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Admassu Tadesse (President and CEO of Trade and Development Bank)

Admassu Tadesse

President and CEO of Trade and Development Bank

Admassu Tadesse is an international banker and business leader with experience at board and executive-levels globally and in Africa. Since he joined the Bank in 2012, Mr. Tadesse has launched new business operations, centres of excellence in risk management and treasury as well as critical institutional reforms which have led TDB to transform its ownership, geographical scope and organizational structure, achieve investment-grade ratings, grow its assets from USD 1bn to over USD 7.2bn, and drive higher impact in the 22 Member States it serves.

Previously, he has served as Executive Vice President at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and senior advisor and specialist with various funds and international organizations. Mr. Tadesse was recognized as ‘African Banker of the Year’ in 2019 at the African Bankers Awards. In 2020, TDB was honored as African Bank of the Year.

Peter Sullivan (Managing Director, Head of Public Sector Africa at Citi)

Peter Sullivan

Managing Director, Head of Public Sector Africa at Citi

Peter M. Sullivan is a Managing Director and Head of the Public Sector Group for Africa at Citi since 2007. He is also a Senior Credit Officer of Citi and is based in London.

The Public Sector Group facilitates global best practices and success transfer among its clients including Central banks, Multilateral Development Banks and Sovereigns. Peter is responsible for developing business and structuring and delivering product solutions for sovereigns, state-owned enterprises and multilateral institutions in Sub-Sahara and North Africa.

He has 29 years of customer relationship and industry experience with Citi including the coverage of Global Financial Institutions, Industrials and Sovereigns. His product background extends from trade and structured finance to fixed income and credit-based structures.

Peter has been the lead on a number of innovative transactions in the region including the first fuel import hedging by a Sub-Saharan African Sovereign, the first local currency sovereign sukuk, the first local debt exchange and a number of receivable-backed financings for Central Governments. He was an integral member of the teams that arranged the debut bond issues for Ghana, Gabon, Senegal, Nigeria, Rwanda and Cote d’Ivoire as well as the respective follow-on issues. Peter also led a Risk Capital Review for the African Development Bank in 2008.

Peter has delivered presentations and served as a speaker at numerous conferences and events on Africa including those sponsored by the World Bank, the IMF, African Development Bank and Reuters. He has also been engaged in a number of Blended Finance initiatives including Convergence and the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership with USAID, OECD and WEF.
Prior to joining Citi, Peter served 2 years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Mali. Subsequently, he worked as a Financial Analyst for the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before receiving his MBA from Columbia University in 1989.