Kesete Admasu

Advisory board member

CEO of Big Win Philanthropy

Kesetebirhan (Kesete) Admasu joined Big Win as CEO after serving as CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. He served as Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia from 2012 – 2016. Prior to his appointment as Minister, Admasu served as State Minister for the Health Programs and Director General of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention General Directorate in the Ministry.

In his capacity as Director General, Admasu oversaw health sector reform and led the implementation of the country’s flagship Health Extension Program (HEP), which improves the quality and availability of primary health care services through community based health workers.

He has held a number of prominent positions within regional and international organizations in the health sector, including serving as Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa, Chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministerial Committee on Health, and Member of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. In recognition of his contribution to reproductive health, he was selected as a 2016 Winner of”120 Under 40, “an initiative organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.