Dr. Eyob Tekalign Tolina, State Minister of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance. Dr. Eyob is Chairman of the Board of Ethiopian Public Procurement and Property Administration Agency, and Accounting and Auditing Board of Ethiopia (ABBE). Also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Ethiopia, ethio telecom, Ethiopia’s Electric Power Corporation, and the Federal Housing Corporation. Previously, Minister in Charge of Ethiopia's National Planning Commission. Has spent close to 20 years helping shape Ethiopia’s economic and social development through various responsibilities within leading public, private, supranational, multinational and academic institutions. Has worked for different government agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Trade. Has also worked for a number of regional and international organizations including UNECA, COMESA, UNCTAD, the World Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), SGI Frontier Capital and other multinationals. Master’s degree from the George Washington University in Washington DC and PhD from the University of Maryland, focusing on political economy.