Mekonnen Manyazewal , Executive Director EDRI

Mekonnen Manyazewal, is the Executive Director of EDRI with the rank of Minister.

He has many years of professional experience in leading and managing growth and development. Over the years, he held several Leadership Positions in key public institutions. As Vice Minister for Planning and Economic Development, he was part of the High Level Leadership Team that led the design and implementation of series of Ethiopia’s Economic Programs in the 1990’s.   

He was the State Minister for Finance and Economic Development for many years focusing on development policy, planning, public finance, macroeconomic policy and management. He also served as Minister of Industry leading the implementation of Industrial Policy and Plans envisaged in the First Growth and Transformation Plan. Subsequently, in 2015 he moved to establish the National Planning Commission, leading it as Commissioner. Before coming to the EDRI in November 2016 he was Advisor to the Prime Minister on International Trade and Negotiations Affairs. 

His wide professional experience is in the areas of Development Policy and Planning; Macroeconomic Policy and Management; Growth & Poverty: Trade and Industrial Policy; Development Aid Management; Public Finance management, development projects ; public investment program; design and management of economic reforms.

He has served and is serving as member of High Level Ministerial Steering Committees dealing with issues of economy wide significance. These include, Macroeconomic Management, Infrastructure Projects, National Export Council, Ethiopian Kaizen Council, and Accession to the World Trade Organization.

He has also served and is serving as Chairperson/member of a number of Board of Directors including, Privatization, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, National Bank of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Investment Board, Ethiopian Railway Corporation, and Ethiopian Power Utilities.

He is also the Founding Member of the Ethiopian Economic Association. 

Ato Mekonnen Manyazewal holds a Master of Arts in Development Economics from the International Institute for Social Studies (ISS), the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from Addis Ababa University. He has taken a number of short-term trainings in various prestigious universities abroad including Harvard Kennedy School of Management, IMF. 


Newai Gebre-ab, EDRI

Newai Gebre-ab is the Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, with the rank of Minister. Duties include contribution to macro-economic policy-making, development strategy formulation, and negotiations with World Bank, IMF and Paris club members on debt relief. Newai is also the former Executive Director of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute. He chaired the Government/Donors Committee on governance and represents the Prime Minister in the NEPAD. He is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Ethiopia. He has been Sherpa in meetings of climate issues, the transitional Committee of UNFCC that studied the design of the Green Climate Fund. He has previously worked as a project coordinator and team leader at different projects of FAO. He has also worked as an Economic Officer of the Technology Division in UNCTAD, Geneva. He has been a freelance consultant for UNDP, UNESCO and FAO among others.  Ato Newai Gebre-ab has recently received Order of the Rising Sun Gold and Silver Star from the Japanese government for his contribution in advancing the Ethio-Japan relations through chairmanship of the high level policy dialogue on industrial development between the two countries and for his efforts in spreading the Kaizen philosophy among Ethiopian institutions.

He holds Post-graduate Diploma, Economics, Manchester University and B.Litt. Economics, Oxford University, United Kingdom.


See also the 7 Technical Advisory Committee Members



Gebrehiwot Ageba Kebedew (DPhil)- Director of Programs, EDRI

Gebrehiwot Ageba Kebedew (DPhil) is the Director of Programs at EDRI. He holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford, UK and a MPhil in Monetary Economics from the University of Glasgow, UK. He has also received certificates in Macroeconomic Modelling from Harvard University and in Competition and Regulation from Athens University.

He has 17 years’ post-PhD experience in international organizations, academic administration and research management positions, different academic committees, academic and research work, policy advising, board membership, and consultancy in a number of African countries. He also worked as the Senior Economics Advisor at UNDP Malawi, and coordinated and contributed to the preparation of key official documents  in the country, such as , the 2015 Malawi National Human Development Report on Inclusive Growth and the Malawi MDG Acceleration Framework on Gender Equality and Women Economic Empowerment. In AAU, he was Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, and member of the Senate, the Council of Graduate Studies, the Board of Trustees of the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center based in AAU. He also served in different teaching and supervision positions as well as a member of the Editorial Board of the Ethiopian Journal of Development Research and of the Executive Committee at the Ethiopian Economic Association.


