FOUNDER & MD - ZEKARIAS AMSALU
Connecting Investors with Ethiopian Opportunities
Zekarias is the Founder & MD of Ibex Frontier, with presence in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, London U.K., and Washington DC, USA.
Zekarias started his career in the private Banking sector in Ethiopia followed by a regional Finance and Treasury role at Shell Oil East Africa Hub leading Treasury & Credit operations, Change Management implementations in East African cluster that led him to win a number of continental awards in his exceptional leadership and innovative achievements including a ‘Crystal Award’ by Shell Oil for his breakthrough performance in Africa.
A thoughtful Leader, Mentor and Advisor at his core, he traces his advisory role back to 2002 through the Consultancy firm he set up in Ethiopia with fellow partners – ‘Future Proof Accountancy’, that has consulted companies in feasibility studies, system design and process re-engineering. Zekarias is happy to see some of his early customers are now international companies to reckon with attracting international investment in a JV operation.
Zekarias has expanded his international exposure since his relocation to London, U.K, in 2004 and has since worked in the Financial, Real Estate, FMCG and Wholesale sectors. He has re-tuned his focus on Ethiopia and Africa since 2014 and as a result has founded the London based Ibex Frontier in early 2016 and has been helping Ethiopian based companies raise capital and has led in sell side mandates and investor negotiations as well as providing advisory services for international investors moving to Ethiopia in buy side mandate and/or Route-to-Market.
Zekarias has written and commented extensively on bridging the information gap between Ethiopia's business opportunities and helped provide Visibility, Access and Opportunity to Ethiopia’s investment opportunities through various research articles he authored or contributed to, some of which are referred to in the blog section of our website.
Zekarias is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and an MBA graduate of Oxford Brookes University in the UK.
ETHIOPIA COUNTRY MANAGER - BEREKET AMSALU
Bereket is an enthusiast of financial data analysis and deal sourcing in Ethiopia.
Bereket has started his career with Auditing and industry experience at Heineken in Ethiopia before setting to London for his training and international experience.
Returning back to Ethiopia in 2016, Bereket has been helping International Investors identify and work with Ethiopian Businesses and making a case of ‘Why Invest in Ethiopia’ at various investment summits and round table discussions. Having strong experience in working at grass-root level financial management, he links local businesses with potential international investors and partners. Promoting technology in Finance, he enables high-quality financial data sharing easily accessible to stakeholders thereby facilitating service to local companies and international partners to enhance economic growth.
If Bereket is not accompanying an international investor at local company negotiations or presenting investment opportunities in Ethiopia, he is spending time researching and bringing out the best of Ethiopian opportunities and potentials.
Bereket has a BSc degree in Finance and is a Chartered Certified Accountant (U.K).
STRATEGIC ADVISOR - YOSEPH AMSALU
Yoseph is a Chartered Certified Accountant with extensive experience in Banking in Ethiopia and Finance Controller & Private Equity experience in London, U.K.
Having worked for the London based Private Equity Africa and with his insightful knowledge, Yoseph currently advises Ibex Frontier as Ibex makes the case for bankable opportunities in Ethiopia and expand its operations.