Sahlework Zewde was born on 21 February 1950. She is an Ethiopian diplomat, currently serving as President of Ethiopia, the first female to hold the office, and the fourth president since the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition came to power.
She was elected President unanimously by members of the Federal Parliamentary Assembly on 25 October 2018.
She replaced Mulatu Teshome who resigned in unclear circumstances and is expected to serve two six-year terms. Sahle-Work’s appointment makes her Africa’s only serving female head of state
Sahlework was previously a diplomat, serving as Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union at the level of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Sahlework attended elementary and secondary school at Lycée Guebre-Mariam in Addis Ababa, after which she studied natural science at the University of Montpellier, France.
She is fluent in Amharic, French and English.