Alebel Bayiru Woldesillasie (PhD)-  Research Fellow &  PSR Directorate, EDRI

Alebel Bayrau Weldesilassie (PhD) is a Research Fellow and representative for the Poverty and Sectoral Research Directorate (PSRD) at EDRI since 2009. He participated in different research projects as a researcher, coordinator and leader in researches focusing on Climate change, Commodity Exchange, Rural Development Strategy, poverty and sectoral policy issues such as energy and water. He also serves as member of National Technical Committees in Sectoral Development Policy and Strategy. He also works for the International Growth Center (IGC), directed by the London School of Economics and Political Science and Oxford Universities, UK, for the Ethiopia program based at EDRI. Before he joined EDRI in 2005, he has been working as research assistance in the International Livestock Research Institute (Livestock policy analyses program), a member of the CGIAR

Alebel has also been teaching Development Economics and Managerial Economics at the faculty of business and economics in Addis Ababa University. He also serves as member of the board of examiners in Addis Ababa University, Mekele University and Civil Service University, where he advices and examines Graduate Students in Development Economics.

Alebel’s research emphasizes the application of economics theory with micro-econometrics and impact evaluation techniques to the policy analyses of economic development problems in Ethiopia. He has published in top international reviewed journals of economics. Alebel received his B.Sc from Haromaya University in 1992, M.Sc from Addis Ababa University in 2001 and PhD in Economics from Hohenheim University, Germany, in 2008. He was a visiting research scholar at the University of California Berkeley, USA, in summer 2014. 

Mulu Gebreyesus (PhD)-  Senior Research Fellow, EDRI

Mulu Gebreeyesus (PhD) is a senior researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) starting July 2014.  He had been working as a senior researcher at the UNU-MERIT, the Netherlands until recently (2008-2014). Prior to this, he served as a Research Fellow and Head of Poverty and Sectoral Development Directorate at EDRI for the period 2006-2008. Mulu’s research interest is on industrial policy, trade orientation and firm performance, and innovation and growth in small businesses. He has coordinated and managed different research projects pertaining to the formal and informal sectors in Ethiopia and published a number of articles in international reviewed journals. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2006. Here are some published Papers from Mulu Gebreeyesus:

A natural experiment of industrial policy: Floriculture and the metal and engineering industries in Ethiopia

Industrial policy and development in Ethiopia: Evolution and present experimentatio

Innovation and Microenterprises Growth in Ethiopia

 Tadesse Kuma  Worako (PhD)-  Research Fellow & Agricultural and Rural Directorate, EDRI

Tadesse Kuma (PhD) is a researcher at Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) since late 1999. He holds PhD in Agricultural Economics from University of Free State, Republic of South Africa, in September 2008. Since then he deeply engaged in various research works mainly focus on agricultural extension and rural development, forest management, Ethiopian’s coffee sector assessment, food price analysis, CAADP initiatives and its implementation, teff value chain analysis, land certification and tenure security, private investment on agriculture and other multiple research works. During this process, he published several articles and research outputs. In addition to research activities, Tadesse also has been serving as lecturer for post graduate programs on Agriculture and Rural Development. He served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Nazerth Garment Share Company, and has been member of Board of Directors for several Public Enterprises since 2000. 


 Mezgebe Mihretu- Policy Analyst, Logistics, Trade & Private Sector Development, EPAU/EDRI

Mezgebe Mihretu is a Policy Analyst, Logistics, Trade and Private Sector Development at EPAU/EDRI. He has been a Senior Management member at EDRI as Head of Finance & HR. Mezgebe has also been in charge of the duties of the Director of Programs during the previous years.  He has played a key role in the establishment and Institutionalization of EDRI. He actively involves in the study of Insurance Business Industry. Mezgebe holds MBL from the University of South Africa (UNISA).



Andualem Tilaye Mengistu (PhD)-  Associate Research Fellow, EDRI

Andualem Telaye Mengistu (PhD) is a senior researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). Currently, he is the director of the macroeconomic division at the Ethiopian Policy Analysis of EDRI. He has received his PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics. For his thesis he mainly focused on the workings of the monetary markets of developing countries and addressed such issues as whether the East African community countries are ready to form a monetary union. 

