Chairman and ceo of eleni LLC, Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin has been recognized not only worldwide for her vision and leadership in building commodity exchanges to transform lives in frontier economies, but also in her home country, Ethiopia.
On July 6, Dr. Eleni received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Gondar, a first in its 59 year history. The University’s President, Prof. Mengesha Admassu noted that
“On the occasion of its commencement ceremony and for the first time in its long history, the University Senate gladly decided to honor a prominent model of female might, Dr. Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin, by awarding her an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters (DHLitt) in appreciation of the socio-economic contributions she has made in establishing and effectively running the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) for the benefit of the Ethiopian farmers and the country at large.”
At a gathering of more than 10,000, Dr. Eleni received the degree in the presence of 4,562 graduates and their families in Gondar, a historical town in northern Ethiopia, and called on the graduates to never forget that a committed individual can change the world, to always rely on integrity, and to harness the power of love of self, God, and country as they embarked on their lifelong journey of learning and achievement.