Chairman, Kazana Group
Addis Alemayehou is the founder and chairman of Kanzana Group, a holding company with stakes in more than a dozen early stage companies across Africa, including mobile service provider Arada Mobile, streaming service Avetol, and Flex Towers, which delivers infrastructure for telecomms providers. He is one of the biggest cheerleaders for Ethiopia’s nascent tech ecosystem. Alemayehou’s entrepreneurial spirit was born in Canada, where he started buying and leasing properties when he was 18, after moving there to join his family. Ten years later, Alemayehou found his way back to Ethiopia, where he began working in the nonprofit sector and later broke into telecommunications.