His current research interests are monetary policy in a less developed monetary market and tax systems in developing countries. In particular, he is currently working on the fiscal system in Ethiopia (especially the tax system), modelling inflation for the Ethiopian economy, and determinants of commodity prices. Besides research, he is producing various policy briefs.

Research and Teaching fields: Monetary Economics, International macroeconomics, Public Finance.  

Berihu Assefa (PhD)-  Associate Research Fellow, EDRI

Berihu Assefa is a Senior Associate Researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). Currently he is the director of the Trade, Trade Logistics and Markets Program at the Economic Policy Analysis Unit of EDRI. He received his Masters and PhD Degrees in International Development Studies and Development Economics from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo in 2009 and 2013 respectively. As a Development Microeconomist, Berihu’s research features the application of microeconomics and micro-econometrics to the policy analyses of economic development problems in Ethiopia. Berihu has worked as a Research Assistant with senior economists at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. He has also worked as a Lead Researcher for a UNIDO project in Mekelle, Ethiopia, in which his main task was designing program impact evaluation. Berihu Assefa is a member of the Technical Steering Committee for PEPE (DFID’s private sector development program in Ethiopia). His research undertakings mainly include industrial development: learning technology and better management skills from abroad, Micro and Small-scale Enterprises development, the implications of East Asian development for Africa, and trade policy analysis. 


Biniam Egu Bedasso (PhD)-  Research Fellow, EDRI

Biniam Egu Bedasso is a development economist with special focus on political economy and institutional economics. Currently, Biniam works on issues of structural transformation, human capital development and governance in Ethiopia and on the African continent. He leads EDRI’s program on Structural Transformation and Industrial Development (STID). He has formerly held research positions in various institutions including the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA). Biniam was a Robert S. McNamara fellow of the World Bank in 2012. His scholarly works have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals such as Economics & Politics and the Journal of Development Studies. Biniam holds a PhD in Public Policy from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Publications by Biniam Egu Bedasso 

Firew Bekele (PhD)-  Associate Research Fellow, EDRI

Firew Bekele Woldeyes is Associate Research Fellow at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute, currently working in the Macronomics and Trade Policy Department. He also works as Workgroup Lead for Environment and Climate Research Center to develop a Sustainable Urbanization Program. He holds a PhD in Economics and Management from Aarhus University. His fields of specialization include urban development in developing countries, domestic resource mobilization and adaptation to climate change.



Girum Abebe (PhD)-  Associate Research Fellow, EDRI

Girum Abebe is a researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). He obtained Ph.D in Development Economics from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). His main research interests are the applications of field experiments in development economics to study the constraints that face enterprises in developing countries. He has been actively engaged in field experiment designs, particularly in the implementations and impact evaluations of business and management skills training to young entrepreneurs and the impact evaluation of job search assistance schemes to young unemployed job-seekers. He has also been working on the issue of the mechanisms firms employ to learn new knowledge from technology leaders at home as well as from abroad, and the roles human capital and agglomerations economies play in the learning process.

Haileselassie Medhin (PhD)-  Center Director, ECRC

Haileselassie Medhin  is the center director of ECRC.  His  research interests include behavioral and experimental economics, environmental economics and development economics. His current research combines insights from behavioral economics with experimental and survey data to address issues related to the behavior and livelihood of poor farm-households in developing countries, such as agricultural technology adoption, social learning, attitudes towards risk and ambiguity, status concerns, social preferences, cooperative behavior, and the management of natural resources. Medhin completed his PhD in Economics from the University of Gothenburg in 2013 and  his dissertation was titled 'The Poor and Their Neighbors: Essays on Behavioral and Experimental Economics'. He also completed his MSc in Economics from the University of Gothenburg in 2007 and his BA in Economics from Addis Ababa University in 2004.

Publications By Haileselassie Medhin 

Kiflu Gedefe (PhD)-  Associate Research Fellow, EDRI


Mekonnen Bekele (PhD)-  Research Fellow, EDRI

Mekonnen Bekele Wakeyo is a researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute/EDRI since January 2003.  He conducted research in the socio-economic and environmental aspects of irrigation, irrigation financing and institutions, price incentive and disincentive, education, micro and small enterprises and foreign direct investment. Mekonnen has several published and unpublished studies in the area of irrigation and agricultural water management, water users’ institutions, integrated leather sector value chain analysis, rice quality and marketing, constraints to trade and investment, education and economic growth. He has published articles in international peer reviewed journals in these areas (two of them are listed below).

