Dr Tafesse is the Chair of the BioInnovate Africa Programme Advisory Committee (PAC). He is the Deputy Director General at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). He previously served as the Senior Director, CEO office, and Director of Private Sector Development in Agriculture, Agribusiness and Markets at ATA.
Before joining ATA, Dr Tafesse was the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Adroit Consultancy and Training Services (ACTS) PLC, where he coordinated the National Cooperative Capacity Building Program in Tigray and Oromia regional states. He was previously the Director of Marketing at Ahadukes Food Products PLC, held senior positions in other companies including the NAS Foods PLC, Summit Beverages, Nyala Insurance SC, and Ethiopian Management Institute. Dr Tafesse has lectured at the Addis Ababa University School of Commerce, as well as Mekele University. He has also served as the Regional Coordinator for the Graduate School of Business Leadership at University of South Africa (UNISA) from 2009 to 2015.
He holds a Ph.D in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa; a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Addis Ababa University; a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and Physical Distribution from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands; and a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Public Administration from Addis Ababa University.