Dr. Arkebe Oqubay (Ph.D.) is a Minister and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He is the former mayor of Addis Ababa, and pioneered the transformation of the city under his leadership. In recognition of this, he was awarded ‘The Best African Mayor of 2006’ by ABN, and was a finalist for the award of World Mayor of 2006.
Dr. Arkebe serves as chairman and vice chair of boards of directors of many leading public organisations, such as the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), Ethiopian Airlines (EAL), and Industrial Parks Development Corporation (IPDC). He also serves as member of Ethiopian Investment Board (EIB) and National Export Coordinating Committee (NECC), which are both chaired by the Prime Minister. Dr. Arkebe has been a member of the core leadership of TPLF and EPRDF, the movement that spearheaded the seventeen-year popular liberation struggle.
Dr. Arkebe holds a PhD in development studies from SOAS, University of London, and is research associate at the Centre of African Studies in the University of London. His path-breaking and widely read book ‘ Made in Africa: Industrial Policy in Ethiopia’ (Oxford University Press 2015) focuses on Africa’s economic transformation, industrialization and policymaking.