Shimelse Mekonnen

Shimelse Mekonnen is co-founder of MeSh Cart, a US-based e-commerce platform that specializes in providing African products to the U.S. and global market. MeSh Cart has customers in 50 U.S. states and 15 countries in Europe, Australia, and Canada. Prior to his work in e-commerce, Shimelse was an economist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a leading Washington D.C.-based think-tank devoted to research and analysis on international issues. He published several papers and policy briefs on African development issues, international trade, and the rise of the global middle class.

He is also a data analytics consultant. In this capacity, he has worked with clients such as the U.S. Department of Health and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Shimelse holds a Master's degree in economics. He is originally from Ethiopia and currently resides in Washington, D.C.