Addisu Lashitew

Addisu Lashitew

Nonresident Fellow – Global Economy and Development

Addisu Lashitew is a nonresident fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, where he was previously a David M. Rubenstein fellow. He has also held postdoctoral researcher positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Simon Fraser University (Canada). Lashitew’s research interest spans various topics in development economics, including firm growth and productivity, resource allocation, and economic diversification. His most recent research has looked into market-based corporate approaches toward sustainable development and poverty alleviation. He has actively published on the topics of financial inclusion, social innovation, inclusive business strategies, sustainable finance, and Base of the Pyramid strategies. Lashitew maintains teaching and research affiliations with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in Nairobi, and the School of Commerce of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

  • Past Positions

    • David M. Rubenstein Fellow, The Brookings Institution
  • Education

    • PhD, University of Groningen
    • MSc in environmental economics and policy, Wageningen University
    • MBA in business administration, Addis Ababa University
    • BA in business management, Jimma University
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