Berhanu, Abegaz Prof

Field: Chemistry
Fellow of AAS since 2012

Berhanu Abegaz is the Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences having been appointed to the post in March 2011. Abegaz was born in Ethiopia.

He completed his secondary education at Woizero Siheen Comprehensive Secondary School, Wollo, Dessie in 1963 and then entered Haile Selassie I University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After receiving his B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1968 he was awarded an AFGRAD Scholarship and joined the Graduate Program in Chemistry at the University of Vermont, USA, where he studied under the mentorship of Professor A. PaulKrapcho. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 1973 for his dissertation entitled “Photochemistry of Polymethylene-ketene Dimers and Polyspirocyclobutanones.

Before joining AAS Prof. Abegaz was professor of chemistry at the University of Botswana in Gaborone for 17 years. He has also been a member of the chemistry department at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia from 1973 until 1994. He was elected a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences in 1998. Since 2002, he has been a provisional member of the IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division. A vigorous researcher in the field of natural products chemistry, Abegaz has published ca 170 scientific papers and supervised the research of 17 M.S., 10 Ph.D., and 3 postdoctoral students.

Beyond the walls of the university, from 1983 to 1987 he served as the first president of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia, and from 1987 to 1994 was founding editor of the Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia. From 1984 to 1996 he was a founding member of the Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa, and from 1992 to 2011 founded and coordinated the Network for Analytical and Biological Services for Africa (NABSA). He has served in several international committees such as IOCD, ICSU, IFS  Advisory Board, UNESCO IBSP, and as member of the Advisory Board of a number of international Journals. He has also received a few awards of merit, such as the Pierre Crabe Award, the CNR Rao Award, the IFS-DANIDA award, and the Chemical Society Award of Merit.

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Teketay, Demel, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2006,
Forest Science/Forest Vegetation Ecology
Born in 1956, Ethiopia

Prof. Demel Teketay obtained his B.Sc. from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), M.Sc. in 1986 from the Reading University (UK) and PhD in 1996 from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden) and held a position of Post-Doctoral Fellow in the same University.

His research interests include ecosystem analysis and conservation, diversity structure, dynamics and conservation of forest coffee areas, diversity and mechanisms of regeneration of forest species, forest certification, role of fire in the regeneration of plants species, protection and conservation of forest and biodiversity, restoration of degraded forested sites, impact of plantations on indigenous woody species regeneration, medicinal plants, wild plants with edible fruits/seeds, ethno-botany and ethno-ecology.

He is currently Professor in Forest Science, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Previously, he has served at various capacities as: Executive Manager, African Eco-labelling Mechanism, Nairobi, Kenya; Associate Professor in Forest Science and Research Scholar in Plant Ecology, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana; first African Regional Director, Forest Stewardship Council – African Regional Office (FSC Africa), Kumasi and Accra, Ghana; Director General and Director of Forestry Research, Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Assistant Professor, Alemaya University, Alemaya, and Wondo Genet College of Forestry, Wondo Genet, Ethiopia; Postdoctoral Fellow, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala and Umeå, Sweden; Assistant Professor, Alemaya University Alemaya, Ethiopia; Lecturer, Addis Ababa University, Alemaya College/University of Agriculture, Alemaya; Postgraduate Fellow, Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen, Netherlands; Assistant Lecturer, Addis Ababa University, Alemaya College/University of Agriculture, Alemaya, Ethiopi; Graduate Assistant, Addis Ababa University, Alemaya College/University of Agriculture, Alemaya, Ethiopia; and Extension Agent and Coffee Quality Inspector, Ministry of Coffee and Tea Development (MCTD), Agaro and Jimma, Ethiopia.

He is a member of Ecological Society of Eastern Africa (ESEA); African Forest Forum (AFF); Forest Stewardship Council; International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALC); Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society; Forestry Society of Ethiopia; African Network of Ethno-botany and Ethno-ecology; International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) Project Group P2. 04-00: Seed Problems; Tropical Biological Association; International Society for Tropical Ecology; and Biological Society of Ethiopia (one of the Founding Members).

He has published 218 scientific articles and technical reports, i.e.  five books, 13 articles in books 132 peer-reviewed articles in international and national journals, five articles in quasi-scientific journals, 10 small articles published in bulletins and newsletters, 18 published abstracts and 13 technical reports.

