Addis Alemayehou

Addis Alemayehou has become a household name in Africa’s entrepreneurship landscape, with Ethiopia as the genesis of his successful business career. The founder and CEO of 251 Communications, Addis turned what began as a three-people marketing agency into one of the leading PR and communications firms in Ethiopia.

Addis expanded his outreach outside of Ethiopia by co-founding Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), the first African-owned, pan-African agency handling communication for global clients in the African setting. Addis is also a co-founder and shareholder of a trailblazing private entertainment television station in Ethiopia called KANA TV.

He is an investor of over 13 companies, involved in diverse sectors, under his own holding entity named Kazana Group. He is also a co-founder of the Addis Ababa Angel Network, and an advisor to the Ethiopian government on start-up policy. Addis is a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group, and also serves on the board of the African Leadership Network, Dangote Ethiopia, the Ethiopian American Business Forum, and the ICT-ET (a private sector ICT association in Ethiopia).