Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin (PhD) is an Ethiopian economist and a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). She has had many years of experience working on agricultural markets – particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa – and has held senior positions in the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington), and United Nations (Geneva). She has a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Cornell University and Michigan State University respectively.
In 2004 she moved home from the US to lead an IFPRI program to improve Ethiopia’s agricultural policies and markets. Specifically she undertook the important role of coordinating the advisory body developing the ECX. She became CEO of the new exchange in 2008.
In February 2013, she became a director of Syngenta.
In 2013, Eleni launched eleni LLC, a company intended to build and invest in commodity exchanges in markets in the developing world, including Africa.