Ambassador Birru previously served as Minister of Trade and Industry of Ethiopia (2001-10) and Minister of Economic Development and Cooperation of Ethiopia (1995-2001). In addition, other postings include minister heading the Ethiopian Revenue Administration Board, Deputy Minister of Finance, Administration and Logistics at the Ministry of National Defense, as well as Chief Advisor to the Minister of Defense on Economic Issues.
Ambassador Birru started his professional public service as an economist in the Office of the Council of Ministers in 1982. He has since served as an alternate governor of the World Bank and of the African Development Bank, and as a board member of COMESA Bank-PTA Bank, representing Ethiopia from 1995 to 2001. Since 1992, he has also been a chairman and member of the board of directors for various institutions, including the Ethiopian Electric Power Corp., Development Bank of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Investment Agency, Ethiopian Road Authority, and World Bank-funded Ethiopian Social Rehabilitation Development Fund.
Ambassador Birru has written two publications: “The Possible Effect of the Adjustment Role of Devaluation in Ethiopia” (1986) and “The Importance of Coffee in the Ethiopian Economy” (1982). He holds a master’s degree in economic policy and planning from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at The Hague, and a bachelor’s degree in economics with distinction from the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.