Ethiopia’s Former PM Joins International Crisis Group’s Board

ADDIS ABABA – The International Crisis Group announces today the appointment of former Prime Minister of Ethiopia to its Board of Trustees.

He joins Federica Mogherini, former Vice President of the European Commission, to assume the new role of in the board “with a wealth of experience at the highest echelons of government”, the group said.

Hailemariam served as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) from 2013 to 2014 and as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister from 2012 to 2018.

Mogherini headed the EU’s foreign and security policy as the High Representative from 2014 to 2019 and served as Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2014.

“Our Board has always prided itself on its diversity, and these additions stand squarely in that tradition. Crisis Group will enormously benefit from their unique backgrounds and knowledge,” said Crisis Group’s President & CEO Robert Malley.

“Hailemariam and Federica will enrich our debates, sharpen our analysis and bolster our advocacy. I look forward to working closely with them as we seek to prevent and resolve deadly conflict across the globe,” the president added.

With these two additions this December, the group’s Board of Trustees now consists of 47 individuals from 30 countries.


Image: Hailemariam Desalegn, former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, attends Crisis Group’s Board Meeting in New York, October 2019. CRISISGROUP/Karim Lebhour