Dr. Marit Kitaw

Interim Director, African Minerals Development Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Dr. Marit Kitaw is the Interim Director of the Africa Union’s African Minerals Development Center (AMDC), dedicated to minerals for sustainable development in Africa, through implementing the Africa Mining Vision (AMV). She was previously an Economist at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, where she became a strong advocate of developmental mining. Prior to that, she was one of the founding members of the AMDC.

From 2015 to 2017, Dr. Kitaw was Technical Advisor / Program Manager of the Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development program at UNDP Mozambique where she actively supported the elaboration of an AMV aligned minerals policy and strategy and the formulation of a local content policy.

Prior to that, she worked in COMESA, at the Center for Development Consultancy, at the African Development Bank, and at the Institute of World Affairs in Washington, DC.  She has written a number of papers and articles pertaining to the extractive industries and sustainable development.

Dr. Kitaw received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Nice/ Sophia-Antipolis, France, and an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability from the University of Cumbria, UK. She hails from Ethiopia and is fluent in English, French, Amharic, and conversant in Portuguese.