He has also obtained several recognitions, i.e. appointed as an International Fellow of the Forestry Unit of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA); selected as a member of the United Nations University – Institute of Natural Resources in Africa(UNU-INRA) College of Research Associates (CRA); ranked as Number 1 in the “Ranking of scientists in Botswana Institutions According to Their Google Scholar Citations Public Profiles”; honored and recognized for outstanding contribution to the advancement of science in Ethiopia by the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences by conferment of the status of Associate Fellow (2014); recognition for Professional Services/Contribution from the Ethiopian e-Journal for Research and Innovation Foresight in 2011 - Ee-JRIF Vol 3, No 1 (2011) – Agriculture and Forestry Issue: pp (60-64); honored and recognized for outstanding contribution to the advancement of science in Africa by the African Academy of Sciences by conferment of the status of Fellow; trophy from the Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources for outstanding contribution to forest research in Ethiopia; gold medal and Certificate of Appreciation from the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) for meritorious achievements in the National Agricultural Research System;Man of the Year representing Ethiopia for 2008” – award, which exemplifies the importance and validation of deeds well done; “The Key Award” - issued for those who have attained high levels of personal success while demonstrating an ongoing determination toward enriching the lives of others; “Commemorative Medal of Honor, Special Hallmark 2000” - medal of Honor commemorating distinguished lifelong achievements; “International Cultural Diploma of Honour” - awarded for exceptional service to a profession and/or contribution to the area in which the nominee lives; andMan of the Year 2000” - awarded for outstanding accomplishments to date and the notable example set for peers and entire community from the American Biographical Institute (ABI), USA.

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Mammo Muchie, Prof

AAS Fellow since 2013
IIndustrial Economics of Technology and Innovation

Professor Muchie holds a PhD in Science, Technology, Innovation for Development (STI4D) from the University of Sussex. He is currently a DST/NRF Research Professor oflnnovation Studies at the Institute of Economics Research on Innovation (IERI), at Tshwane University of Technology. He is also concurrently the professor at Development and International Relations(DIR) at Aalborg University.

He is also senior Research Associate at the SLPTMD Programme at Oxford University.He has held various positions, among which include the Director of the Research Programme on Civil Society and African Integration at the then University of KwaZulu-Natal, Honorary Professor at Jiaxing University in China, Assistant Professor in Amsterdam University, Visiting Professor in Carlton College,USA , Principal Lecturer at Middlesex University, Professor at Aalborg University and Lecturer at Cambridge University.

He teamed up with the founders of the Globelics initiative to start the new relationship between Northern and Southern researchers by focusing researchon the challenges of building African innovation systems. Thus Africa has been put first in highlighting the Globelics foundation of a new field on Innovation and Development. ( He is a scientific Board member of Globelics and the Globelics Academy.

He started and is Chief editor of the African journal on Science, Technology, Innovation and Development that has been founded in 2009.( He also helped to found the African Globelics Doctoral Academy that has also been founded in 2009 Qntp:// He is a scientific board member of the network that connects North Africa, with the Middle East and southern Europe

Perhaps one of the most significant contributions to promote the emerging field on innovation studies in Africa was the South African research Chairs Initiative. (SARChI). The first chair on innovation studies supported by the DST/NRF in South Africa was awarded to Prof.Muchie to promote doctoral and post-doctoral research in Africa. He is also a founding scientific advisor to 'the African Solar network (

He is chairman of the Network of Ethiopian scholars ( and is chide editor of the open access electronic journal The Ethiopian Electronic Journal for Research & Innovation Foresight (Ee-JRIF.).

He is also editor of the Globelics journal of Innovation and Development (published by Routledge)(, and the Journal of Agriculture and Economic Development,ssociate Editor of the Journal of Economics and Institutions, University of Malaysia and others.

He has served as a postdoctoral mentor in the NRF national postdoctoral Forum. His abiding interest is to see Africa fully free and united with originality and relevance.

Professor Muchie has widely published in the areas of: (i) International political economy and the emergence of new world orders, (ii) Broad based development studies, (iii) The foundation of an African system of innovation, and (iv) Comparative regional research on technology and development. Since 1985, he has· produced over 200 publications, including books, chapters in books, articles in internationally accredited journals and entries in institutional publications.