Mekonnen focused on micro-economic theory and policy in his PhD study and Macro and micro-economic theory and policy in his postgraduate study. He received his PhD from Agricultural Economics and Rural policy group of Wageningen University in 2012. From September 1999-2001, Mekonnen studied Economic Policy Analysis in Addis Ababa University School of Postgraduate and African Economic Research Consortium joint collaborative studies, in Nairobi. 

Mekonnen was a research fellow in the Rural Development Section of Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences/JIRCAS in 2012 and 2015.

Before joining EDRI in 2003, Mekonnen served in various public offices: Finance and Economic Development, Trade and Industry, Transport and Communication and Capacity Building and Education.   

Tigabu Degu Getahun (PhD)-  Research Fellow, EDRI

Tigabu Degu Getahun (PhD) is a research fellow at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute since 2005. He is also a senior researcher at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn starting from 2015. Getahun had taught microeconomics at Addis Ababa University from 2008 to 2010.His main research interest includes gender, Individual and household welfare, firm dynamics, labor, innovation, inter-sectoral linkages and green industrialization. He has implemented experimental and quasi-experimental methods in his impact evaluation research. Getahun has a long track record of quantitative and qualitative studies and has been commissioned to work for the European Commission (EC), the World Bank (WB), UNU-WIDER, the Stanford Center for International Development (SCID), Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), International Labor Organization (ILO), POWER Africa (CARE Canada), the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and Japan Foundation for Advanced Studies on International development (FASID). His current research themes include agricultural innovation and global value chain development in Africa, structural transformation and industrial development, green industrialization, women employment and empowerment in developmental state, urbanization and its implication on individual welfare, firm performance and public service delivery in Ethiopia. He obtained PhD in development economics from university of Bonn, Germany and in economics from University of Copenhagen, Denmark and B.A degree in economics from Addis Ababa University. 

Tsegay Gebrekidan Tekleselassie (PhD) -  Research Fellow, EDRI  

Tsegay Gebrekidan Tekleselassie (PhD) obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex in 2016. He holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a BA in Economics from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. His research areas broadly lie in applied micro and macro aspects of development particularly the role of institutions and human capital in economic performance, public policy, trade, and applied econometrics. His further research interests include the measure and role of management practices in firm performance and public institutions, unemployment in developing countries, and well-being among others. He has administered surveys and field experiments for the Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford (Light manufacturing in Addis Ababa); the Centre for Economic Performance, the London School of Economics (for firms in Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, and Tanzania), and the World Bank (school surveys in Tanzania).  He has also undertaken commissioned works for UNICEF and the International Growth Centre among others. During his stay at Sussex as a PhD student, Tsegay taught macroeconomics and microeconomics for first and second-year students.

Publications by Tsegay Gebrekidan Tekleselassie 

Published Articles

Barry Reilly & Tsegay Gebrekidan Tekleselassie (2017): The role of United States Visa Waiver Program on cross-border travel, Applied Economics Letters, DOI:10.1080/13504851.2017.1293782

Conditionally accepted Articles

The Impact of Emergency Food Aid on Children’s Schooling and Work Decisions” (with Nzinga Brousard and Robert Poppe), World Development

Working Papers

Subjective Wellbeing and Institutions: The Case of Rural Ethiopia. EDRI Working Paper 16. Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Development Research Institute.

The Impact of Emergency Food Aid on Children’s Schooling and Work Decisions” (with Nzinga Brousard and Robert Poppe)

“Youth Unemployment: Ethiopia Country Study” (with Nzinga Brousard), IGC Working Paper, 12/0592, August, 2012


Book Chapters

“Ethiopia Case Study” (with John Page, Nzinga Brousard, Tadele Ferede, and Hansa Reda). In Hino, H., & Ranis, G. (Eds.), Youth and Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Working But Poor (pp. 163-231). Routledge (2014)

Non-academic articles 

Enhance Agricultural Productivity for Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa (2016)