Mr. Wassihun is Ethiopian national. He Has an LLB Degree in Law from Addis Ababa University. He is the current Chairperson of the Board of Directors of HESPI. Mr. Abate has worked for many years at the Ministry of Finance of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE). He has been the head of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development since 2006. Mr. Abate is a member of the Board of Directors of several other organizations.