Azeb Fissha Mekonnen is an agriculture specialist with the World Bank. Her current work focuses on managing agriculture sector dialogue interventions and partnerships on regional agriculture transformation agenda in East and Southern Africa. She has worked for a variety of World Bank operations in agriculture finance and risk management in several countries. Among her contributions, Azeb has led a national agriculture risk management diagnostic study in Zimbabwe advising the government on key reforms needed to building the resilience of the agricultural sector to climatic and macroeconomic shocks. She has also worked with financial institutions in Asia and Africa to improve their agriculture lending capacity.