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Solomon Habtemariam, Dr 

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy
Born on 25 May 1964

Dr Habtemariam is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich’s Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Sciences in the UK.  He is also a Programme Leader at the University of Greenwich’s School of Science. Dr Habtemariam is a leading expert on drug discovery researches from natural sources. By using ethno-botanical information and bioassay-guided isolation studies, Dr Habtemariam's research has identified several classes of bioactive compounds.

The holder of a PhD from the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Strathclyde has published over 130 peer reviewed papers. His previous positions include being a Research Fellow at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, a postdoctoral fellow at the Strathclyde Institute for Drug Research and Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde.
Through international collaboration with colleagues in Africa, Asia and Europe, the scientist basis of numerous medicinal plants have been established. Specifically, novel potential therapeutic agents in the following areas haven uncovered:

• Antibacterial agents including antiviral natural products targeting Herpes.
• Novel anticancer natural products with unique structural features.
• The chemistry and pharmacology of novel natural anti-inflammatory compounds.
• Significant contribution in the search of promising antidiabetic and anti-obesity compounds from natural sources.
• Identification of medicinal foods and medicinal plants with promising neuroprotective effects.
• Established the role of natural antioxidant compounds in health and disease.

He is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Royal Society of Chemistry and the African Scientific Institute

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Bahru Zewde, Prof

AAS Fellow since 2015
Intellectual History
Born in 1947

As Chairperson of the Department of History of Addis Ababa University, Prof Zewde fostered a vibrant tradition of annual departmental seminars and co-organised two Eastern African History Conferences as well as starting a collaborative research project on Ethiopian land tenure with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. As Director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Prof Zewde directed a SSRC-funded project for the compilation of a Catalogue of Clandestine Literature in Ethiopia, initiated the South Omo Research Center, and convened the Adwa Centenary International Conference in February-March 1996.

As Executive Director of the Forum for Social Studies, he led a number of policy research projects, raised its culture of policy dialogue to the highest level as well as organizing the first international conference on civil society. 

He participated in a number of CODESRIA research networks and has been editing its journal, Africa Review of Books, since 2004. Prof Zewde has supervised scores of theses and dissertations and mentored a number of young historians and authored four books, edited or co-edited eight others and published dozens of articles.

His prizes and awards include: the British Council Scholarship, 1972-1976; British Academy Fellowship, June-September 1983; French Government research grant, July-September 1986; Japan Foundation Fellow, January-March 1991; USIA and NEH Visiting Scholar, Boston University, July-September, 1991; Visiting Fellow, St. Cross College and St. Antony's College, Oxford University, Michaelmas Term 1992; Golden Jubilee Award for "diligence, exemplary conduct and outstanding contribution", Addis Ababa University, 11 December 2000; Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), Berlin, October 2010-July 2011; Founding Fellow and Vice President of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences since 2010.

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Sossina M Haile, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015

Energy Materials

Born in 1966

Prof. Sossina Haile’s research broadly encompasses solid state ionic materials and devices, with particular focus on energy technologies. She has established a new class of fuel cells based on solid acid electrolytes and demonstrated record power densities for solid oxide fuel cells. Her more recent work on water dissociation for solar-fuel generation by thermochemical processes has created new avenues for harnessing sunlight to meet rising energy demands. She has published more than 150 articles and holds more than 15 patents on these and other topics.

Amongst her many awards, in 2008 Haile received an American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellowship from the National Science Foundation in recognition of “her timely and transformative research in the energy field and her dedication to inclusive mentoring, education and outreach across many levels.”

Her other awards:

  • International Ceramics Prize (World Academy of Ceramics) 2012, for “high-flux solar driven thermochemical CO2 dissociation and high-performance solid oxide fuel cell cathode."
  • Chemical Pioneer Award (AIC) 2010, for “establishing new classes of fuel cells.
  • ·American Competitiveness Initiative Fellowship (NSF), 2008, for “timely and transformative research in the energy field and dedication to inclusive mentoring, education & outreach…”
  • ·Named as one of twelve people to watch in 2008 by Newsweek Magazine.
  •  27th Congressional District Woman of the Year, 2002.
  •  J. Wagner Award (ECS) 2001, for significant contributions towards the understanding of high-temperature, ion-conducting materials.
  •  Coble Award (ACerS) 2000, in recognition of outstanding research in ceramic science.
  • Hardy Award, (TMS) 1997, for exceptional promise of success in materials science.
  •  National Young Investigator (NSF), 1994-1999, to investigate solid electrolytes.

