HE Fisseha Adugna




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HE Fisseha Adugna was born on September 27, 1955 in Fitche, Shoa in Ethiopia where he spent his formative years until leaving to attend Tafari Mekonnen High School in Addis Ababa.


He pursued his college studies and earned a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations, with distinction, from Addis Ababa University. He also pursued post-graduate studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria, where he earned a Master's Degree in Diplomatic Services and International Organisations.


HE Fisseha has also completed many additional courses and seminars, including:

  • Summer course in International Relations, Social Sciences and German Language, University of Vienna in Stroble, Austria (July 1983)

  • French language course, Centre De Formation Et D'Etudies Francais Pratiques in Amboise France (August 1983)
  • Seminar at Ecole Nationale D'Administration in Paris, France (September 1983)
  • Seminar at Economic University of Budapest in Budapest, Hungary (May 1984)
  • Seminar at European Academy in Berlin, West Germany (June 1984)


HE Fisseha has had a long career in diplomacy. Beginning his diplomatic career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980, he served as Third Secretary in the Policy, Planning and Research Department. In 1984, he was promoted to Second Secretary and served until 1986 as Desk Officer for Western European Countries in the Ministry. In 1986, he was promoted Counselor and Head of Neighboring Countries Division in the Ministry. In 1991, he was named Acting Head of the Africa Department in the Ministry. He served in this post until his appointment to the Ethiopian Mission to the United States in April 1992. Mr. Fisseha served as Deputy Chief of Mission in the rank of Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington, D.C. until December 10, 2000. On December 13 2000 he was appointed as Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Ethiopia in London, United Kingdom, and was made Ambassador on March 8th 2002.


During his career, HE Fisseha has attended four Organization of African Unity (OAU) Heads of States Summits, the UN General Assembly (1990), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Meetings, the first U.S.-Africa Ministerial Conference (1988, Washington, D.C.), the Annual Meeting of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (1999, Washington D.C.), and many other meetings of international and regional organizations.


HE Fisseha speaks Oromiffa, Amharic, English, French and German.


He is married and has two children.