Ato Newai Gebre-ab has been an economic adviser to the president of Ethiopia since 1991. During the 1960s and early 1970s Gebre-ab worked at the Development Bank of Ethiopia and the Planning Commission. He then worked as a consultant in the United Kingdom and served as a staff member or consultant for various United Nations organizations. He returned to Ethiopia in December 1991. Gebre-ab earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Haile Selassie University, Addis Ababa, and his B.Litt. degree in economics from Oxford University.