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Eleni Aklillu, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Clinical Pharmacologist, Pharmacogeneticist 

Prof Aklillu was born and educated in Ethiopia as pharmacist (B.Pharm) and biochemist (MSc.) from Addis Ababa University. She obtained her PhD degree in molecular genetics from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, where she became associate professor of Pharmacology in 2009 and full professor of pharmacogenomics in 2016. She is currently serving at Karolinska Institutet as senior research scientist and leader of her own research group.

She has a well-documented scientific track record for initiation, planning, execution and leading several clinical research projects in the field of Pharmacology as principal investigator. Her current research involves 1) pharmacogenetics and pharmacokinetics aspects of drug interactions between anti-tuberculosis, antiretroviral and antimalarial drugs and its implication for optimization of TB, HIV and malaria co-treatment. 2) Randomized clinical trial to identify optimal timing to start antiretroviral in TB-HIV co-infected patients receiving anti-tuberculosis therapy, 3) Discovery and validation of novel genetic, metabolic and proteomic biomarker for drug induced liver toxicity 4) Antimicrobial resistance and Hospital acquired infection 5) Neuro-psychopharmacology: investigating genetic predisposition to violent suicide and psychiatric disorders and depression.

Over the past 15 years Professor Aklillu has made a substantial contribution to the knowledge of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenetics of anti-tuberculosis and antiretroviral drug-interactions in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research findings have contributed for the knowledge of first line HIV drugs, and continue to provide realistic input parameters for treatment optimization of HIV, TB and malaria. Her pharmacogenetics and pharmacokinetics drug-drug interaction studies between anti-TB and antiretroviral drugs have provided key evidence to support dosing policies employed by programs in resource-constrained settings and understanding of pharmacogenetic diversity of sub Saharan African population.

 She is has supervised 13 completed Ph.D. students and 5 postdoctoral students across a wide range of research subjects.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc.

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
  • Honorary Professor of clinical Pharmacology at Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Kragujevac, Serbia.
  • Honorary Professor of clinical Pharmacology at Collage of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

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Masresha Fetene, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Plant Ecophysiology
Born in 1954

Prof Masresha Fetene spearheaded the establishment of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, which he now leads as Executive Director. Prof Masresha served as Vice President for Research of Addis Ababa University (AAU) (2009 -2013). During this period he established the office of the Vice President for Research with three directorates, i.e., Research, University-Industry Linkage and Community Service and established three new research institutes: the Institute of Biotechnology, the Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources and the Institute of Development and Policy Research.

He formulated research strategies and appropriate policies and procedures for successful implementation of the research vision of Addis Ababa University. He also initiated and oversaw the growth and expansion of graduate studies at AAU in the introduction of new programs (over 35 new masters and over 25 new PhD programs) and curriculum revision, in the growth of graduate student admission (e.g., PhD student enrolment from 360 to 1540) as well as in quality improvement programs such as visiting scholarship schemes and formation of consortia.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc.

  • Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences
  • Founding member of the Biological Society of Ethiopia
  • Research Fellowship, University of Bayreuth, German Research Foundation (1991-1992)
  • UNESCO-ICRO - Short term Research Fellowship Award (Summer 1994)
  • DAAD Short term Research Visit Award (Summer 1995 and 2003)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (July 2000- September 2001)

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Aberra Mogessie, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Earth Sciences: Petrology

Prof Mogessie served as a high school teacher (Ethiopian University Student´s National Service) from 1971-72; a Graduate Assistant at the Geology Department of the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia from 1973-1974 and attended Graduate school at the University of Minnesota, USA from 1974-1976 (MSc, 1976). He has been a lecturer at the Geology Department of the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia from 1976-1981 where he worked before studying for a PhD at the University of Innsbruck in Austria from 1981-1984.

