|Le'ul Ras (Prince) Dr Asfa-Wossen Asserate (born October 31, 1948, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), is
a Ethiopian-German political analyst and consultant for African and Middle-Eastern Affairs and
best-selling author. A member of the Ethiopian royalty, he is the great nephew of the last
Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I, great-grandson of the Empress Menen and son of the last
President of the Imperial Crown Council, Le'ul Ras (Duke) Asserate Kassa and his wife Leult
(Princess) Zuriash Worq Gabre-Iqziabher.
Le'ul (Prince)Dr Asfa-Wossen went to the German school in Addis Abeba, where he received
his “Abitur”, before studying law, economics and history in the University of Tübingen and the
Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1978, he was awarded a Ph.D. with honors in Ethiopian
history at the University of Frankfurt am Main.
In 1974 the Derg takeover in Ethiopia made it impossible for him to return to the land of his
ancestors: His father and sixty other dignitaries of the Imperial Government were executed
without a trial and all the members of the Imperial Family were held in kith and kin detention
for over a decade by Derg.
Whilst in West Germany Asfa-Wossen Asserate founded the Human Rights Group for Ethiopia
called the “Council for Civil Liberties in Ethiopia (CCLE)” and campaigned for the release of all
political prisoners and his detained family until the demise of the Mengistu dictatorship. After
leaving university he worked as the Press Officer for the Frankfurter Messegesellschaft (1978-
1980), and as the Director of the Press and Information Department of the Düsseldorf Trade
Fair and as a freelance journalist (1980-1983). In 1981 he became a German citizen.
Since 1983 he has been working as a Consultant for African and Middle Eastern Affairs,
advising middle-sized German companies in respect to their export promotion to these
As a political analyst he has written a considerable number of articles and essays in German
daily newspapers and learned publications. In 1994 he founded Orbis Aethiopicus, the Society
for the Preservation and Promotion of Ethiopian Culture, that holds scientific congresses with a
focus on Ethiopian culture, history and archeology and places great endeavor to pass on
Ethiopia's ancient cultural heritage to the new generation.