Nigest is an activist in the promotion of women entrepreneurs, with a focus on women exporters. She has 23 years’ experience working in the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry, at different capacities. In 2004, she founded CAWEE, a pioneer trade promotion organisation, providing promotional and capacity building for women exporters. CAWEE was the implementing organisation of the government’s economic empowerment project “Connecting 1,500 Women and Young Girls to the Export Market” and Nigest has played a crucial role in developing international markets. She has received several awards recognising her work empowering women, including from UN Women and ILO, the Center for Economic and Leadership Development in New York and “Women Stop Hunger Award” in France. She serves/has served on several boards and is an Advisory Board Member of the Global Economic Forum for Women in Africa.