Ethiopian banker among most influential Africans
Ethiopian-American Daniel Yohannes has been named among the world’s 50 most influential Africans by the prestigious Paris-based The Africa Report Magazine. According to August–September 2012 edition, Daniel is named along with 50 other most influential African personalities.
Daniel was named in the list for making a positive difference globally, leading the independent U.S government foreign aid agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). “Now in charge of a huge aid budget that rewards economic and political improvements in developing countries, Yohannes arrived in the US in 1970 and worked his way to the top of the banking profession. As chief executive of MCC, he is a powerful voice for Africa Washington DC.,” reads the Africa Report magazine.
By linking aid to good governance, the MCC rewards reforming governments on the continent and across the globe, the magazine explained.
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Yohannes graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Economics and earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He has more than 30 years experience in banking and economic development. He was nominated as Chief Executive Officer of MCC by President Barack Obama on September 18, 2009, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 20, 2009.
Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi, Ethiopia’s richest man, emerged as the most powerful person in Africa.
Other influential Africans recognized on the list include Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former first lady Grace Machel of Mozambique, the President of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, and Mo Ibrahim, Sudan’s former telecom mogul who dragged governance to center stage with prize that rewards former presidents, according to the magazine.