Ethiopia team

Tadele Ferede Agaje (project coordinator)

Tadele obtained his PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Currently, he is affiliated with the Department of Economics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He teaches courses such as macroeconomics and international trade at the graduate level. He is a research associate at the University of Antwerp, Deputy Center Director for the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia, member of the National Technical Committee for Ethiopia’s WTO accession, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the College of Business and Economics, Addis Ababa University, and editor-in-chief of the Ethiopian Journal of Economics of the Ethiopian Economics Association. He has also served as a researcher as well as a consultant in many national private and public institutions such as Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP), Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. He has also developed strong linkages through collaborative research with international organizations including the World Bank, International Labour Organization (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Centre for Food Security, and other members of the CGIAR. He has been active researcher in topical issues including growth, structural transformation, poverty, trade, agricultural-non-agricultural linkages, and labour market issues. He has produced and published several independent and joint research reports and journal articles. He is well versed in the application of a combination of econometric and applied economy-wide models, involving both partial and general equilibrium approaches. He has competence in input-output, social accounting matrix and computable general equilibrium (CGE) models using general algebraic modelling system (GAMS).

Shiferaw Kebede Abdi

Shiferaw is a professor and the dean of the Law School at Hawassa University (Ethiopia). He obtained his degrees at Haramaya University (LLB, 2006) and Addis Ababa University (LLM, 2011, thesis “Money Laundering Vis-à-vis Religious Institutions and Charitable Organizations: critical analysis of the situations on the ground”). His working experiences include the teaching of various law courses at the Micro Business College (2003-06), Hawassa University (2006-today), Furra College (2006-08) and Alpha University (2006-09). He also taught legal practitioners under the title “Enforceable laws for all: particularly for social court judges, policemen, and women vulnerable to different violence” for the Action Professionals Association for the People (APAP) (2006). His present responsibilities as the dean of the Law School at Hawassa University include the Free Legal Aid Centre to implement clinical legal education while giving legal services to the poor, children, women and disabled individuals, the research & publication team of the School, and launched post graduate studies in Environment and Land Laws, and in Business Law. He is also in charge of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre of Hawassa University, the Hawassa University Law Journal, and Legal Consultancy Services. Access to justice is a particular concern and part of the Community service of the University, comprising four centers providing free legal service to vulnerable groups of the community such as women, children, and physically impaired peoples.

Solomon Tarfasa

Solomon obtained his BA and MSC degrees in Economics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Currently, he is a PhD student at Vrije University Amsterdam, Department of Environmental Economics in the Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences. He is in the final year of his PhD study. His PhD thesis is about methodological issues in the application of choice experiments in developing countries context. Currently, he is affiliated with the Department of Economics at Hawassa University, Ethiopia and teaches at both graduate and undergraduate programmes. His research areas include choice modeling and impact evaluation in relevant fields in different circumstances. He has been engaged in different research projects such the WHaTeR project (Water Harvesting Technologies Revisited) of the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme [FP7/2007-2013].


Martha Kibru Melese (r4d PhD student)

Martha has BA in Economics and MSc. with specialization in Economic Policy Analysis form Addis Ababa University. She has been working as a Lecturer at the Department of Economics of Addis Ababa University since December 2009. Currently, she is enrolled at PhD level at the same university. Martha is committed and devoted to teaching. Besides her duty of teaching, she has been engaged with different research works in collaboration with colleagues. Her research interests particularly focus on issues related to employment patterns and policies, labor market fragility, the working poor, and poverty reduction through decent employment.

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Kokeb G. Giorgis (r4d Phd student)

Kokeb has completed his BA and Msc in Economics from Addis Ababa University, Department of Economics in 2004 and 2008 respectively. He has a keen interest in teaching and research. He has been working as graduate assistant at New Millennium University College, and as lecturer in Arba-Minch University. He has been teaching courses such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Development Economics, Econometrics, Labour Economics and Monetary Economics. His research interests particularly focus on issues related to migration, functioning of labour market, international trade, and the performance of Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs) in LDCs. Since 2013 he is a PhD student at Addis Ababa University, in the Department of Economics.

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