After completing his PhD, Prof Mogessie joined the university of Innsbruck as a Rsearch Fellow from 1985-1988, a position he held until he left to become a Lecturer at the Mining University of Leoben from 1989-1992. His other teaching positions include: Lecturer, University of Graz from 1992-1995. In 1995 he received  Dr. Habil at the University of Graz, where he has a tenured position as Professor.

He was elected and has served as Chairman, Institute of Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Graz from 1999- 2001, Deputy Chairman, Institute of Mineralogy and Petrology, University of Graz from 2001 to 2004; Deputy Chairman of the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Graz from 2010-2012;. He was also appointed as Senior Research Associate for the NRRI at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, USA in 2011.

Prof Mogessie has  taught several courses in Mineralogy, Crystallography , Petrology, Geochemistry and mineral deposits at the University of Addis Ababa, University of Innsbruck, Mining University of Leoben and University of Graz (since 1976). In addition to lectures he has given in national and international meetings, Prof Mogessie has held workshops on subjects related to silicate mineralogy and platinum mineralisation at the University of El Menia, Egypt, and organised student geological excursions to Cyprus, Ethiopia, Argentina, Bulgaria, USA and South Africa.

He has been awarded several grants from the Austrian Science fund for his research on mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry and mineral deposits and implemented the  following projects among others:

•  1996-1998 : FWF-Project P10623-TEC: metamorphism and mineralisation, San Luis Province, Central Argentina.

•  1998-2002.: FWF-Project P12180-TEC: Genesis of gold in Strassegg and Pb-Zn in Graz-Paleozoic, Austria.

•  2000-2002: FWF-Project P13643-GEO: The petrology and mineralisation of the Yubdo-Daleti-Tulu Dimtu mafic-ultramafic rocks and the surrounding basement rocks, Ethiopia. 

•  2005-2009: FWF-Project P17350-N10: The petrology, geochemistry and mineralization of the mafic-ultramafic rocks in the surrounding basement rocks of the La Huerta-Valle Fertil ranges, San Juan province, Argentina.

•  2011-2015: FWF-Project P 23157-N21: Role of magma and fluid flow processes in distribution of Cu-Ni and Platinum – Group Elements (Duluth Complex, Minnesota, U.S.A).

In addition to his administrative functions, he has also supervised over 30 Bachelor, Masters and PhD students and employed in his projects Post docs from England, Argentina and Hungary.

He has published over 250 research papers in reviewed journals and conference proceedings in the different fields of Earth Sciences ranging from petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry, economic geology, engineering geology, computers & geosciences to geotourism in Ethiopia. Apart from that he has served as member of editorial boards of several scientific journals and a reviewer of scientific papers and project proposals.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc.

•  Elected, President of the Geological Society of Africa, GSAf (2008-2102 and re-elected for second term (2012-2016).

•  Served as elected Vice President of the Austrian Mineralogical Society (2011-2013) and President (2014).

•  Fellow of the African Science Institute (ASI)

•  Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (since 1990)

•  Fellow of the Geological Society of America (2015)

•  Associate Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences since 2015

•  Member of the IUGS Nominating Committee (2008-2012)

•  Member of the Advisory Panel of the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC35), Cape Town, South Africa

•  Member and then President of the Steering Committee (2010, 2011respectively) of the African-European Georesources System (AEGOS)

•  Member of the steering committee of the Geo-Information Resource for Africa (GIRAF)

•  Elected as Board member of the Earth Sciences Matters Foundation (a legacy of the IYPE-International Year of Planet Earth) in August 2012

•  Elected member of the Geological Society of America International Committee for the period Nov.2014-June 2018

•  Senior advisor to the International Association of Geoethics (IAGETH)

•  Member of the advisory group of the UNESCO project on the African Network of Earth Science Institutions (ANESI)

•  Serve as member of several expert groups dealing with mineral resources in Africa under the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as well as the European Commission (EU).

•  He is the 2011 recipient of the NMGS (Nigerian Mining and Geoscience Society) award in Gold and Plaque in honor of Prof. Oyawoye of Nigeria as a hard rock African Geologist

•  He is the 2012 recipient of the Luis Federico Prize to International Cooperation in Science and Technology and Innovation from the Argentinian Minister of Science and Technology

•  Recieved a Certificate of Recognition of 25 years of distinguished service tot he Society of Economic Geologists in 2015.


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