Greenwich graduate brings radical change to Ethiopia
Greenwich graduate Abiy Ahmed has had an unprecedented first three months in office since his election as Prime Minister of Ethiopia in April.
He has implemented a radical reform programme which has set the foundations for increased peace and democracy for both the Ethiopian and Eritrean people. Not surprisingly he is being recognised internationally for his leadership.
Prime Minister Abiy’s actions include ending the state of emergency imposed by the previous Government, freeing thousands of political prisoners, sacking officials accused of abuses, lifting press restrictions, championing religious and ethnic tolerance and taking steps to liberalise the economy.
Most impressively, he has also ended the long running conflict with neighbouring Eritrea and restored diplomatic relations. The two nations have been bitter enemies for half a century, with wars leaving tens of thousands dead and many more displaced.
The BBC’s Feargal Keane has described him as “one of the most dynamic and charismatic politicians to emerge in modern Africa”.
While acknowledging that it is still early days, The Guardian says: “Abiy has electrified Ethiopia with his informal style, charisma and energy, earning comparisons to Nelson Mandela, Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev.”
Abiy Ahmed gained an MA in Transformational Leadership and Change at the university’s partner in Ethiopia, graduating in 2011.
Here is a selection of recent media articles about Prime Minister Abiy.
Greenwich graduate Abiy Ahmed – Prime Minister of Ethiopia
“one of the most dynamic and charismatic politicians to emerge in modern Africa.”
“Abiy has electrified Ethiopia with his informal style, charisma and energy, earning comparisons to Nelson Mandela, Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev.”