engaging and inspired the minister to reflect on a slew of topics. He often spoke in sound bites like an aspiring politician. “Please network,” he said throughout the program. It was his talent for networking that helped him win friends and favors when he first moved back to Ethiopia.

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