Ms. Yasmin Wohabrebbi Saeed
State Minister of Finance for Economic Cooperation, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Ms. Yasmin Wohabrebbi is a State Minister of Finance at Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance, with a portfolio of international economic cooperation. In this role, she leads the Ministry’s external economic cooperation policy and operation, as well as effective mobilization and management of external resources. She is a seasoned resource mobilization and partnership management professional with over twelve years of experience in the field. Having built strong relationships with key donors and international organizations, Ms. Yasmin has helped to mobilize significant resources from several multilateral, bilateral and philanthropic organizations for Ethiopia’s development. Her extensive knowledge of government policies and strategies, as well as cooperation requirements and procedures resulted in successful outcomes in development financing. Ms. Yasmin has played an indispensable role in the design of many development projects across all sectors and led negotiations with development partners to secure loans and grants. She also plays a principal role in Ethiopia’s national and international development effectiveness and sustainable financing initiatives.
Prior to assuming the post of State Minister, Ms Yasmin served the Ministry of Finance in different capacity including Director of International Financial Institution Directorate in the Ministry for more than seven years. While at the ministry, she has taken progressive responsibilities in resource mobilization, allocation and management from international financial institutions including the World Bank; led development partner coordination platforms to strengthen collaboration; and oversaw the country’s credit rating to enhance creditworthiness and attract investment. Previously, she was the Director of Partnerships and Resource Management at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, where she developed a resource mobilization strategy; identified and sought funding sources, and oversaw proposal and report development focusing on the agriculture sector.
Ms. Yasmin holds a Master’s Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from Lund University in Sweden, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Gondar in Ethiopia.