Dr Tafesse is currently Director of Private Sector in Agriculture at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), a post he has held since April 2017. He is responsible for the private sector in agriculture programs in Ethiopia, through working with potential investors and key stakeholders across the private and public sectors. 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. Dr Tafesse has also served as the Regional Coordinator for the Graduate School of Business Leadership at University of South Africa (UNISA) from 2009 to 2015. Dr Tafesse holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Public Administration from Addis Ababa University; a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and Physical Distribution from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands; and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Addis Ababa University.