Abiy Ahmed Biography


Abiy Ahmed Biography: Abiy Ahmed is an Ethiopian politician and the current Prime Minister of Ethiopia, born 15 August 1976.

Abiy Ahmed born and raised in Bashasha, a small township in the Jimma Zone of Oromia region in western Ethiopia, to a Muslim father, Ahmed Ali, and a Christian mother, Tizita Wolde, who was his father’s 4th wife. He is the youngest of Ahmed Ali’s 13 children.

Abiy received his first degree, a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Microlink Information Technology College in Addis Ababa in 2001.

In 2005, Abiy earned a post-graduate certificate in cryptography at Machine Dynamics in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.

Abiy holds a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, from the business school at Greenwich University, London, in collaboration with the International Leadership Institute, Addis Ababa in 2011.

He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Leadstar College of Management and Leadership in Addis Ababa in partnership with Ashland University in 2013.

Abiy completed his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in 2017 at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa University.

Abiy got involved in politics at the tender age of 15 when he joined the struggle against the Derg military regime in 1991. He served as a radio operator for the OPDO at the time. Because of his prior experience in military and politics, Abiy was a part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force sent to Rwanda, where he stayed from 1993 to 1996. He went onto work for the Ethiopian National Defense Forces until 2007 and has reputedly reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Abiy is married to Zinash Tayachew, whom he met while serving the military, and is a father of 3 daughters.